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The Penal Cluster

Randall Garrett

Book Overview: 

What do you do with telepaths? Chain them to an asteroid of course and just leave them there ..... but why? Wait a minute ... did I just say that the punishment for being a telepath in the future earth was to be chained to an asteroid 50 million miles from earth and then leave them there, comatose, to spin forever in their lonely orbits? Well, yes, that is what earth's draconian solution was to the sudden emergence of telepath ability. The world wide psychodeviant police had the job of tracking down these terrible deviants and then sending them into space immediately. But are all telepaths evil? Could one of these psychodeviant police be secret telepath himself? Listen to this great story and find out why earth felt so terrified of telepahts

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The trial was a farce from beginning to end; each witness gave his evidence from the stand, and then Donnely took control of their minds and made them refute every bit of it, publicly and tearfully apologizing to the "wonderful Mr. Donnely" for saying such unkind things about him.

The judge and the jury knew something funny was going on, but they had no evidence, one way or another. The case, even at that point, might have ended with an acquittal or a hung jury, but Donnely wasn't through using his blackjack.

He took over the mind of the foreman of the jury. The foreman claimed later that the jury had decided that they could reach no decision. Other jurors claimed that they had decided Donnely was guilty, but that was probably an ex post facto switch. It didn't matter, anyway; when the foreman came out, he pronounced Donnely innocent. That should have ended it.

The other jurors began to protest, but by that time, Donnely had. . . Read More