Questions tagged [mind-control]

This is a tag used for questions that involve a manner of telepathic or empathic control of other beings with methods beyond what's known to current human psychological studies.

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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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Why didn't Qui-Gon Jinn use his Jedi mind tricks to exchange his Republic credits?

In Star Wars Episode I, Qui-Gon Jinn tries to use his Jedi mind tricks to convince Watto that Republic credits will do fine as payment for the hyperdrive they need. Conveniently, mind tricks don't ...
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SF book from the 80's or 90's about a Space Cop who is made into a slave with a pain/pleasure implant?

When I was rather young I had picked up a bunch of SF books at the library, one had a kind of interested plot about an undercover Space Cop of some sort who had somehow been turned into a slave. It ...
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Story identification: woman trained to control powerful psychic

I don't remember where I read this, probably in a printed anthology of science fiction from the 1970s or 1980s. A woman is trained to be a handler for a powerful psychic with limited intelligence. He ...
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Short story about alien military telepathy?

I am trying to find a short story that I read in my youth. I unfortunately can't remember anything of the title. I thought it had been written by Arthur C. Clarke, but a search of his short stories ...
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Short story about Neurosurgeon uses nanobots to cure patients, 'reprograms' ex-wife to fall back in love with him

I read this story sometime between 1989 and 1991 in a SF&F magazine (Asimov's Science Fiction? The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction? Amazing Stories?) and I've looked for it for years, in ...
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What psychological space station thriller novel features all the crew getting killed one-by-one?

I'm looking for a book I read some time ago - probably published in the late 90s/early 00s. I can hardly remember any of it, but I will describe it as best as I can. It was I think set in the future, ...
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Astronaut is freed from mind parasite when he leaves Earth's gravity well

In the late 90s I read a short story (probably written much earlier) in which an astronaut on a mission to Mars is surprised to discover that he has spent his whole life with an invisible and ...
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Very old Matrix-like short story, based on chemicals released into the air, pre-computer

I am looking for a story about the future of mankind, in which most people have been enslaved in a virtual reality. It ends with the revelation that the people are just lying there imagining their ...
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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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Find a movie about alien invasion implants devices into human heads for mind control

I'm looking for a movie where there was an alien put a devices human heads, and then taking control of their minds. I find some pictures about this movie, but i still don't know the movie's name ...
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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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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 ...