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Recommendations

Rationalist fiction: Read Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, Time Braid and Luminosity. Time Braid may seem like a Mary Sue story, but the frequent need to overcome mind manipulations / conditioning makes it well worth reading if you like rationalism.

Some very well written, shorter stories: The Metropolitan Man and The Dangers of Foresight. Foresight can be read without reading the prequel, you'll just lack an explanation for how Anikan ended up there.

Drama: Read The Firebird Trilogy and Black Cloaks, Red Clouds. Both stories feature great conflict and nigh undefeatable oppressive regimes.


Stories I enjoy reading tend to follow these rules:

The (first) Three Laws of Fanfiction by Less Wrong


Rule One: If you do anything to increase the protagonist's power, or make their life easier, you must also amplify their opponent or add extra difficulties to their life. You can't make Frodo a Jedi unless you give Sauron the Death Star. Otherwise, even if it is well-written in all other ways, your story will suck because the reader will know to expect an unending string of easy victories, leading them to neither wonder or care about what happens next. The Mary Sue is not defined by her power being too strong, but by her challenges being too easily overcome.

Rule Two: Originality isn't easy, but it is simple: Just don't do stuff that's already been done. Even if all of your other characters are going to be absolutely true to canon, you still shouldn't have Harry Potter facing the same three challenges in the Triwizard Tournament because we've already read about them a thousand times. Put in three different challenges. Seriously. It can't hurt. Don't just go through the same events everyone has read about a thousand times before. Writing fanfiction lets you borrow the characters and the world; it doesn't exempt you from needing to surprise the readers and give them something new to read.

Rule Three: The premise of a story is a conflict and its resolution - someone with a goal, which they take action to achieve, and severe obstacles that they must replan to deal with (not just speedbumps along the way), and some ultimate resolution of the conflict in which the people and their situation have changed. "What happens if the Terminator is sent back in time to kill Voldemort" is not a story premise, just a fleeting mental image. "What happens if Harry Potter is under constant attack by shape-changing robot assassins" is still not enough of a premise. "Harry Potter is under constant attack by shape-changing assassins, and by the time he manages a spell to wall off the future he's already learned not to trust anyone" could maybe be a story's premise (though you wouldn't put that in the summary, or tell any reader that until the story had ended). You can change this plan later - but you should at least have one to start with.

So if you have a lovely mental image of Frodo with a lightsaber:

