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Sci Fi book about a man travelling through portals from one dimension to another through who ends up in a place where mind control is prevalent

I read a book in the late 80s about a man travelling from one dimension to another through portals that are "right around the corner". He ends up in a place where mind control is prevalent ...
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Short story - advertiser using mind control dart device

I read Jerry Oltion's "Scents of Compulsion" about advertisers using scents to cause compulsive behavior related to whatever the smeller happens to be thinking of (usually but not always the ...
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Federal agents seek man who can alter memories and behavior

This is a story I read in the early 2000s in Asimov's magazine. Two federal agents are criss-crossing America, finding neighborhoods that are weird - in one, everyone is suddenly a fluent speaker of ...
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Movie about scientist controlling the minds of townsfolk

I'm trying to find the name of a sci-fi/horror movie that would've been released in the US sometime in the late 1970s or early-to-mid 1980s. My parents recorded it from cable, so it would've been on ...
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What Magic: The Gathering novel/character involves removing someone's memories through a hole in their skull?

There's a plotline in a Magic: The Gathering novel I'm having trouble remembering, and I'd like to find what book it's in. Basically, there's a Phyrexian (possibly was a human before?) who loves ...
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Telepathic alien uses mind control at close range

I read this in a second-hand book in the 90s, it was either a short story or a novella. A lone alien landed on Earth. It could easily understand and control nearby people's thoughts, and was not ...
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Looking for 1980s/90s Scifi Book, Mind Control, Man protecting his Daughter, Psychics

This could be a book 2 of a series. The book was from some time in the 1980s or 90's. Dark cover with a title of "something Minds". example. "Cold Minds" or "Metal Minds" ...
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Novel about near-future AI-controlled Air Force fighting human-controlled Navy

I've been looking to track down a book about an AI controlling people's minds. By wearing a piece of technology, the AI could take over your body and make you do things. It takes place in the near ...
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Paraplegic who becomes a centaur

The film Avatar reminded me if this short story which I read, I think, in anthology from my school library in sixth form, c.1978/9. It was probably fairly old then most of their stuff was. A ...
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First example of mind control changing eyes?

I've noticed a common trope in SciFi/Fantasy: mind control changes the subject's eye color or, usually in more cartoonish works, gives the subject "spinning eyes". What is the original ...
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Novel where a woman is able to shake off mind control due to a broken microwave

I read this about 5 years ago, as part of a series. I remember the main character was an investigator, I think of the private variety. He was a fairly grounded individual, but over the course of the ...
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Novel with a scene where a mother is compelled to pile blankets on her newborn

I have a newborn son who's having a harder time with thermoregulation, and it made me flash back to a book, a fantasy novel I think, where a character finds his wife sleepwalking and piling more and ...
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Story involving children mind-controlled using food to take care of magical creatures after dark

I'm trying to recall a story from my childhood. I believe this was an episode of a TV show, but could possibly have been a short film. I saw this in English in the mid-1990's. The story involved some ...
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Short sci-fi story about mind control hijacking

I read an excellent SF short story about 20 years ago. It started as a man being chased by the police. The man himself had had his mind taken over by another 'being'. These 'beings' were hunted by ...
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Film (possibly made for TV) where everyone wears a headset which controls thoughts by suppressing IQ [duplicate]

Film set in USA where everyone wears a headset which controls thoughts by suppressing IQ. Everything is a copy of 1950s, even cars & clothes. Hero discovers the truth and is told by interrogator ...
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Mecha anime where a boy got jealous over a girl he likes for kissing an old man

I'm trying to find a somewhat old mecha anime that I used to watch at Hero TV channel. It's been driving me crazy over the past few years. All I can remember in a specific episode, is that there was ...
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TV Show episode with a psychic baby looking for a father

I was reading Sword and sorcery short story with a wizard carrying an infant in a backpack that actually is a parasite and it brought back a vague memory of watching a TV show where something happens, ...
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Movie about cop with a control chip in his head which breaks

In the 90s or early 00s I watched a film about a corporation who controlled society. All citizens had a chip in their heads, that substitutes and decors their reality. For example, a future style city ...
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short story I read in grade school in the mid 1970s - scientifically curious boy reads the ingredient list on his breakfast cereal box, [duplicate]

Trying to track down a short story that I read in grade school in the mid 1970s -probably written in the late 60s-early 70s - might be considered YA lit today. A scientifically curious boy reads the ...
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70s TV miniseries: antagonist gets followers to his pacifist ideology through mind control devices

I am trying to recall the name of TV-series that was aired in the 70s (possibly only in selected European countries?). IIRC it was a French production. The bad guy was using some kind of mind control ...
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Book with alien on spaceship who wears helmet to control slaves

I’m looking for a book I read as a child (early nineties) about an alien who used a spaceship and was part of a wider empire of aliens. They controlled millions with their mind. In a part of the book,...
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Pre-90s movie about brother and sister with telekinesis abilities; sister makes a bird explode with her mind

A movie that I have seen as a child back in early 90s. The movie starts with a blond lady having a breakfast in the garden, and then she gets annoyed with this bird on the tree, so she would make that ...
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Short story about mind-hijacking aliens (60s or 70s)

I'm trying to identify a short story that I read in a sci-fi anthology from the late 60s or 70s about an expedition to an alien world. The spaceship encounters a civilization and sends one crew ...
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Film about ancient hypnotist magician who uses hypnosis to control people around him

I remember that the protagonist (average looking white guy) was fighting an ancient sorcerer/magician who looked like a Mongol/Chinese guy and was using hypnosis to control people around him. The ...
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2010s (?) YA sci-fi short story book with eerie or disturbing endings; one involving mind control and a baseball player

I read this book around 2013/14 but I’m not sure when it was published. Essentially there were a bunch of short stories with creepy or disturbing endings. I only remember one of them but I don’t know ...
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Has a telepathic character in DC Comics been able to telepathically freeze people/time like Professor X in Marvel?

