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28th Apr '16 2:51:52 PM DeckardCanine
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* RageAgainstTheHeavens (if not a literal deity, then against the basic structure of the world; e.g., death)



* ScrewDestiny



* RageAgainstTheHeavens (if not a literal deity, then against the basic structure of the world; e.g., death)
* ScrewDestiny

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* RageAgainstTheHeavens (if not a literal deity, then against the basic structure of the world; e.g., death)
* ScrewDestiny
31st Mar '16 3:46:40 PM WillKeaton
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-->-- [[Creator/EliezerYudkowsky Eliezer Yudkowsky]], on [[http://lesswrong.com/lw/3m/rationalist_fiction/ Rationalist Fiction]].

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-->-- [[Creator/EliezerYudkowsky Eliezer Yudkowsky]], on [[http://lesswrong.com/lw/3m/rationalist_fiction/ Rationalist Fiction]].
Fiction.]]
27th Mar '16 3:10:22 PM supergod
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* Page quote aside, this was the intent of Doyle in writing most of the original SherlockHolmes stories. Detective literature at the time was dominated by supergeniuses who pulled conclusions from the air using only their own brilliance, whereas Holmes was intended as a subversion, his only superpower being the experience that allowed him to pay attention to the data and then explain his conclusions in entirely reproducible and rational terms, often even pulling the data itself from a morass of irrelevant data that he likewise had actual reasons to disregard or downplay. Some of the techniques are less than current because ScienceMarchesOn, but many of the early stories especially read more like primers on real-life investigative technique and forensic analysis than dramatic mysteries.



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* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32yPWJcq2AI The Ballad of Smallpox Gone]]'': not fiction, ''way awesomer'' for being about RealLife, in which [[HumansAreSpecial mankind]] has ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome eradicated]]'' a disease that used to cause the equivalents of small genocides on a frequent basis.
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23rd Mar '16 11:49:40 AM Zer0SumGame
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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11141625/1/A-More-Perfect-Union A More Perfect Union]]'' A Fallout 3 fanfic with a rationalist protagonist.
19th Mar '16 12:15:54 PM WhatRayDid
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* Page quote aside, this was the intent of Doyle in writing most of the original SherlockHolmes stories. Detective literature at the time was dominated by supergeniuses who pulled conclusions from the air using only their own brilliance, whereas Holmes was intended as a subversion, his only superpower being the experience that allowed him to pay attention to the data and then explain his conclusions in entirely reproducible and rational terms, often even pulling the data itself from a morass of irrelevant data that he likewise had actual reasons to disregard or downplay. Some of the techniques are less than current because ScienceMarchesOn, but many of the early stories especially read more like primers on real-life investigative technique and forensic analysis than dramatic mysteries.
8th Feb '16 11:13:20 PM EliezerYudkowsky
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy, applied to whatever side in the conflict that the author favors, or both

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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy, applied to whatever side in the conflict that the author favors, or bothpreferably on both sides
8th Feb '16 8:36:21 PM TheAntiTed
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* A number of stories by {{Scott Alexander}}, including ''[[http://squid314.livejournal.com/324957.html The Last Temptation of Christ]]'', ''[[http://squid314.livejournal.com/336195.html The Girl Who Poked God with a Stick]]'', ''[[http://squid314.livejournal.com/293753.html The Story of Emily and Control]]'', ''[[http://squid314.livejournal.com/284970.html Soul Cancer]]'', and
* ''[[http://unsongbook.com/ Unsong]]'' a serial novel about numerology, copyrighted magic protected by UN agencies
* ''[[http://slatestarcodex.com/2013/05/27/transhumanist-fables/ Transhumanist Fables]]'', [[DarkerAndEdgier Darker, Edgier]], and more {{Transhuman}}ist versions of common fables. Watch out for {{Spoof Aesop}}s.
* ''ThreeWorldsCollide'', a story about StarfishAliens and ethics in the future.
* ''Literature/TheCambistAndLordIron'': A fairy-tale of economics.
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' by Creator/{{Wildbow}}. A teenage girl discovers that she has superpowers, and sets out to become a superhero. Through a series of unfortunate circumstances and the application of logic and rationality, she and her friends become some of the most powerful super''villians'' in the world. And then things get dark. Celebrated for being one of the more well-thought out and rational superhero tales out there, where the characters who succeed are not necessarily the strongest, but the best at making the most of their powers.
* ''Literature/{{Pact}}'', Creator/{{Wildbow}}'s second web serial. A dark Main/UrbanFantasy. The main character discovers upon the death of his grandmother that he has inherited the fortune, and bad karma, of a notable and hated family of demon summoners. Behind the Main/{{Masquerade}}, the world is dominated by human magical practitioners and supernatural "Others", who in order to gain and maintain power (and indeed survive) must play according to (and find loopholes in) the very specific magical laws of the universe.
* ''Literature/FineStructure''
* ''Literature/{{Ra}}'', where magic is the unholy combination of particle physics, fluid dynamics, and bizarre programming languages.
* ''Literature/CityOfAngles'', taking place in a twisted and dreamlike mirror of urban reality.
* ''Literature/FloatingPoint'', a world InsideAComputerSystem populated by living [[ArtificialIntelligence A.I.]]
* ''Literature/SagaOfSoul'', a rational take on a MagicalGirlWarrior [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse defending Tokyo]] from the MonsterOfTheWeek. It constantly flips the DeconReconSwitch in showing how seemingly superfluous elements of the genre can make sense.
* ''Literature/ShadowsOfTheLimelight'' by Alexander Wales.
* ''Literature/{{Mother of Learning}}'': a young mage gets stuck in a time loop and focuses on figuring out what's going on rather than playing at being a hero.