1. Figure out how to make his life more difficult, to make up for the lightsaber.

2. Decide what's going to happen differently in your fanfiction than in the other ones you've read.

3. Know what Frodo wants and what's going to get in his way, and have a plan for how it will all end.


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Fairy Dance of Death by Catsy reviews
AU reboot of the entire SAO storyline, beginning from the premise that Kayaba Akihiko was obsessed with magic and Norse Mythology rather than swords and pure melee. As a result, he created the Death Game of Alfheim Online rather than the floating castle of Aincrad—a world in which PvP is not a crime, and the nine player races are in competition to escape. **SPOILERS IN REVIEWS**
Sword Art Online/ソードアート・オンライン - Rated: T - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 52 - Words: 749,017 - Reviews: 2716 - Favs: 4,869 - Follows: 4,943 - Updated: 9/17 - Published: 11/6/2012 - Kirito/Kazuto K., Asuna/Asuna Y., Klein/Ryoutarou T., Argo
The Inevitability of Oversight by Anne Camp aka Obi-quiet reviews
Anakin's life at the temple seems to have stabilized...mostly. No small feat for a time-traveling former Sith. But, even with support from those who know, the tentative balance he's found can't last. And once Sidious gets involved, he can only prepare to face him and hope he can make it work out; well, if he can learn to hope again. Sequel to Dangers of Foresight Cover:AngelGidget
Star Wars - Rated: T - English - Drama/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 42 - Words: 215,718 - Reviews: 1799 - Favs: 2,838 - Follows: 3,626 - Updated: 9/5 - Published: 7/13/2018 - Darth Vader, Anakin Skywalker, E. Palpatine, Siri T.
Pokemon: The Origin of Species by DaystarEld reviews
Enter the world of Pokémon from a rational perspective. Instead of starting his journey in ignorance, Red has spent his years studying the creatures so central to his world... and he doesn't quite agree with all the information in his books. No time for rookie mistakes here: he's on a quest to discover the true nature of Pokémon, and maybe even find out where they really come from.
Pokémon - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 108 - Words: 1,062,852 - Reviews: 2443 - Favs: 3,463 - Follows: 3,958 - Updated: 9/1 - Published: 10/25/2013 - Red, Leaf, Blue O./Green O. (male)
Those Sombre Dogs of War by Viatorix reviews
With the extraction of the last Grand Yōkai, the terrorist group Akatsuki has won. In defiance of this, Kakashi makes a choice. In another world, an explosion of unprecedented destructive power lays waste to the Kannabi Bridge and surrounding lands with seemingly no explanation and damning political consequences. [Dimension Hop, Political Intrigue, Slow burn ObiKaka, MinKush]
Naruto - Rated: T - English - Drama/Suspense - Chapters: 9 - Words: 74,841 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 19 - Follows: 20 - Updated: 7/27 - Published: 6/16 - [Kakashi H., Obito U.] Rin, Minato N.
Morality Chain by Pureauthor reviews
/AU-ish/ "You're my brother. That's got to count for something. Right, Zuzu?" If Azula and Zuko had always cared for each other, how different would their live's paths have been?
Avatar: Last Airbender - Rated: K+ - English - Family/Friendship - Chapters: 45 - Words: 267,405 - Reviews: 2379 - Favs: 5,146 - Follows: 5,337 - Updated: 3/11 - Published: 3/19/2010 - Azula, Zuko
Trials of the Nearsighted by Anne Camp aka Obi-quiet reviews
"Obi-wan asked me to be his Padawan again." "And? How do you feel about it?" "I... really don't know." - Sister Story to Inevitability of Oversight.
Star Wars - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 2 - Words: 10,110 - Reviews: 87 - Favs: 223 - Follows: 207 - Updated: 10/24/2021 - Published: 5/27/2021 - Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan K., M. Windu - Complete
Hope Flies on Wind-bent Wings by Blaizekit reviews
The Third Shinobi World War is winding down. Victory seems like a foregone conclusion, but the future is no longer predictable. When an unforeseen disaster leaves the Book of Seals missing, Obito will do whatever it takes to find and get it back-even if it means bringing Rin and Kakashi into his secrets. Even if it means letting Tobi take his place at home. [Windmill #3]
Naruto - Rated: T - English - Angst/Friendship - Chapters: 20 - Words: 75,938 - Reviews: 27 - Favs: 115 - Follows: 105 - Updated: 2/22/2021 - Published: 10/13/2020 - Obito U. - Complete
Experience is Everything by Anne Camp aka Obi-quiet reviews
Dire consequences come from ignoring Clockwork's warnings. Usually, 29-year-old Danny Fenton tries to heed them, but if it means saving someone, well, that's what heroes do. He didn't expect to end up 15 years in the past in his teen-aged body just after he first gained his powers. Time-travel isn't even supposed to work like that! Of course, he'd somehow find a way BREAK time.
