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March 22nd, 2012, 10:34 AM
I'm trying to find a SciFi short story I read as a kid. It involved someone who has the ability to change people biologically and control their mind. I can't remember the story so I might be making stuff up, but I remember him being a young man who became like a cult leader due to his abilities. In some cases he changed someones gender or race. Sorry about the lack of details.

March 26th, 2012, 01:38 AM
I can't offhand think of the story you are remembering, but a series of excellent novels by Octavia Butler has similar elements: Patternist series (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patternist_series).

March 29th, 2012, 09:47 PM
The story I am thinking of is Stranger in a Strange Land by R. A. Heinlein, although some of your details do not match, like the gender change. However, Michael - Human born on Mars and returned to Earth - does have the power to make clothes and even people disappear; and he also has a cult following because of his 'new' religion that he founds. Hope this helps--John.

March 30th, 2012, 06:32 AM
Some other similar stories (like the above also novels) are the classic A.E. van Vogt Slan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slan), and Jacqueline Lichtenberg's Sime-Gen universe series (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sime_-_Gen_Universe).

April 11th, 2012, 09:11 AM
Thank you guys. Unfortunately I don't think any of those is the one I'm looking for, but since I enjoy that type of novels I'll make sure to read them.