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Judge Anderson Makes an Appearance

The lat­est scenes post­ed online from the film­ing of the new Judge Dredd movie “Dredd” include a shot of Psi-Judge Ander­son (Olivia Thirl­by), along­side the title char­ac­ter, notably as she appeared in the 2000 AD comics with­out the stan­dard judge’s hel­met and what appears to be a Psi-Judge badge. (Its most­ly cov­ered by her arm but its sig­nif­i­cant­ly dif­fer­ent than Judge Dred­d’s badge.)

Psi-Judges were a spe­cial sec­tion of the the Judges in the Judge Dredd com­ic pub­lished in the 2000 AD comics mag­a­zine, indi­vid­u­als with psy­chic tal­ents such as telepa­thy, empa­thy, pre­cog­ni­tion, etc. Psi-Judge Cas­san­dra Ander­son was a pow­er­ful telepath and also pos­sessed a facil­i­ty for pre­cog­ni­tion. She was con­sid­ered one of the strongest telepaths in the sec­tion and was one of the few oth­er judges, includ­ing Psi-Judges, that Judge Dredd him­self trusted.

Although its unknown what use the char­ac­ter’s psy­chic pow­ers will be in the sto­ry­line, it is still a good sign that she appears in the new movie. At least is should be bet­ter than the last attempt.

“Trance” by Kelly Meding

[amtap book:isbn=1451620926]

Fif­teen years ago, Tere­sa “Trance” West was a skilled telepath and a proud mem­ber of the Ranger Corps. But ever since the Rangers were inex­plic­a­bly ren­dered pow­er­less at the cli­max of the dev­as­tat­ing Meta War, she’s bounced from one dead-end job to anoth­er. Now her pow­ers have reap­peared just as mys­te­ri­ous­ly as they van­ished— only they’re com­plete­ly trans­formed and more potent than ever. And they’re threat­en­ing to destroy her.

It was a bat­tle decades in mak­ing: the Ranger Corps, gov­ern­ment spon­sored Metas (peo­ple with super-pow­ers) bat­tling the Banes (any­one else with sim­i­lar pow­ers.) It all came down to a run­ning bat­tle in down­town Man­hat­tan, as the more numer­ous Banes slew the Rangers, reduc­ing their num­bers until only the youngest mem­bers remained, which includ­ed Trance, ‘ten-going-on-eleven’ with the pow­er to hyp­no­tize peo­ple by look­ing into their eyes, which was­n’t much help dur­ing the run­ning fire­fight. It was all reach­ing the end, their com­rades and fam­i­ly down, noth­ing left to pro­tect and defend them.

And then it was over. All the Metas lost their pow­ers at once. The gov­ern­ment stepped in to remove the remain­ing under­aged Rangers and try to return them to soci­ety, leav­ing the Banes to stay on the ruined island. And the world went on with its business.

But it was­n’t over. Some­how, the mys­te­ri­ous process that caused the Metas to lose their pow­ers stopped sev­er­al years lat­er. The bat­tle, left on hold for so many years, was back on again. Their old ene­my, Spec­tre, was already tar­get­ing them before they can re-unite.

Com­men­tary: Alas, the only scene seen with Trance using her hyp­not­ic pow­ers is in the first few pages, so the poten­tial of the book’s title was essen­tial­ly wast­ed, but it still is wor­thy of being an entry in the Col­lec­tion because of the pow­ers of the oppo­nent, Spec­tre, which are tele­path­ic and tele­ki­net­ic con­trol, which he uses to con­trol inno­cent vic­tims and force them to attack the Meta heroes.

His­to­ry: I saw this title at the book­store last week and felt tempt­ed to get it, if only for the pos­si­bil­i­ty that the ‘trance’ as described involved some form of hyp­not­ic con­trol. I was not dis­ap­point­ed when I dis­cov­ered this line with­in the first few pages:

My abil­i­ty to hyp­no­tize peo­ple and alter their thoughts worked only if I looked them in the eye.