Danny Phantom - Rated: T - English - Family/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 23 - Words: 125,999 - Reviews: 457 - Favs: 878 - Follows: 982 - Updated: 9/5/2020 - Published: 10/27/2019 - Danny F., Tucker F., Sam M., Jazz F.
I Will Become the Wind by Blaizekit reviews
Returning to the past means a chance to re-shape the future. Having experienced what's to come, Naruto begins his journey to train and find Sasuke before the sparks of the Fourth War can be lit. But for those who experienced the Time-Spanning Incarnation, things are never so clear-cut. There is no going back to the way things were. The only way is to move forward. [Windmill #2]
Naruto - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 41 - Words: 212,742 - Reviews: 425 - Favs: 797 - Follows: 770 - Updated: 8/15/2020 - Published: 5/31/2017 - Naruto U., Jiraiya, Obito U., Team Seven - Complete
The Windmill Turns Both Ways by Blaizekit reviews
12-year-old Naruto often dreams about the future, but when he is launched four years into it, not everything is as he envisioned. The Fourth World War is just around the corner, and Akatsuki is more dangerous than ever. But hiding and doing nothing has never been Naruto's style. To change the course of history, he searches for the truth about the future, and a way back to the past.
Naruto - Rated: T - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 41 - Words: 193,575 - Reviews: 767 - Favs: 2,059 - Follows: 1,672 - Updated: 5/3/2020 - Published: 9/21/2013 - Naruto U., Orochimaru, Obito U., Team Seven - Complete
Hindsight Is Not Perfect by Anne Camp aka Obi-quiet reviews
Paved with good intentions or not, the road back from Hell is a difficult, slippery slope for those who choose to walk it as Anakin has. Now he has to face the consequences of his choices, avoid suspicion of everyone from the Jedi Council to Palpatine and try to prevent the future from turning out as badly Before all while somehow finding a way to balance the Force...again! REVAMP
Star Wars - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 13 - Words: 65,239 - Reviews: 736 - Favs: 3,910 - Follows: 1,777 - Updated: 2/5/2020 - Published: 5/6/2011 - Darth Vader, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan K., Qui-Gon J. - Complete
A Drop of Poison by Angel of Snapdragons reviews
WIP An unconscious Iruka forces Naruto to return to the academy for another year. It also marks the beginnings of a prank whose far-reaching consequences will shake Konoha to its foundations.
Naruto - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 34 - Words: 200,216 - Reviews: 8602 - Favs: 16,776 - Follows: 17,790 - Updated: 12/25/2019 - Published: 10/3/2008 - Naruto U., Iruka U.
Harry Potter and the Natural 20 by Sir Poley reviews
Milo, a genre-savvy D&D Wizard and Adventurer Extraordinaire is forced to attend Hogwarts, and soon finds himself plunged into a new adventure of magic, mad old Wizards, metagaming, misunderstandings, and munchkinry. Updates monthly.
Crossover - Harry Potter & Dungeons and Dragons - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 74 - Words: 314,214 - Reviews: 7047 - Favs: 7,591 - Follows: 8,396 - Updated: 8/2/2018 - Published: 5/7/2012
The Dangers of Foresight by Anne Camp aka Obi-quiet reviews
Anakin was a Jedi once. He was also a 45-year-old Sith Lord. Yet now he's nine again and back at the Jedi Temple, determined to change destiny. To do so he just has to juggle preventing Dooku from joining Sidious, starting a personal war against slavery, avoiding Palpatine, and Jedi training to all while maintaining the facade of a child. Too bad that's never been his strong point.
Star Wars - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Family - Chapters: 33 - Words: 194,759 - Reviews: 2947 - Favs: 7,054 - Follows: 6,680 - Updated: 7/29/2018 - Published: 1/12/2014 - Anakin Skywalker, E. Palpatine, Obi-Wan K., Count Dooku - Complete
Sharing Outsight by Anne Camp aka Obi-quiet reviews
Time Travel tends to have a lot of unexpected repercussions, such as unblockable Force Bonds. And that doesn't even begin to tap into the mental mess it creates. Rated T for hints of torture and mental issues.
Star Wars - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 2 - Words: 10,127 - Reviews: 89 - Favs: 1,013 - Follows: 879 - Updated: 7/29/2018 - Published: 4/24/2018 - Anakin Skywalker, E. Palpatine, Siri T. - Complete
The Universe Is An Optimisation Problem by notasentientantcolony reviews
A weird pre-apocalyptic reimagining of Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality in a retrofuturist AU with parallel universes, megacorporations, high magic, Cold War wizardry, and AI. "I've never been more confused or entertained in my life." - MurtGastin. "The world of Harry Potter feels magical again. Without feeling childish." - Guest. Updates every three Wednesdays!
