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TV Tropes Monday: Humans Are Psychic in the Future

“Man, I have this cool sci-fi setting with spaceships, laser swords, pirates, zappy ray guns, and a gal that can hurl fireballs.”


“Yeah, fireballs. She controls fire and stuff….”

“But this is science fiction, not fantasy. She sounds like a wizard.”

“She is not.”

“Kinda is.”

“She is a pyromancer.”

“Still sounds like magic.”

“Not if she is a psychic.”


So you want to put some magic in your sci-fi, eh? I mean you could, that is what science fantasy is all about it. But you want it to sound like it is something else, something sci-fi-ish maybe? Then say that Humans Are Psychic in the Future. You can throw in a few pseudo-scientific explanations such as:

  • Humans are evolving into a new species and that leads to psionic potential.
  • Some humans always had the ability, but we lacked the technology to detect it.
  • Breakthroughs in genetic engineering or cybernetics have led to the creation of psionics.
  • Exposure to strange materials, new environments, or even extra-dimensional spaces transformed humans into psychics.

Whatever explanation you come up with will lead to the introduction of ma-, I mean, psionics into your world. After that, it is entirely up to you.

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