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In the story “Obstinate Uncle Otis” (July 1941), by Robert Arthur, the eponymous Otis Morks is a stubborn Vermont farmer struck by lightning. This grants him the power that whenever he asserts that a certain thing does not exist, it instantly becomes so: Uncle Otis obstinately would never believe that anyone would erect a statue to Ogilby, and had never ...


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The "Gil the ARM" stories by Larry Niven. Mostly short, noir mysteries. but they've been anthologized in a paperback several times. The 1995 Flatlander seems to be the latest publication, and is available as an e-book for kindle and nook or through audible.com at least. If I recall correctly the particular story you are interested in was "The Defenseless ...


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1952: "Tonight the Sky Will Fall!", a novella by Daniel F. Galouye; first published in Imagination, May 1952, available at the Internet Archive. Nineteen years before The Lathe of Heaven, another story of a character with uncontrolled reality-wrecking powers. Tarl Brent is unaware of his power, but he thinks he is being followed. He is. Someone else has ...


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Probably not the first by a long shot, but something to get the ball rolling. 1971: The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin. A version was published as a two-part serial in Amazing Science Fiction for March and May of 1971 (links to the Internet Archive). From the Wikipedia summary: The book is set in Portland, Oregon, in the year 2002. Portland has ...


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Yes. Time Lords have possessed psychic ability as demonstrated going all the way back to the 2nd Doctor, Patrick Troughton, when in "The War Games", The Doctor sent an emergency message* to Gallifrey upon discovering the true nature of the Games. DOCTOR: The only people who can put an end to this whole ghastly business and send everyone back to their own ...


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The Hulk has not been attacked by many people with mental powers. The reasons for this vary widely but the central tenets are: The Hulk is known to be powered by rage. Almost all good psionic users in the Marvel Universe know this. They avoid the Hulk because his rage is painful to them and is best avoided. Rage also acts as a barrier against psychic ...


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Julian May, Saga of Pliocene Exile which is four books : The Many Colored Land, The Golden Torc, The Nonborn King, The Adversary. The time-travelers arrive to discover the Pliocene is already inhabited by a dimorphic race of aliens ('exotics'), the Tanu and the Firvulag. It was Aiken Drum, the non-born, who was the latent Paramount ...


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“Ethical Quotient” This story has been the object of identification requests on other sites, for example here. What details I can find match the description in the question. The main character is referred to as an “Ethical Absolute” throughout the story. “I do not understand this,” she shook her head, “although I know you speak true, being Ethical ...


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Short answer: apart from her "Pinkie Sense" there is no specific confirmation in the show/comics that she may have some hidden power that would allow her to see the future (the only allusion begin the episode where she dress like a fortune teller). The "Pinkie Sense" itself it is not fully explained: it gets its name in episode 15 of season 1, but the whole ...


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"Low Grade Ore", a novelette by Kevin O'Donnell, Jr., first published in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, Summer 1977, available at the Internet Archive. Humans had been conquered or lost a war against aliens. On the afternoon of 23 June 1979, five hours after the then-President of the US surrendered to end the Two Minute War, the Pukcip had ...


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Sounds like the Hogben series by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore, which was also the answer to the old question "Hillbilly-type family with supernatural powers". Here is a video ad by Neil Gaiman for The Hogben Chronicles. You probably read the first story in the series, "Exit the Professor", originally published in Thrilling Wonder Stories, October 1947 ...


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That's Octavia Butler's Patternist series, probably the first one, Patternmaster.


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Others See Us by William Sleator. Not a short story, but a short book. Sixteen-year-old Jared falls into a toxic swamp just before the yearly summer reunion at Grandmother's house. He comes away with the ability to "visit" other people's minds, and things get very complicated very quickly. He discovers that his beautiful cousin Annalise is a sociopath, ...


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I wasn't sure the Uncle Otis story would count as an answer to your question, as it seemed to me that Uncle Otis used his power in a controlled and purposeful (if deranged) way. Anyway, "Obstinate Uncle Otis" was first published in the July 19, 1941 issue of Argosy. Here is a rather similar story published five months earlier: February 1941: "The Ultimate ...


