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Sci-fi horror short story about alien that wants to be eaten

I'm pretty confident this is the classic Philip K. Dick short story "Beyond Lies the Wub." Quoting from the plot summary on Wikipedia: Captain Franco, paranoid after an earlier ...
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Looking for a story where the protagonist defends against mind reading by repeating a counting-out rhyme

Other than the exact text of the rhyme, it sounds like a perfect match for Alfred Bester's The Demolished Man. The main character wants to commit a crime in a world of telepaths and needs to keep it ...
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Novel: non-telepath helps overthrow rule by telepaths

Could it be Philip K. Dick's "Our Friends from Frolix 8" (1970)? It was about telepaths ruling the normals, and the cover sort of fits, but I don't remember the details of the plot that well.
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Contacting aliens - "we must love each other or die"

Love That Universe by Arthur C. Clarke. I read it as a young whippersnapper in Clarke's anthology The Wind from the Sun. It's a very short story, only three pages in my book. It ends: Now there is ...
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Dystopian future with telepathic children

This is John Wyndham's The Chrysalids (1955). Set in a post-apocalyptic Labrador, the protagonist David and his telepathic friends try to hide their abilities from their rabidly anti-mutant neighbours....
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Sci-fi story about man escaping from sensory deprivation prison inside the Alps

That happens in The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester. In the story, people can teleport, but only if they know their exact location and destination. The prison setup keeps them from knowing their ...
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Trying to find a short story: telepathy has all but destroyed the female population of Earth. Returning astronauts offer hope of repopulation

"The New Wine", a short story by John Christopher. It has appeared in a number of anthologies and collections; any of these covers look familiar? At the beginning of the story, the first ...
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Story about rats in ESP experiments

"Controlled Experiment", a short story by Rick Conley, first published in Omni, November 1978, which can be borrowed (free but registration required) from the Internet Archive. "I have ...
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Author & title of short story about cat navigator of spaceship

Could this be The Game of Rat and Dragon by Cordwainer Smith? The story takes place in the far future. Human travel in outer space is threatened by strange creatures known as the Dragons. ...
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Movie where the characters finds out what they have to do right at the moment they need to do it to avoid the enemy knowing their plan

Push (2009 film) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Push_(2009_film) Knowing that both Division and Triad Watchers can see their every move, Nick proposes an elaborate plan to obtain the drug and eliminate ...
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Novel, potentially 1970s, in which people with ESP powers hide out in a carnival (maybe aliens)

The Galactic Rejects by Andrew J. Offutt. It was published in 1973 so it fits your time frame. It isn't quite as you remember. The people with psychic powers are Terrans and they are stranded on an ...
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Looking for a novel or novella about a federal manhunt for a telepathic alien

I knew I knew it! This is one of the stories in Psi High and Others by Alan Nourse. While "The Watchers" from the Galactic Confederation patiently await the verdict -- freedom or "Quarantine" for ...
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80s era sci-fi book on time travel; college man gets to the future where telepaths are a growing minority, plants iron berries and gets rich

The Destiny Makers series by Mike Shupp From goodreads review of the first book, With Fate Conspire: The novel tells the story of college kid named Tim who mysteriously finds himself in the bubble of ...
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What short story book had "story for telepaths"?

You're describing E. Michael Blake's Science Fiction for Telepaths (reproduced in full below) Science Fiction for Telepaths 1 1 Well, you know what I mean. It was published in 100 Great Science ...
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A telepathic race hides its intelligence from invading humans

I think this could well be a short story by A.E. van Vogt called "The Second Solution". I originally read it the the van Vogt anthology "Away and Beyond", but it is also one of the ...
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Are Time Lords psychic?

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 ...
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Sci-fi book about a small sea-cucumber like alien that made humans go insane and/or die

This is the 1976 novel Mindbridge by Joe Haldeman. The planet circles Groombridge 1618 and the small alien creatures are called "bridges." The explorers (called "Tamers") wear ...
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60's or older story about two kinds of mutant telepaths

This is the plot of A.E. Van Vogt's 1940 novel Slan. There are two types of "Slans": one type has golden antenna-like "tendrils" that they try to hide, but not always successfully, the way that you ...
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A short story where an underground alien civilization sends a cube and projects a mind to Earth

The Deep by Isaac Asimov. I read it in the 1973 anthology The Best of Isaac Asimov but it's been published all over the place. The description of the cube is: He went on, "This does not mean ...
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A thick hardcover stand alone book about a family with psychic powers with peaceful aliens above watching over them

Is this Intervention (1987) by Julian May...? It was published both as one long book and as two shorter books. Book 1: Surveillance Book 2: Metaconcert This user review covers the plot points ...
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People connected by telepathy

"Baby Is Three", a 1952 novella by Theodore Sturgeon; first published in Galaxy Science Fiction, October 1952, available at the Internet Archive; expanded into the 1953 novel More Than Human....
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A SF novel about the invisible globes that try to take over the world

This is Eric Frank Russell's Sinister Barrier which first appeared in Unknown in 1939. See Wikipedia. Your description is spot-on: Scientists dying apparently randomly, eye treatments, which allow ...
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Book about a boy on a colony planet who flees the male-only village he was raised in and meets a girl who arrived in a scout ship

This is The Knife of Never Letting Go (2008) by Patrick Ness. It's the first book in the Chaos Walking series. Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with ...
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Short story about the drawbacks of human telepathy on an alien planet

This is Cobwebs, by Ray Brown. It was in the August 1987 Analog. I seem to recall a conversation between the main character and one of the aliens, explaining that the human telepaths are refugees from ...
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In the 1980s Garfield Cartoon show and classic comic strips, can Jon literally "understand" Garfield?

According to the strip's creator, Jon doesn't understand Garfield, but he does understand his actions. Jim: I wanted to ride that real fine line between wanting to understand what the cat says, I ...
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Sci Fi book about colonizing dinosaur planet

Not sure how long "many years ago" is. But, this sounds a lot like the S.M. Stirling novel The Sky People. It is the first of the Lords of Creation Series. Points that match: ...about a planet ...
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Short story: Entering the mind of a women with brain damage; euthanasia

This seems to be "Broken Toys" by Gordon Dykstra (his only published story to date) in Asimov's, June 1980. "Mister" Aldous, the protagonist is doing a survey of the comatose and ...
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Name of a book featuring a race using interplanetary telepathy

This sounds like John D. MacDonald's novel Wine of the Dreamers (aka Planet of the Dreamers), originally published (probably in a shorter form) in Startling Stories, May 1950 which is available at the ...
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Did Sauron use telepathy (ósanwe) to interrogate Gollum?

It's possible, but there is no direct evidence. As a Maia, Sauron was certainly capable of using ósanwe. As the former lieutenant of Morgoth, he would have known that forcing secrets directly from an ...
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