There is so much literature out there on transformers. Its a survival story; its a war story; its an adventure; sometimes a horror piece; and sometimes a mystery. However, due to the space opera and mechanical/robotic foundations there is a strong sci-fi element in every story. Two ideas I've just had were that like cyberpunk was a genre of a near future technological mish-mash.... the TFs underwent a bio-punk, for lack of a better term, evolution with head masters, pretender shells and beast-wars type organic transformations. I think this is pretty well accepted although there is no terminology for it in the broader literary sence than the diminutive "blank-masters" gimmick. However I think there is a lot there to be explored. I'm hopeful the wood transformer in the latest issue of MTMTE will expand on this! Another near idea, is that of the shared consciousness. Especially with the combiner technology, head master technology and powermaster technology I think everyone understands the gimmick... but the geist state hasn't been explored. Not just of the shared-mind, but the unquiness of consciousness between robots and then of robots and organics. With the fantastic characterizations, especially in MTMTE, and the focus on psychology of the transformer mind - get well soon Rung! - I'm hopeful future TF stories can define new genres ... not just the gimmicks. I know these aren't new thoughts or concepts... but if you have a new way of looking at a transformer story concept feel free to chime in here!