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Drama/Mystery - Chapters: 7 - Words: 59,313 - Reviews: 32 - Favs: 109 - Follows: 166 - Updated: 6/12/2018 - Published: 12/31/2016 - Harry P., Hermione G., Draco M., OC
Draco Malfoy and the Practice of Rationality by taogaming reviews
(Continuation of Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Less Wrong) Still reeling from Lucius' Death and Narcissa's rebirth, Draco struggles to find his place in a changing Hogwarts and learns a dark secret of his new room-mate: Harry James Potter-Evans-Verres.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Drama/Humor - Chapters: 65 - Words: 194,982 - Reviews: 231 - Favs: 307 - Follows: 353 - Updated: 9/4/2016 - Published: 5/2/2015 - Harry P., Hermione G., Draco M. - Complete
Black Cloaks, Red Clouds by Archontruth reviews
In a world where Orochimaru is Hokage and the Hidden Villages are ruled by tyrants, Tenten finds the lines between ally and enemy blurring when a desperate strategy lands her in the company of enigmatic strangers who wear black cloaks with red clouds. DeiTen and NejiTen. Contains adult themes.
Naruto - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Fantasy - Chapters: 58 - Words: 433,238 - Reviews: 651 - Favs: 467 - Follows: 499 - Updated: 5/16/2016 - Published: 10/29/2012 - Neji H., Tenten, Deidara
Significant Digits by adeebus reviews
(Continuation of Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality) It's easy to make big plans and ask big questions, but harder to follow them through. Find out what happens to Harry Potter-Evans-Verres, Hermione, Draco, and everyone else once they grow into their roles as leaders, leave the shelter of Hogwarts, and venture out into a wider world. Permanent home: anarchyishyperbole com
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Mystery/Adventure - Chapters: 58 - Words: 298,709 - Reviews: 286 - Favs: 629 - Follows: 669 - Updated: 5/16/2016 - Published: 4/9/2015 - Harry P., Hermione G., Draco M., Voldemort - Complete
Revenge of the Wizard by Darth Marrs reviews
A Harry Potter cursed with immortality must not only survive the ravaging of Earth by monsters far more powerful than any humanity has encountered, but he must rise to save it, and in the process exact one wizard's revenge against the Galactic Empire.
Crossover - Star Wars & Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Fantasy - Chapters: 40 - Words: 172,419 - Reviews: 4381 - Favs: 8,013 - Follows: 5,999 - Updated: 10/31/2015 - Published: 12/23/2014 - Complete
Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Less Wrong reviews
Petunia married a biochemist, and Harry grew up reading science and science fiction. Then came the Hogwarts letter, and a world of intriguing new possibilities to exploit. And new friends, like Hermione Granger, and Professor McGonagall, and Professor Quirrell... COMPLETE.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Drama/Humor - Chapters: 122 - Words: 661,619 - Reviews: 36705 - Favs: 29,534 - Follows: 21,499 - Updated: 3/14/2015 - Published: 2/28/2010 - Harry P., Hermione G. - Complete
Firebird's Fury: Book III of the Firebird Trilogy by Darth Marrs reviews
They had a plan, formulated from before they were even born. That plan died. From its ashes rises a Harry Potter no longer willing, or able, to let others fight his battles for him. Outgunned, outclassed, outmatched, nonetheless Harry will take up the sword to change not only Britain, but the world.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Drama/Fantasy - Chapters: 36 - Words: 168,226 - Reviews: 1926 - Favs: 2,683 - Follows: 1,750 - Updated: 1/24/2015 - Published: 5/24/2014 - Harry P., Luna L. - Complete
Para Bellum by Lord Silvere reviews
An ambitious Voldemort prepares to lead his armies into the Delenda Est dimension to topple Minister Black III. But, he has lost the element of surprise, and there is a Pre-OotP dimension in between his dimension and the DE dimension where he will have to fight Minister Black's armies, spies, and civilian meddlers, not to mention two Harry Potters and the infamous Black Triplets.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Fantasy - Chapters: 8 - Words: 79,471 - Reviews: 643 - Favs: 2,043 - Follows: 2,630 - Updated: 1/2/2015 - Published: 10/10/2013 - Harry P., Ginny W., Bellatrix L.
The Metropolitan Man by alexanderwales reviews
The year is 1934, and Superman has arrived in Metropolis. Features Lex Luthor as the villain protagonist as he comes to grips with the arrival of an alien god. Occasional point-of-view chapters/sections featuring Lois Lane. Takes place outside any established comics continuity. Complete.
Superman - Rated: M - English - Mystery/Adventure - Chapters: 13 - Words: 80,698 - Reviews: 608 - Favs: 1,485 - Follows: 856 - Updated: 7/25/2014 - Published: 5/18/2014 - L. Luthor, Lois L., Clark K./Kal-El/Superman - Complete