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This is "All the traps of Earth" by Clifford Simak. "The law said that no robot could legally have continuation of a single life greater than a hundred years. and he had lived for 600 years in the service of one family... to escape disintegration Richard Daniel, robot, stows away on the outside of a ship journeying to far off galaxies"


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This is Christopher and his Magic Powers by Richard Koff. Christopher is 13 and often too smart for his own good. He hates school and can’t seem to stay out of trouble. On a dare he knocks on a door to a house all his friends say is haunted and meets a strange, quiet man who calls himself the Headmaster. The Headmaster starts Christopher on a ...


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Could this be "Limiting Factor" by Theodore R. Cogswell? "Oh, you wouldn't be doing that," said Mr. Thwiskumb mildly. "Those people down there aren't Ordinaries." "What!" "Dear me, no. They weren't the ones that were left behind. They are the descendants of those who migrated. Those poor devils down there are pure-blooded Superiors. When they ran into ...


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This bears a considerable resemblance to Firestarter: Rekindled. In this 2002 mini-series sequel to the 1984 movie adaptation, Charlie (the titular girl) is grown up and working in a library when Rainbird resurfaces with a collection of six boys with different powers -- one of which has the power of suggestion (similar to Charlie's father, but more powerful ...


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That would be The Promise of God by Michael Flynn. It's no longer on his website, but he writes briefly about it here and you can hear a reading of it at Clarkesworld. The central idea is that the use of magic destroys the conscience, such that the main character mage is no longer able to distinguish right from wrong. I haven't read it in a while, so some ...


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Unsure if you're asking for identification of the novel or if it's available. Appears you remember the name correctly. Amazon has a Keeper of the Children available in used versions. There's a posted review that talks about a father attempting to get his daughter back from a cult leader with supernatural (psychic ?) talents including the ability to ...


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The empire is vast, so having 2 untouchables occur in it doesn't make untouchables particularly common! The only characters in the actual game which are untouchable are one of the assassin sub-types, which makes them pretty rare (and Human only?) Narrative imperative to make good stories is kinda going to increase their occurrence in the novels. They are ...


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Here are three examples of early stories with telepathy. The first, from 1889, is a perfect example of what we're looking for. It is antedated by Jules Verne's 1885 novel Mathias Sandorf as noted in b_jonas's answer; I mention it only in case there is some doubt as to whether there is real telepathy in Verne's novel. The second example, from 1871, is not a ...


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This is an opinion based on living through the time period in question. At the time there were a lot of folks who believed in Extra Sensory Perception ESP. It was popularly treated in the media and was studied in academia, with pseudo-scientific articles coming out on a regular basis. In the 70's a guy came along called "The Amazing Randi" who offered a ...


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Alright, thanks to some comments which pointed out similar movies, I was able to find it by searching through "similar movies" one by one. Its name wasn't anything like "Aiko". It actually was Spriggan (1998). The movie included several creepy guys, though I remembered only 2 of them. The heavily armoured guy I remembered was called Fat Man. He was ...


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Star Fire by Ingo Swann. Dan Meriweather is the rock star who has psychic abilities. From the book: It had happened in a country meadow while he was at work on composing a new song. The words resisted for a while, then fell into place. And with their ordering had come the music. He was pleased and sang it, tentatively, to a flower nearby, a small one ...


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I'm pretty sure the movie you're thinking of is Mad Detective (神探) from 2007: Chan Kwai-Bun (Sean Lau) is a brilliant detective with a supernatural gift: seeing a person's "inner personalities" or hidden ghosts. I saw this a few years ago and remember it being really visually interesting (also, just a good movie overall). It’s from Hong Kong. Warning: ...


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The story is called Carrier by Robert Sheckley. I read it years ago from a collection of stories in Space Odyssey: An Anthology Of Great Science Fiction Stories. However it seems to have first appeared in Worlds of IF Science Fiction April 1954. You can actually find this for free online at archive.org On Page 51 of Worlds of IF Science Fiction April 1954 ...


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I don't know if you're still looking for the answer to this question, but I believe the short story you're looking for is "The Real Thing" by Alison Goodman. The story focuses on the slightly genetically enhanced Joss Aaronson and her psychically-bonded alien partner Mavkel. It was included in the short story anthology Firebirds Rising, edited by Sharyn ...


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Could that be Robert Heinlein's Time for the Stars? It is discovered that some pairs of identical twins are telepathic between themselves and that telepathy is instantaneous and unaffected by distance. Pairs of twins are hired to accompany the first interstellar expeditions which set out in different directions in a dozen STL torchships. The book follows ...


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