I disagree with your limited view of what transformers fiction can or should be. Also, science fiction has long contained both "escapist" fiction AND heavily allegorical or message-oriented material; a strong argument can be made that sf is ... Dammit. Can't phrase it the way I want. Much of the best sf has "something to say;" being more "fantastic," in many ways, allows sf to communicate better than a more direct "real world" take. Again, you're entitled to your opinion. If you read my op and the majority of this thread, those of us who are frustrated by where ll has gone are not upset because of gay robots, but a dramatic drop in quality of writing and tasteless behind the scenes issues relating to the artwork. We're not saying goodbye because of values. You aren't adding to the discussion? Rather centering it on something entirely different? I'm *here* for the gay robots. (And I'm not here for the people who can't handle the gay robots.) I'd also reallllly like fewer copout deaths and better payoffs. And Milne back on art. And anode and lug to die, offpanel.