[ExI] psi yet again

Mike Dougherty msd001 at gmail.com
Sat Jul 3 14:49:23 UTC 2010

On Sat, Jul 3, 2010 at 6:48 AM, John Grigg <possiblepaths2050 at gmail.com> wrote:
> A bit off topic but..., what are some of everyone's favorite
> depictions of psi within science fiction literature?  I would say
> Julian May's Pliocene and Galactic Millieu series are at the top of my
> list.  But the psi abilities in it are at the comic book superhero
> level of power.

absolutely agreed.  As are Xmen (duh)

The psi abilities in Firestarter were pretty awesome too.  Not sure if
the Bene Gesserit of Dune would be psi, but the Voice as depicted in
the original movie was similar to the Firestarter dad's "push"
influence.  Perhaps the Mentat would be the opposite force as pure
intellectual ability?

Deanna Trois' empathic and telepathic abilities were ever-present yet
nearly useless in every episode.  "Captain, those aliens (who are
shooting at us) have a strong emotion of anger towards us."

David Tennant Dr.Who portrayed the Ood with psychic ability that was
explained as a cultural group-mind kind of communication (like an
innate organic internet)  That's a well-executed use of telepathy.

Phenomenon gave John Travolta telekinesis along with superhuman
brainpowers.  'Never explained if it was aliens that gave him this
ability or the brain tumor that eventually killed him.  (or if the
alien superpowers caused the tumor, etc.)

fun brainstorming exercise, thanks

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