Friday, April 15, 2022

Five top books about telepathy

Brendan Bellecourt was raised in the cold climes of rural Wisconsin, where he lives still with his family and trio of cats. His love of science fiction was sparked early by Frank Herbert’s Dune and C. J. Cherryh’s Faded Sun Trilogy. Later influences include Robert Charles Wilson, Ted Chiang, and China Miéville. His favorite stories are those with flawed protagonists who are deeply affected by, and later come to influence, some jaw-dropping, world-altering change.

Bellecourt's debut sci-fi novel is Absynthe.

At he tagged five "books that make interesting use of telepathy," including:
The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu

I love the concept of The Lives of Tao. Roen, an out-of-shape IT dude, discovers he has a stowaway passenger inside his brain: an ancient alien life-form called Tao. After crash-landing on Earth, the alien race known as the Quasings split into two factions: the peace-loving, but under-represented Prophus, and the savage, powerful Genjix. Roen soon finds himself caught up in the Quasings’ endless civil war. With the help of his stowaway, Tao, Roen must train to become the ultimate secret agent before the Genjix defeat the Prophus once and for all.

Is the relationship Roen has with Tao telepathy, strictly speaking? Yeah, I think it is. Even though Tao resides inside of Roen, the two sharing the same physical body, their minds are distinct. More importantly, it’s just plain fun and hilarious watching Roen deal with this ancient creature inside his head, even as he struggles to save himself and the world.
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--Marshal Zeringue