There­fore I was dis­ap­point­ed when at the end of the first chap­ter, every one of the Metas lost their pow­ers, and lat­er, when they got them back, Trance got her grand­moth­er’s ener­gy con­trol pow­ers instead. Such a waste …

And I did have my doubts about the book, because it had the (exter­nal) hall­marks of being part of the ‘para­nor­mal romance’ genre, but I found that this was­n’t the case. There is a strong roman­tic ele­ment to it, but its not as strong as the genre I men­tioned would indi­cate. For my part, I see the ‘para­nor­mal romance’ genre con­sist­ing of hot chicks with para­nor­mal back­grounds (vam­pires, demons, were­wolves, etc.) involved equal­ly with hot&heavy sex and vio­lence. This was­n’t the case here, as the sex was pret­ty non-exis­tent and the romance angle as a ratio­nal part of the char­ac­ter development.

Rec­om­men­da­tion: I can’t real­ly rec­om­mend it for the hyp­not­ic angle but it was a fair­ly good read.

Edmund Shaftesbury

Edmund Shaftes­bury was the pseu­do­nym of Web­ster Edger­ly (1852–1926). Edger­ly was a pro­lif­ic writer on a vari­ety of sub­jects, pre­dom­i­nant­ly self-improve­ment (not lim­it­ed to per­son­al mag­net­ism) and health. The fol­low­ing descrip­tion is from Alfred Arm­strong’s web site on Web­ster Edger­ly.

Albert Web­ster Edger­ly was a self-help guru, a crank and a racist big­ot. Pos­sessed of seem­ing­ly bound­less ener­gy, from his twen­ties until his death he wrote and pub­lished many books and found­ed a series of orga­ni­za­tions ded­i­cat­ed to health and self-improve­ment, main­ly under his pseu­do­nym “Edmund (or Edmonde) Shaftes­bury”. As the beget­ter of the “Ral­ston Health Club” he also used the name “Dr Everett Ralston”. 

In about 1900, William Dan­forth invit­ed “Dr Ral­ston” to par­tic­i­pate in his Puri­na Whole­food Com­pa­ny. At that time Edger­ly’s Health Club had a size­able fol­low­ing [accord­ing to this, over 800,000] and he was not­ed for his pro­nounce­ments on diet, which were com­pat­i­ble with Dan­forth’s own phi­los­o­phy. The com­pa­ny took a new name, Ral­ston Puri­na, under which it still trad­ed until rel­a­tive­ly recent­ly, when it was acquired by Nestlé. 

Edger­ly attempt­ed in 1905 to put his utopi­an ideas into prac­tice when he found­ed a com­mu­ni­ty of Ral­stonites at “Ral­ston Heights”. As is ever the case with such endeav­ors, it was not a success. 

Edger­ly also cre­at­ed “Ral­ston­ism”, a “minor social move­ment” based on his writ­ings, all of which was to enable the fol­low­er the abil­i­ty to devel­op “per­son­al mag­net­ism” and the pow­er over the thoughts of oth­ers, among oth­er ben­e­fits. To quote Edgerly: 

“We believe that Ral­ston­ism, since it is becom­ing uni­ver­sal, is as nec­es­sary as food, light or water. This move­ment is the grand­est, noblest, and already the most far-reach­ing pow­er that has orig­i­nat­ed in the present age. 

“Ral­ston­ism is the grand­est move­ment that man is capa­ble of establishing”. 

Fol­low­ers were encour­aged to pur­chase the Ral­ston­ism books, among oth­er ways to progress in the hier­ar­chy of the movement. 

Ral­stonites were to fol­low strict dietary guide­lines. … Cor­rect diet and prop­er phys­i­cal exer­cise would help read­er attain “per­son­al mag­net­ism”, which would give them con­trol over the thoughts of oth­ers. Much of the phys­i­cal regime demand­ed mov­ing in grace­ful curves and arcs and walk­ing exclu­sive­ly on the balls of one’s feet. Because sud­den starts and stops and sharp angu­lar move­ments caused a “leak­age of vital force”, Ral­stonites were to even pick mar­bles in con­tin­u­ous cir­cles. There was a prop­er way to bathe (dry bath), ges­ture, sit, stand, sleep, talk and have sex. Edger­ly claimed a sci­en­tif­ic basis for all this. 

