Revealing the Inner Eye: Psychics in Fiction

by Jocelyn

Having psychic powers would be so cool! Doesn’t matter what kind of psychic powers – telepathy, telekinesis, empathy, foretelling the future, seeing the dead, having the ability to heal – to me, they’re all amazing. My fascination with these mental abilities began in childhood, so it’s no surprise that I’m always on the lookout for books featuring psychic characters.

When I was in sixth grade I discovered the Darkover series by Marion Zimmer Bradley. While Bradley’s more famous for the Mists of Avalon (about the women of King Arthur’s court), I devoured this series about a society where telepaths rule. Start with Darkover Landfall or The Heritage of Hastur. Then I found the futuristic science fantasy Tower and Hive series, where interstellar travel depends on the powerful psychics of the Federal Telepath & Teleport network. Each novel follows these psychics as they work and live, and repel an alien invasion. Start this series with The Rowan.

More recently, I found the Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh. This urban fantasy/paranormal romance series introduces three races – humans, changelings (shapeshifters), and Psy (a race with immense mental abilities). The series opens as the Psy are 100 years into conditioning all emotion out of their children. They believe they rule the world, but the changelings and humans have other ideas. Begin with Slave to Sensation.

Cozy mystery series like the Psychic Eye series and Harper Connelly mysteries are also great fun. Abby Cooper from the Psychic Eye series is a psychic intuitive and Harper Connelly can find dead bodies, and see how they died. Of course they use their powers to find clues and solve the mysteries they find themselves involved in.

And a series I can’t help but mention, since it’s one of my all-time favorites – the Bishop Special Crimes Unit series. These romantic suspense novels feature FBI agents with psychic powers. The agents use their abilities as well as their investigative skills to solve crimes, all while falling in love. (Sidenote: it’s fun to see what relationship issues you might have should you fall in love with a psychic.) Start with Stealing Shadows.

Now that I’ve shared some of my suggestions for novels with psychic characters, it’s your turn. Do you have any recommendations?

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One response to “Revealing the Inner Eye: Psychics in Fiction”

  1. Kate Poss says:

    Just my style. Thanks, Jocelyn, for sharing this genre.

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