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Iceman


Satisfies Values Through Friendship and Ponies.

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  • 30 weeks
    Friendship is Optimal is Science Fiction

    On this 11th anniversary of the release of Friendship is Optimal, I’d like to remind everyone that it’s a piece of speculative fiction and was a product of it’s time. I’ve said this before in other venues, but Science Marches On and FiO did not predict how things have turned out. The world looks very different.

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    32 comments · 1,823 views
  • 82 weeks
    Friendship is Optimal 10th Anniversary

    10 years ago to this day, I started publishing Friendship is Optimal to FIMFiction. What a decade it’s been for both the story and for AI progress.

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    17 comments · 1,353 views
  • 158 weeks
    One More Honorable Mention

    The results are in. Congratulations to the winners.

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    3 comments · 1,484 views
  • 393 weeks
    3,000!

    Friendship is Optimal just broke 3,000 upvotes. I'd like to thank each and every one of you who enjoyed my story. I never imagined that it would ever be this popular or spread as far as it has.

    Thank you for making my numbers go up!

    16 comments · 1,160 views
  • 551 weeks
    Anyone want to play Pokemon?

    My friend code is 2595 - 1224 - 6063.

    Please leave your friend code in the comments if you add me, so I can add you back. I don't know what type I'll show up in your Friend Safari.

    7 comments · 1,057 views
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One More Honorable Mention · 3:09am Jun 2nd, 2021

The results are in. Congratulations to the winners.

The contest was not mine and I was not a judge. GaPJaxie offered, but I didn't take him up on it, both because I am exceptionally busy in real life (I've still only made it through a third of the contest entries), and because I suspect my own tastes aren't entirely reflective of the average reader.

But I'm going to advocate for one story to be in the anthology, since there were so many entries not all of them could be printed. So I present one more story which is a winner in my heart, even if it only gets Whose Line Is It Anyway Points. Hopefully, it will get Published on Paper Points.

Honorable Mention: Best Wham Line

TFriendship is Optimal: Terra Online
Celestia was Humanity's salvation through destruction. Recursive Friction intends to return the favour.
Raugos · 9.5k words  ·  90  6 · 2k views

It is hard to talk about this story without spoiling the reveal, so I won't, and I encourage you to go in blind. There are three words about 3/4s of the way through which are a perfect punchline that makes all the setup worth it, and elevate this story from good to great. Even keeping things vague may count as a spoiler: Good science fiction doesn't shy away from the implications of the rules that it sets up, and Terra Online doesn't shy away from taking its premise to its logical conclusion, and I really respect that. In tone, the story is more fun than serious, but I give it major props for the above. And it's unique and new; I don't remember anyone else doing this concept before.

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Comments ( 3 )

Agreed. Terra Online is that obvious-in-hindsight kind of brilliance that makes you wonder why no one thought of it earlier.

Thank you for pointing this story out.

Thank you! You just made my day. :twilightsmile:

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