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Mason Meomartini
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Posted: 09 August 2018 at 7:51pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

When you wrote about the jazz musician Calhoun in Fantastic Four 291 and his mutant ability to make his dreams become reality, had you read about any of the lines of thought related to this topic?  There was something called New Thought where I think it started in modern times.  One of the principles is that states of mind are actually manifested in day to day life.  There was the book Psycho-Cybernetics, and before these there's the ancient Vedic philosophy on something they call the siddhis, the power to control nature with the mind.

It's one of the most powerful fictional themes.  The Calhoun story was around the same time as the more extreme version of this with the Beyonder, and before the combined infinity gems in the Infinity Gauntlet and the character Q in Star Trek: The Next Generation.  The only other times I remember seeing a similar idea was in that Twilight Zone episode about the boy Anthony Fremont who had godlike mental powers to do whatever he wanted, in the Trelane episode of the original Star Trek, and in the Michael Crichton novel Sphere where characters were given the power to create whatever they imagine after contact with an underwater alien spacecraft.


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Posted: 09 August 2018 at 8:27pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Oh, and can't leave out Sandy in Next Men.
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