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A story like "A Fresh start".

Fluxguy
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I am looking for a story like fresh start in which the MC eventually becomes President of the US. I am looking for a MC that similarly attains an important position.

It doesn't necessarily have to be a do over. But I would be a plus if the MC had time travelled or had some kind of power.

And I don't really like tragedy or angst or too much drama. so if the author doesn't focus on those aspects then that would be a plus too. And I would like it to be from the MC's pov.

Looking forward for your recommendations.

Replies:   Gauthier
cfuson001

good to know, thanks.

Vlad_Inhaler

Three candidates here, two unfinished:
https://storiesonline.net/series/1301/twice-lucky
https://storiesonline.net/universe/354/phoenicia
and one which made it: https://storiesonline.net/series/639/echoes-in-time

mrfk

Check out the two stories from https://storiesonline.net/a/gwresearch

turdfergusoncdb1125

A Fresh Start is by far my favorite of all time, and the reason I ponied up for a premier membership. The only similar story in both general theme and quality is Geoff Wolak's (gwresearch) Magestic. It's epic. A bit detail heavy but damn.

ZerboMolo

You should enjoy the John Carter Universe stories by Lazlo Zalezac. Carter did not become President nor delve into politics, but became a powerful figure with immense influence and power; much of it mystical. Very little sex, but enough to keep that aspect interesting.
https://storiesonline.net/universe/19/john-carter

funkso

Not President, but these stories have some different takes on power...
Hindsight 20/20 - a similarly long story with a do over. Money, power, life well lived.
The Reset Manifesto - a man seeks to undo the more pessimistic take society has become, in a world devolving to slavery under the 1%. Hits close to home.
A New Past - Charlie Foxtrot. One of my favourite stories on here and I'll be depressed as heck when he finishes it. Do over, guy amasses wealth and power through science as he takes the world to a near future, better place.

Replies:   AmigaClone  Vlad_Inhaler
AmigaClone

@funkso

Actually the latest chapter in A New Past is set in 2004.

Vlad_Inhaler
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@funkso

You forgot the Author names for "Hindsight 20/20" and "The Reset Manifesto". The second one is Lazlo Zalezac.
Pfand X (also by LZ) is in a similar vein, I think some of his other stories may be in a similar vein.

Replies:   awnlee jawking
LonelyDad

The Hindsight 20/20 stories are by SmokinDriver.
Another good do-over is 'Paul's Redemption' by novascriptus. He doesn't become president, but like Paul in CharlieFoxtrot's story he changes the way he lives his life and brings forth auto racing safety and some science earlier.

Gauthier

@Fluxguy

There is also the "Do Over Saga" by Dan Kirk
Around and after the Ronald Reagan presidency.
In one of the do-over, he setup his father to be president.
http://do-over.wikifoundry.com/

If you are interested, there are also a few stories where the MC reach Godhood.

awnlee jawking

@Vlad_Inhaler

You forgot the Author names for "Hindsight 20/20" and "The Reset Manifesto". The second one is Lazlo Zalezac.


Swooping off-topic, there are a lot of stories in which the protagonist is proclaimed by the author to be a genius and, without fat-shaming the authors, I find virtually all of them to be unconvincing.

On the other hand, IIRC Peter Moore, the protagonist in Lazlo Zalezac's 'Reset Manifesto', denies being a genius; he merely utilises the skills of those who are geniuses. However, IMO Peter Moore is a good fit to my idea of what makes a realistic fictional genius, and any authors wanting to include a genius character in their stories would do well to read this story.

AJ

Replies:   Tw0Cr0ws  Jim S  Dominions Son
Tw0Cr0ws

@awnlee jawking

It could be taken as a sign of real genius that he denies it, saying he is would attract the wrong sort of attention.

Jim S
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@awnlee jawking


On the other hand, IIRC Peter Moore, the protagonist in Lazlo Zalezac's 'Reset Manifesto', denies being a genius; he merely utilises the skills of those who are geniuses. However, IMO Peter Moore is a good fit to my idea of what makes a realistic fictional genius, and any authors wanting to include a genius character in their stories would do well to read this story.


Genius is often used synonymously for a particular "idiot savant" type of talent, e.g. mathematics or music. Peter Moore's intelligence is more general in nature and really can't be adequately quantified. IQ tests are notoriously inadequate for such cases. Not saying they don't have their uses but I feel they tend to return many false negatives; in other words, a lot of time they don't pick up true talent.

What was Moore's real talent? IMHO, the ability to craft tools from disparate parts in order to achieve an objective. Much like early man crafted tools (examples are spears and other weapons) once an objective was identified. For some of my snobbish engineering friends, they'd say he was just a talented engineer, i.e. a good problem solver. Maybe. But given the breadth of his achievement, that characterization would fall a bit short.

I may have just gone the long way around to say I agree with you -- he was a genius, fictional or otherwise. And one of my favorite Zalezac characters.

Dominions Son

@awnlee jawking

Swooping off-topic, there are a lot of stories in which the protagonist is proclaimed by the author to be a genius and, without fat-shaming the authors, I find virtually all of them to be unconvincing.


I am going to chime in with my $0.02.

You have to be a genius to write a convincing genius.

An idiot-savant and/or prodigy level skill in a finite area is doable, but a general purpose genius is not.

Replies:   Remus2
Remus2
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@Dominions Son

I am going to chime in with my $0.02.

You have to be a genius to write a convincing genius.

An idiot-savant and/or prodigy level skill in a finite area is doable, but a general purpose genius is not.


I'll have to disagree with this. A true cross spectrum genius would not likely be understood by the general population if they wrote to their intelligence level. If they downplayed their intelligence, they would likely come across as a prodigy or an idiot savant.

Stanford Binet IQ test results are a poor judge of 'genius' and to some degree, intelligence in general. Especially any revision of it past revision three.

Given the large number of factors not addressed by that test and many others, the concept of cross spectrum genius would necessarily be semi-subjective, and the result of a cross spectrum battery of all such standardized test.

In all, the probability of identifying a cross spectrum genius in literature would not likely be much, if any, above chance.

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