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Non-Evil transhumanists in media

Q99

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There's different levels of pro-transhumanist.

There's actively advocates it, and there's passively shows it accepted as a common/good thing.


Oh!

Always Human, a webcomic about a girl who falls in love with a girl who can't use mods and the problems that causes.
 

Vault Dweller

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The Culture is very transhumanist on a biological basis (after all, part of its creation was several species modifying themselves to be mutually compatible), but they're still generally bioconservative (Ascension is something an entire society should do together, in their overall opinion).
It should be noted though that The Culture, whilst often surprisingly bio/neuro-conservative, is - although paternalistic - incredibly permissive. It's considered gauche and maladjusted for a human citizen to want to live biologically forever rather than the typical "500-1000 happy years culminating in a peaceful death, surrounded by friends and family" but if you're even moderately insistent about it, a Mind will readily say "sure, I guess" and tweak your genes and augments for biological immortality; there are similarly strong social pressures against humans who want to become Minds, and again it's generally considered Not Quite The Done Thing™ and socially discouraged - but shop around a bit and you'll find a Ship or Hub Mind (probably a disreputable one) willing to shrug and uplift you into a nascent baby Mind; if you as a human Culture citizen want to undergo Sublimation, the Minds will give you the standard warning that as a mere single biological all evidence suggests that you'll be burned away into nothingness via the process - but they'll help you make the attempt.
 

Beyond Reality

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An interesting, but very definitely non-evil, transhumanist would be Rui Ninomiya, from Gatchaman Crowds.

Rui isn't a traditional transhumanist in that his (I say his, its never been clarified whether Rui was transgender or transvestite) method for exceeding humanity is quasi-supernatural rather than technological. But his ideals and goals definitely follow the transhumanist philosophy, especially as the series progresses.
 

Kirayoshi

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Dunno if this qualifies, but Spider Robinson's Mindkiller kind of goes into that. The story involves "wireheads" (people getting high by plugging electric currents into their brains), and the discovery of an advanced "wirehead" technology that can re-write people's memories, and leads to functional telepathy. The protagonist ends up joining a secret conspiracy to spread this new-found telepathy to the world.

Also Spider and Jeannie Robinson's Stardance trilogy, in which the protagonists bond with a symbiotic alien life form and become something more than human. Generally treated as a positive thing (the main villains are paranoid conspiracists who believe the Starmind is a threat to humanity, and by the end of the third book most of the human race joins the Starmind).
 

Pilgrim

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Anyone ever read The Transhuman Wager by Zoltan Istvan? Supposedly, the protagonist is the good guy, but by the end of the book, he's subjugated most of humanity and relegated them to a primitive, low tech existence.

I'm still trying to reconcile that with him being the good guy...
 
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