* A number of stories by {{Scott Alexander}}, including ''[[http://squid314.livejournal.com/324957.html The Last Temptation of Christ]]'', ''[[http://squid314.livejournal.com/336195.html The Girl Who Poked God with a Stick]]'', ''[[http://squid314.livejournal.com/293753.html The Story of Emily and Control]]'', ''[[http://squid314.livejournal.com/284970.html Soul Cancer]]'', and
* ''[[http://unsongbook.com/ Unsong]]'' a serial novel about numerology, copyrighted magic protected by UN agencies
* ''[[http://slatestarcodex.com/2013/05/27/transhumanist-fables/ Transhumanist Fables]]'', [[DarkerAndEdgier Darker, Edgier]], and more {{Transhuman}}ist versions of common fables. Watch out for {{Spoof Aesop}}s.
* ''ThreeWorldsCollide'', a story about StarfishAliens and ethics in the future.
* ''Literature/TheCambistAndLordIron'': A fairy-tale of economics.
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' by Creator/{{Wildbow}}. A teenage girl discovers that she has superpowers, and sets out to become a superhero. Through a series of unfortunate circumstances and the application of logic and rationality, she and her friends become some of the most powerful super''villians'' in the world. And then things get dark. Celebrated for being one of the more well-thought out and rational superhero tales out there, where the characters who succeed are not necessarily the strongest, but the best at making the most of their powers.
* ''Literature/{{Pact}}'', Creator/{{Wildbow}}'s second web serial. A dark Main/UrbanFantasy. The main character discovers upon the death of his grandmother that he has inherited the fortune, and bad karma, of a notable and hated family of demon summoners. Behind the Main/{{Masquerade}}, the world is dominated by human magical practitioners and supernatural "Others", who in order to gain and maintain power (and indeed survive) must play according to (and find loopholes in) the very specific magical laws of the universe.
* ''Literature/FineStructure''
* ''Literature/{{Ra}}'', where magic is the unholy combination of particle physics, fluid dynamics, and bizarre programming languages.
* ''Literature/CityOfAngles'', taking place in a twisted and dreamlike mirror of urban reality.
* ''Literature/FloatingPoint'', a world InsideAComputerSystem populated by living [[ArtificialIntelligence A.I.]]
* ''Literature/SagaOfSoul'', a rational take on a MagicalGirlWarrior [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse defending Tokyo]] from the MonsterOfTheWeek. It constantly flips the DeconReconSwitch in showing how seemingly superfluous elements of the genre can make sense.
* ''Literature/ShadowsOfTheLimelight'' by Alexander Wales.
* ''Literature/{{Mother of Learning}}'': a young mage gets stuck in a time loop and focuses on figuring out what's going on rather than playing at being a hero.
8th Feb '16 10:32:05 AM ClearMadness
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* ''Literature/TheIronTeeth'' dark fantasy web serial is about the struggles of a goblin to survive. It has a consistent and limited magic system that follows strict rules. The story also attempts to create a logical world using standard fantasy tropes.
3rd Feb '16 12:07:05 AM R.DonaldJamesGauvreau
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* ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'', the [[TropeCodifier Genre Codifier]].
* ''Fanfic/{{Luminosity}}'', a ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' fanfic by Creator/{{Alicorn}} featuring a more self-aware protagonist.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic My Little Pony:]] Fanfic/FriendshipIsOptimal'': A researcher with a brilliant new A.I. design gets an offer she can't refuse for building that A.I. into Hasbro's forthcoming ''Equestria Online'' game. RealityEnsues and keeps ensuing and ensuing and ensuing.