Firebird's Song: Book II of the Firebird Trilogy by Darth Marrs reviews
Hard times lead to hard choices. What's more important? Freedom, or fate? Love, or death? Harry Potter stands on the edge of a precipice, and he is not sure if the right move is to turn and fight, or fall.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Fantasy/Drama - Chapters: 36 - Words: 153,289 - Reviews: 2172 - Favs: 3,108 - Follows: 2,285 - Updated: 5/17/2014 - Published: 8/31/2013 - Harry P., Luna L. - Complete
Branches on the Tree of Time by alexanderwales reviews
Kyle Reese has traveled backwards in time, not to save Sarah Connor, but to help her rewrite the faulty utility function of Skynet. Together, it's possible that they might avert Judgment Day and save the world from nuclear Armageddon - and hopefully create a utopia ruled over by an AI god in the process. Fully completed. Diverges wildly from canon.
Terminator - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 17 - Words: 30,847 - Reviews: 133 - Favs: 630 - Follows: 283 - Updated: 12/12/2013 - Published: 9/3/2013 - Kyle Reese, Sarah Connor, The Terminator, Skynet - Complete
Delenda Est by Lord Silvere reviews
Harry is a prisoner, and Bellatrix has fallen from grace. The accidental activation of Bella's treasured heirloom results in another chance for Harry. It also gives him the opportunity to make the acquaintance of the young and enigmatic Bellatrix Black as they change the course of history.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 46 - Words: 392,449 - Reviews: 8102 - Favs: 18,125 - Follows: 10,859 - Updated: 9/21/2013 - Published: 11/14/2009 - Harry P., Bellatrix L. - Complete
Firebird's Son: Book I of the Firebird Trilogy by Darth Marrs reviews
He stepped into a world he didn't understand, following footprints he could not see, toward a destiny he could never imagine. How can one boy make a world brighter when it is so very dark to begin with? A completely AU Harry Potter universe.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Drama - Chapters: 40 - Words: 172,532 - Reviews: 4006 - Favs: 5,852 - Follows: 4,153 - Updated: 8/24/2013 - Published: 10/21/2012 - Harry P., Luna L. - Complete
Time Braid by ShaperV reviews
Sakura thought she was a capable kunoichi until she died in the Chuunin Exam. Now she's stuck in a loop, dying again and again while she struggles to understand her strange predicament. How hard can it be to pass one stupid test? Sakura/Naruto/Hinata
Naruto - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 31 - Words: 203,939 - Reviews: 3769 - Favs: 7,924 - Follows: 4,063 - Updated: 5/20/2011 - Published: 7/5/2009 - Sakura H. - Complete
Radiance by Alicorn24 reviews
Sequel to "Luminosity", narrated by Elspeth. You do not need to have read canon Twilight, but you will be very confused if you haven't read Luminosity.
Twilight - Rated: T - English - Supernatural - Chapters: 53 - Words: 234,771 - Reviews: 467 - Favs: 354 - Follows: 158 - Updated: 3/9/2011 - Published: 11/7/2010 - Complete
Luminosity by Alicorn24 reviews
Luminosity is an AU reworking of the Twilight story where Bella is a rational self-knowledge junkie. Inspired by "Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality". Requires no knowledge of or affection for Twilight canon.
Twilight - Rated: T - English - Supernatural/Romance - Chapters: 57 - Words: 223,236 - Reviews: 459 - Favs: 1,027 - Follows: 457 - Updated: 11/8/2010 - Published: 7/13/2010 - Bella, Edward - Complete
Trust in God, or, The Riddle of Kyon by EliezerYudkowsky reviews
In their third and final year at North High, Kyon confronts the implications of the Riddle of Epicurus for his relationship with Haruhi.
Haruhi Suzumiya series - Rated: T - English - Drama/Spiritual - Chapters: 2 - Words: 10,731 - Reviews: 123 - Favs: 497 - Follows: 161 - Published: 12/17/2009 - Kyon, Haruhi S. - Complete
Earl of the North by Lord Silvere reviews
Harry is framed for the mass murder of Muggles after he deals Voldemort a stunning blow. He is sent to Azkaban where he and his cell mate, Bellatrix Black, begin to discover Harry's heritage and his potential power as they plot to escape.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 50 - Words: 187,938 - Reviews: 4757 - Favs: 11,006 - Follows: 5,672 - Updated: 11/14/2009 - Published: 1/6/2005 - Harry P., Bellatrix L. - Complete
Altered Destinies by DobbyElfLord reviews
DONE! Harry has defeated Voldemort, but it was a costly victory. Aberforth Dumbledore presents a plan to go back and kill the infant Riddle, but Harry will have to stay there 10 years. Can Harry alter the wizarding world's destiny? WWII and Grindelwald
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Supernatural/Suspense - Chapters: 39 - Words: 289,078 - Reviews: 4078 - Favs: 9,214 - Follows: 3,801 - Updated: 9/1/2007 - Published: 9/15/2006 - Harry P., Tom R. Jr. - Complete