The genre is predicated upon high consistancy of world-building, clear-thinking protagonists to the point of predictability for a sufficiently astute reader.
Eliezer was influenced by A. E. van Vogt's Null-A novels, Greg Egan's Distress, some of Lawrence Watt-Evans's strange little novels, the travails of Salvor Hardin in the first Foundation novel.
- /r/rational/ on Reddit
- RationalFic on TV Tropes
- Eliezer Yudkowsky's guide to writing intelligent characters