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* ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'', the [[TropeCodifier Genre Codifier]].
Codifier]]. COMPLETE.
* ''Fanfic/{{Luminosity}}'', a ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' fanfic by Creator/{{Alicorn}} featuring a more self-aware protagonist.
protagonist. COMPLETE.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic My Little Pony:]] Fanfic/FriendshipIsOptimal'': A researcher with a brilliant new A.I. design gets an offer she can't refuse for building that A.I. into Hasbro's forthcoming ''Equestria Online'' game. RealityEnsues and keeps ensuing and ensuing and ensuing. COMPLETE.



* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9658524/1/Branches-on-the-Tree-of-Time Branches on the Tree of Time]]'': A ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' fanfic which demonstrates the real power of time travel.

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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9658524/1/Branches-on-the-Tree-of-Time Branches on the Tree of Time]]'': A ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' fanfic which demonstrates the real power of time travel. COMPLETE.



* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9915682/1/The-Last-Christmas The Last Christmas]]'': rational!SantaClaus meets [[BlueAndOrangeMorality neutral!genies]]
* ''[[http://makefoil.com/ The Tragedy of Prince Hamlet and the Philosopher's Stone, or, A Will Most Incorrect to Heaven]]'': Featuring ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' with utilitarian ethics.

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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9915682/1/The-Last-Christmas The Last Christmas]]'': rational!SantaClaus meets [[BlueAndOrangeMorality neutral!genies]]
neutral!genies]]. COMPLETE.
* ''[[http://makefoil.com/ The Tragedy of Prince Hamlet and the Philosopher's Stone, or, A Will Most Incorrect to Heaven]]'': Featuring ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' with utilitarian ethics. COMPLETE.



* ''[[FanFic/TheMetropolitanMan The Metropolitan Man]]'': A Superman fanfic with a rational (but still paranoid and sociopathic) Lex Luthor.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10503877/1/The-Amazing-Peter-Parker The Amazing Peter Parker]]'': In which Peter Parker dedicates his life to fighting death after losing his beloved uncle Ben.
* ''Fanfic/HeroesForEarth'' is a ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' fanfic that takes all the heroes and villains of Captain Planet and makes them act rationally in their pursuance of their goals, whether that be in fighting for environmentalism, as with the heroes, or in taking on their enemies and getting profit, as with the villains.
* ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/3398243 Collision]]'' is a ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' AU where Trollian couldn't access other universes and the kids discover an interesting exploit in the alchemy system.

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* ''[[FanFic/TheMetropolitanMan The Metropolitan Man]]'': A Superman fanfic with a rational (but still paranoid and sociopathic) Lex Luthor.
Luthor. COMPLETE.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10503877/1/The-Amazing-Peter-Parker The Amazing Peter Parker]]'': In which Peter Parker dedicates his life to fighting death after losing his beloved uncle Ben.
''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/300693/shears Shears]]'' is a retelling of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic with a rationalist, neurodivergent Twilight Sparkle.
* ''Fanfic/HeroesForEarth'' is a ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' fanfic that takes all the heroes and villains of Captain Planet and makes them act rationally in their pursuance of their goals, whether that be in fighting for environmentalism, as with the heroes, or in taking on their enemies and getting profit, as with the villains.
* ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/3398243 Collision]]'' is a ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' AU where Trollian couldn't access other universes and the kids discover an interesting exploit in the alchemy system.
villains. COMPLETE.


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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10503877/1/The-Amazing-Peter-Parker The Amazing Peter Parker]]'': In which Peter Parker dedicates his life to fighting death after losing his beloved uncle Ben.
* ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/3398243 Collision]]'' is a ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' AU where Trollian couldn't access other universes and the kids discover an interesting exploit in the alchemy system.
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17th Jan '16 6:12:59 AM offwo200
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''*[[http://unsongbook.com/ Unsong]] a serial novel about numerology and finding patterns in things.

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''*[[http://unsongbook.*''[[http://unsongbook.com/ Unsong]] Unsong]]'' a serial novel about numerology and finding patterns in things.numerology, copyrighted magic protected by UN agencies
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