To that end, he start­ed Ral­son Heights in New Jer­sey with the intent of cre­at­ing a com­mu­ni­ty of Ral­sonites. Unfor­tu­nate­ly the com­mu­ni­ty nev­er mate­ri­al­ized before his death and after­ward much of the ter­ri­to­ry was sold off. 

Among the rel­e­vant books are: 

“Instantaneous Personal Magnetism” (1926)

“The Magnetism Books”

  1. “Advanced Mag­net­ism” (?)
    Con­trol of Oth­ers Through the Feelings 
  2. “Men­tal Mag­net­ism” (1934)
    Mas­tery in All the Con­flicts of Life
    A Study of the Sev­en Realms of Mind and Mas­tery in the Con­flicts of Life 
  3. “Sex Mag­net­ism” (1924)
    Pri­vate Lessons in the Cul­ti­va­tion of Mag­net­ism of the Sexes
    Teach­ing the Devel­op­ment and Won­der­ful Enlarge­ment of those Pow­ers and Influ­ences That Nature has Invent­ed to Aid Every Human Life
    A review of this book can be found here.
  4. “Oper­a­tions of the Oth­er Mind” (1934)
    Gigan­tic Pow­ers of the Human Brain
    Mak­ing Known the Unseen Pow­ers of the Uni­verse in Their Con­trol Over Human Life 
  5. “Per­son­al Mag­net­ism” (1924)
    This book does not con­tain chap­ters; instead, it con­tains a series of steps required to devel­op the “per­son­al mag­net­ism” of the title.
    A review of this book can be found here.
  6. “Uni­ver­sal Mag­net­ism — Vol­ume I” (?)
  7. “Uni­ver­sal Mag­net­ism — Vol­ume II” (?)
    Secret Lessons in Con­trol of Self and Others 

“The College of Mental Studies”

  1. “Future See­ing and Des­tiny” (?)
    800 lessons in philosophy. 
  2. “The Great Psy­chic” (?)
    The Mas­ter Mind of the Universe 
  3. “Life Elec­tric­i­ty” (?)
    Cre­ation of Extra-ordi­nary Health-Vitality 
  4. “Thought Trans­fer­ence” (?)
    “Or The Radio-Activ­i­ty of the Human Mind”
    “Based on the New­ly Dis­cov­ered Laws of RADIO-Com­mu­nic­tion Between BRAIN and BRAIN”
    Uses of Telepa­thy, Mind and Thought 
  5. “Goal of Cre­ation” (?)
    The Tem­ple of Great Achievements 
  6. “Your­self Behind Closed Doors” (?)
    The Sub­lim­ist Study of Self 

And even though I have a num­ber of these books, many in fine print­ing, I haven’t real­ly been able to read them. 

Many of his books remain in print to this day. A com­plete list­ing of all works by this author is found here.

Oth­er References:

The “Deryni” stories by Katherine Kurtz

They have men­tal and phys­i­cal pow­ers beyond the human norm: they can entrance with a glance, cre­ate light, heal wounds, and even tele­port long distances. 

They are mutants. They live among nor­mal humans, dis­tin­guished only by their pow­ers, oth­er­wise undis­tin­guish­able from any one else, dis­trust­ed and even hat­ed by both the gen­er­al pop­u­lace and peo­ple in author­i­ty because of their gifts. Some try to use their gifts for good, oth­ers for evil: some just try to exist. 

But they’re not the X‑Men and they’re not super­heroes: they’re the Deryni, a fan­ta­sy race and the sub­ject of sev­er­al books and short sto­ries by author Kather­ine Kurtz.

⇒ Con­tin­ue read­ing “The “Deryni” sto­ries by Kather­ine Kurtz”

“A Midsummer’s Nightmare” — Justice League

[amtap book:isbn=156389338X]

All across the world, peo­ple are devel­op­ing super-pow­ers, and the estab­lished super-pow­ered beings are nowhere to be found. Called “sparks” and the phe­nom­e­non “spark­ing”, it is turn­ing the world into a super bat­tle­ground as gangs of sparks bat­tle for turf. Its a dream of some, of hav­ing super-pow­ers, that is turn­ing into a night­mare for the entire world.

⇒ Con­tin­ue read­ing ““A Midsummer’s Night­mare” — Jus­tice League”

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