Since it has been established that Professor X has been shown to use his telepathic/telekinetic powers to mentally halt people in their tracks in both comics and the movies - see here for that - my ...
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1970s sci-fi book. Main character has a mind-control implant called a Bofron(?) and can transport self to other planets

Book I am looking for may be YA sci-fi book but I can’t recall. I think the protagonist in the story was named Ben..not 100% though. He was part of a society that used some kind of mind control and he ...
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50s/60s movie with round disks on the back of people's necks

I've been trying to find the name of a movie. I saw it in the middle 1960's on TV in the US. It was in black and white. Pretty sure it was produced in the US. From what I remember of the clothes and ...
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Episode of possibly The Outer Limits w/ mind-controlled alien spaceship found in a cave?

I remember an episode of what I think to have been The Outer Limits, but I can't seem to be able to identify it. The plot is as follows: Some children/teens play outside and at one point they find a ...
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Trying to find a book about a human colony that communicates with other colonies with their minds

In the book, humans use these devices to basically go into the body of other humans in other colonies. However, they think it is a game so they continue to destroy the lives of the people they go into....
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Can these characters be mind-controlled by Poison Ivy?

Poison Ivy has been known to seduce and control her victims by some sort of pheromones. Can she do the same to some of the superpowered, nearly invulnerable members of the Justice League like ...
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1960s Novel Alien and ICBM Silo?

I vaguely recall reading a pulp novel in the 1960s about some sort of alien invasion. One man was immune to some sort of mind control (plate in his head?) and there was something about an ICBM silo. ...
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What happens if a Confessor tries to Confess an already Confessed person?

This is in relation to both the Sword of Truth and the Legend of the Seeker universes. I have only seen the tv-series, but I'm interested in an answer drawing from the books canon. The question is ...
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Mind control magic in lord of the rings [closed]

In Middle-earth, does there exist magic that causes the user to gain influence over another's body and actions? At the same time, are there catalysts in Middle-earth where such a spell could be bound ...
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Looking for the title of a book where the ruling women have psychic powers

This book was published in the 70's or 80's. The women had psychic powers but were bonded to their husbands who they could not disobey. The heroine of the book is bonded to a man (who is the bastard ...
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SF Novel About Mind Control Device

Looking for a pre-90s science fiction novel about a guy who creates a mind control device. When the device is on, people are forced to do whatever he says. At one time, he tells his girlfriend to ...
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Find sci fi short story about invisible creatures on everyone's heads [duplicate]

I read a sci f- short story in the 80s that I'd like to find. It's not "Unwelcome Tenant" by Roger Dee, although it has many similarities. Here's what I remember: It could have been written anytime ...
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Episode of TV show where nobody was allowed to be smart

At some point in (I think) the 90s, I saw an episode of something like Outer Limits or Twilight Zone where nobody was allowed to have more than average intelligence. Smarter children had to wear ...
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What 90's movie had one surviving alien on a ship controlled by its brain?

I have been racking my brain for years on which apparently is a very forgotten alien movie that I have googled, and googled...So apparently it must be a rarity. It had to have come out between 1995 ...
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Story (series) identification: Mind controlling satellite, a return to Earth, and two warring alien species

I'm trying to find a series of stories (a trilogy, I think) with a slew of distinctive features. I can't remember when the books were written (I read them about a year and a half ago), but I can ...
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Please help identify a first contact with aliens novel

Story is set on an earth of the relatively near future that recognises potential danger of first contact so viruses have been seeded in the outer reaches to infect the minds of aliens with a mental ...
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Earliest exampe of mind-control failing due to obvious physiological/psychological differences?

Mind-controlling aliens are science fiction's staple and have been like that for quite some time. There even is a recent Hot Question about one of the most popular and respected sci-fi franchises ...
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Looking for a specific dystopian sci-fi book in which the protagonists remove their mind-control chips

I don't remember a huge amount about this book and haven't been able to find it even after resorting to just reading long lists of sci-fi books. The government uses a sort of "soft" mind-control via ...
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How many times was Picard's mind taken over? [duplicate]

I can think of at least three episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation in which Picard's mind was taken over, or at least intentionally messed with in order to make him do specific things. By an ...
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Did Hamilton invent mind controlling aliens or did SciFi have them before "Star Kings"?

One of the things that made Star Kings such a popular book was a set of antagonists, who were extra-galactic aliens with abilities to control minds. Was Hamilton the first to use that plot idea in ...
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Author+title of story of planet inhabited by intelligence which makes mouse and man evolve on ship

In my youth, I’ve read countless science fiction and fantasy books. One of these, when I finished it, I felt like a part of my life ended with the end of the book, and surely there must be a sequel… ...
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American Indian and others escape Earth that is controlled by a computer

Please help me identify a science fiction book series I read in the early 80s. The story starts with an American Indian that is given an injection so he remembers he's not just a member of a tribe, ...
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Does the Jedi mind trick only work on sentient beings?

Does the subject of a Jedi mind trick need to be sentient? Or does he only have to understand the words maybe? Or is that also not necessary? For example, take a dog. Assuming it's just an animal and ...
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Does Sith Mind Control exist in canon?

@Richard commented here that @SS-3.1415926535897932384626433 - Although there's some evidence that the Sith can control minds, that doesn't seem to stretch to creating meatpuppet soldiers in ...
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Book where brains are harvested and used as computers, bringing them back to life and driving them insane

It's a science fiction book from the seventies or likely earlier. I might not remember it entirely correctly but the premise was that after someone dies their brain is harvested and wired into a ...
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