Need some telepath stories, stat. (You may already know this)
July 8, 2012 8:39 PM   Subscribe

Got a sudden yen for telepathy stories, based on some vague wispy memories. Identification or other suggestions, please.

On an earlier question, someone was looking for a children's book involving telepathy, which of course was identified in 2 minutes: "The Forgotten Door." So I checked it out of the library, read it, and was horrified by the ending. Telepathic boy takes nice family from our Earth back home with him to keep them out of trouble. I'm thinking, "OH NO! Non-telepaths surrounded by telepaths -- horrible!" I think that immediate reaction is based on a story I read about a non-telepath in a telepathic world. I also remember a story of a telepath overwhelmed by other people's thoughts. Not much to go on, I know. But I find myself hungry for telepath stories.

Not Zenna Henderson's stories about The People. Not Alfred Bester's "The Demolished Man." Not Cyril Kornbluth's "The Mindworm." Not the end of Theodore Sturgeon's "More Than Human." Otherwise, please send me your favorites. Or beam them to me, if you'd rather.
posted by kestralwing to Writing & Language (13 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
"Jack of Eagles" by James Blish.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 9:01 PM on July 8, 2012

"The Rowan" by Anne McCaffrey, and the rest of the series. BTW its the book that introduced me to sci-fi.
posted by DoubleLune at 9:05 PM on July 8, 2012 [1 favorite]

The Alien Blood series (Psion, Catspaw and Dreamfall) by Joan Vinge is quite good (though not quite as brilliant as her Snow Queen series).
posted by jb at 9:12 PM on July 8, 2012

There's a YA series by Kathryn Lasky--The Starbuck Twins Mysteries. Two sets of telepathic twins solve mysteries in various exciting locations. I loved them.
posted by this roof at 9:18 PM on July 8, 2012

Slan by A.E. van Vogt.

(Loved The Forgotten Door, by the way.)
posted by blurker at 9:38 PM on July 8, 2012

It's out of print now, but "Psychedelic-40" by Louis Charbonneau.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 9:50 PM on July 8, 2012

"The Knife of Never Letting Go" by Patrick Ness.
posted by nicebookrack at 10:04 PM on July 8, 2012

Dying Inside by Robert Silverberg.
posted by komara at 11:06 PM on July 8, 2012 [1 favorite]

Sunburst, by Phyllis Gotlieb. The very first science fiction book I ever bought-- from a rotating wire rack in a corner grocery store five blocks from my house-- instead of getting it from the library; strange now to think I would buy and read 2000 more over the next three years before I graduated from high school (counted in writing a senior paper).

The magnificent Telzey Amberdon books by James H. Schmitz, all available for free from Baen. Start with the linked title.

Lords of the Psychon (spoilers) by Daniel F. Galouye. Very impressed with this when I was thirteen.

Time is the Simplest Thing
by Clifford Simak.
posted by jamjam at 12:13 AM on July 9, 2012 [1 favorite]

The books by Charlaine Harris that were the basis for the tv series True Blood are about a telepath named Sookie Stackhouse. The first book in the series is called Dead Until Dark.
posted by gt2 at 12:44 AM on July 9, 2012

Ooh, John Wyndham's 'The Chrysalids'. It's more or less YA. Could perhaps be your 'telepath overwhelmed by other people's thoughts'.
posted by springbound at 4:04 AM on July 9, 2012 [1 favorite]

Mefisto in Onyx. Novella. Harlan Ellision. I can tell you nothing about it, because it'd ruin something.
posted by filmgeek at 4:39 AM on July 9, 2012

Pohl & Kornbluth, "The World of Myrin Flowers." For free on the Web.
posted by Mr. Justice at 4:47 AM on July 9, 2012 [1 favorite]

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