I am watching the old science fiction film known as Scanners. In this film, there were psychic characters with telepathic powers that were so great that they could literally make their target’s head explode. Villains often punish their subordinates for failure by executing them through violent methods. I am thinking of including exploding heads as a punishment for failure in one of my future books.
In many space opera stories, there have been examples of psychics with extraordinary powers. Spock from Star Trek had psychic abilities when he performed the Vulcan Mind Meld. The Jedi and Sith have prominently displayed psychic powers through the Force in Star Wars. River Tam was implied to have psychic powers in Firefly and Serenity. Sarah Kerrigan was one of the strongest psychics in the Starcraft franchise. The list goes on and on. I am thinking of carrying on this tradition by including an organization of psychics in my space opera story. These psychics will be the most prominent military and law enforcement organization in known space. Real life militaries often perform experiments to try and create an army of psychic super-soldiers. A prime example is the Stargate Project from 1991, which was conducted by the United States Army. One could argue that my organization is a manifestation of what that psychic army would look like if it ever bore fruit.
The bond between lovers is a concept that is as old as time itself. We share words and emotions with one another over a period of time and grow closer as time passes. However, I am curious about what it would be like if two lovers formed a psychic connection that binds them in both mind and spirit. Through such a connection, the two lovers would see the truest versions of one another. They will see and feel the good, the bad, and the ugly about one another. There would literally be no secrets between them and they would experience one another’s thoughts and emotions as though they were their own. It would be a bond that cannot be achieved by words or everyday interactions. I am thinking of depicting such a bond in the third volume of the Magnus Dynasty Saga.
I remember something from my Screenwriting Class where we learned to write scenes that involve repetition. The example our instructor provided for us was this scene from the film known as Marathon Man. In this scene, Dustin Hoffman is being interrogated and having his teeth taken apart by a ex-Nazi and his thugs. Throughout this scene, the ex-Nazi constantly asked “Is it safe?” even when Dustin Hoffman gave an answer. For my new superhero series, I will be depicting a similar scene in which a torturer uses psychic powers such as telekinesis and telepathy to torment their target. They will be demanding their victim to repeat a certain phrase and even if their victim does as they are told, they would still be mutilated. Overall, this is going to be a suspenseful and messed up scene that will send chills down your spine.
In my superhuman series, I will be introducing a concept I call psychic torture. When being tortured by telekinesis, the torturer can break bones like twigs, slice through flesh cleaner than any physical blade, and apply pressure to organs. With telepathy, the torturer can project nightmarish illusions or blast the subject’s mind with enough psionic energy to cause indescribable mental pain that could either kill, lobotomize, traumatize, or render the victim unconscious. Imagine a psychic torturer using all of these methods simultaneously on their target and they would do it all without any physical contact with their victim at all.
Because the main characters of my superhuman series are not heroes, I have decided to expand on that with one of the characters whose powers are psychic in nature. Due to the fact that their power will be mentally based, I am thinking of exploring what could happen when a psychic individual becomes psychologically strained by their own power. For instance, the character could have black-out sessions and not remembering what they were doing for hours on end. Then it will be revealed that they developed a darker split personality that uses their psychic powers to do horrendously dark things to criminals. When I think of characters using psychic powers violently, I think of Lucy in Elfen Lied and Tetsuo from Akira. In both cases, the characters used their psychic powers to maim, eviscerate, and utterly obliterate their targets. To put it in a nutshell, my character’s psychic powers will operate like a brain tumor in that it will cause unpredictable personality changes through constant use. They would be their usual self one second and the personification of evil the next, which will give this character a Jekyll and Hyde mindset. I look forward to tinkering with this character when the time comes to finally put this new project in motion.
Telekinesis has always been one of the most common yet potentially most powerful superhuman ability in both science fiction and fantasy. Generally, telekinesis is the ability to manipulate matter with the mind without any physical contact. Apart from moving objects with the mind, it can be utilized in a wide variety of different ways. As Superboy from DC Comics and Sylar from Heroes demonstrated, telekinesis can be used to give its wielder superhuman strength by channeling psychokinetic energy through their muscles. Telekinesis can also give its user control over their own personal gravitational field, which would give them the ability to fly. One can also coat themselves in an invisible telekinetic force field, which would shield them from most forms of physical assault much like how Superman’s invulnerability operates. Overall, if a character is able to apply telekinesis in all of these diverse applications, they could be a force to be reckoned with.