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July 4th, 2012, 09:51 PM
I was recently listening to the soundtrack of Heavy Metal and the song Veteran of the Psychic Wars by BOC is a favorite. I can just picture a type of soldier called a Betty. They wear armor covered in shrapnel and pop up out of a concealed hole and use telekinesis to force the shrapnel away from themselves killing enemy soldiers.

So, I was wondering if there are books that are have psychic warfare or psionics as an integral part of the story? Anything with soldiers using telekinesis, fire-starters, and levitation?

July 5th, 2012, 07:10 AM
Why not just squeeze the enemies heart til they die?

July 5th, 2012, 11:02 AM
So, I was wondering if there are books that are have psychic warfare or psionics as an integral part of the story?

I'm sure there are many but off the top of my head:

The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
Ubik by Philip K Dick
More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon

No soldiers involved in those though.

July 5th, 2012, 03:30 PM
So, I was wondering if there are books that are have psychic warfare or psionics as an integral part of the story?

Doc Smith's Lensman series is heavy on the use of psychic talents, if you exclude Triplanetary.

July 5th, 2012, 04:23 PM
Pretty much anyone who wrote for Campbell in the post Golden Age used psi powers. Mark Clifton did it best, IMHO.

Here is a list of others from my own website. There are some great ones in there.

The Man Who Could Work Miracles, Wells, H.G.
A Princess of Mars, Burroughs, Edgar Rice
Last and First Men, Stapledon, Olaf
Odd John, Stapledon, Olaf
City, Simak, Clifford
The Lion of Comarre, Clarke, Arthur C.
The Science Fiction of Mark Clifton, Clifton, Mark
Ingathering: The Complete History of the People, Henderson, Zenna
Looking for Something, Herbert, Frank
Childhood's End, Clarke, Arthur C.
More than Human, Sturgeon, Theodore
The Big Front Yard, Simak, Clifford
Way Station, Simak, Clifford
Dune, Herbert, Frank
Planet of Exile, Le Guin, Ursula K.
Rocannon's World, Le Guin, Ursula K.
The Featherbedders, Herbert, Frank
The Einstein Intersection, Delany, Samuel R.
Neutron Star (Collection), Niven, Larry
2001: A Space Odyssey, Clarke, Arthur C.
The Santaroga Barrier, Herbert, Frank
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever (Collection), Tiptree, James Jr.
TheWorlds of Frank Herbert Herbert, Frank
Dying Inside, Silverberg, Robert
On the Last Afternoon, Tiptree, James
Encounter in a Lonely Place, Herbert, Frank
She Waits for All Men Born, Tiptree, James
Worlds of Exile and Illusion, Le Guin, Ursula K.
Survivor, Butler, Octavia
The Dead Zone, King, Stephen
With Delicate Mad Hands, Tiptree, James
Foundation's Edge, Asimov, Isaac
The Gunslinger, King, Stephen
The Man who Melted, Dann, Jack
Ender's Game, Card, Orson S.
Foundation and Earth, Asimov, Isaac
Watchmen, Moore, Alan & Dave Gibbons
The Nothing, Herbert, Frank
Guide Dog, Connor, Mike
This Year's Class Picture, Simmons, Dan
Parable of the Sower, Butler, Octavia
Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge, Resnick, Mike
Parable of the Talents, Butler, Octavia
Dead Like Me, Castro, Adam-Troy
Tendeleo's Story, McDonald, Ian
The Martian Child, Gerrold, David
Ghost Dance, Alexie, Sherman
Sergeant Chip, Denton, Bradley
Fledgling, Butler, Octavia
The Third Craft, Harris, James T.
The Living Dead, Adams, John Joseph
The Passage, Cronin, Justin

July 5th, 2012, 04:30 PM
Joan Vinge's Cat series: "Psion", "Catspaw", and "Dreamfall" (not soldiers though).

July 5th, 2012, 10:59 PM
Star Wars


July 6th, 2012, 03:55 PM
I just finished Three Ring Psychus (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3306690-three-ring-psychus) by John Shirley and it has exactly what you are looking for.

Due to an event known as The Great Unweighting humans have new telekinetic powers that they can use to alter the gravity around other objects and themselves. At first they primarily use this power to Up themselves (fly) but later they start using it more aggressively against other tribes who threaten their survival. An interesting twist is that if you kill someone with your Up field you experience some psychic feedback that can drive you insane or at the very least hurt like hell. It even explores what the military might due with that sort of power.

July 6th, 2012, 08:29 PM
Wow, thanks for all the suggestions. That should keep me busy.

Star Wars, hmm. I gotta admit I haven't read any of the SW books. I tend to have a hard time reading books with characters from movies I've seen. Not sure why. The only Potter books I ever read were the ones I hadn't seen the movies for.

Are there any SW books that don't have the main characters (Han, Luke, Vader, etc.) of the movies?

July 7th, 2012, 09:03 AM
Star Wars


My thoughts exactly!!

Are there any SW books that don't have the main characters (Han, Luke, Vader, etc.) of the movies?

I, Jedi - was pretty good if I recall.. and no main characters. The Darth Bane books had no main characters in it either.

but honestly, most of the SW books focused the main movie characters. The more recent books include their children as well. You're limiting the options by a lot if you don't want any of the main characters in the book.