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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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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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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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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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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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Surely 'Forbidden Planet' (1956) must be a contender? As it turns out that


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The book is The Kin of Ata are Waiting for You by Dorothy Bryant 1971; can't wait to read it to see how many more inaccurate details are in my post. Part love story, part utopian fantasy, part spiritual fable, The Kin of Ata Are Waiting for You is "a beautiful, symbolic journey of the soul" (Berkeley Monthly). Into the world of the Ata comes a desperate ...


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Could this be Fated by Rebecca Zanetti? The main character (Cara) has a sister (Emma) and a psychic daughter (Janie). She comes into contact with the main vampire character (Talen, not Kaden) quite early on in the book. Marry Me! Cara Paulsen does not give up easily. A scientist and a single mother, she's used to fighting for what she wants, keeping a ...


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I am pretty sure the book is called Mind-Find (1988), by Wilanne Schneider Belden. Though this description sounds slightly off from what I remember. The neighbor woman had many adopted children with psychic powers which was how she recognized them in Laurel (or Lorelei), the main character. Laurel was afraid to tell her father about her powers thinking she ...


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In Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series, Leonie and Lorrill Hastur are twins in (one of) the highest ranking family on the planet. She is the stronger telepath and undergoes rigorous training which in the end brings her to the most powerful position in the "Towers", where psychic powers are trained and used. Lorill goes on to be the Regent for Prince ...


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With the added lore around the Sisters of Silence it has been shown that the pariah Gene is far more common then has been previously shown. In the Horus Heresy the sisters have enough Blanks to field at least 2 major armies (one in the webway to stop the incursion of Chaos after Magnus Folly, and the other travelling with the Space Wolves to purge the ...


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