Post by James Nicoll
Get Out of My Head: SFF Stories About Sharing Brain-Space With Somebody Else
Ralf Marten belongs to _Perry Rhodan_'s mutant corps. Marten's mind
can lock in on another beings' visual and aural faculties. Unbeknownst
to his host, Marten can see out of his host's eyes and hear out of his
_The Devil in Crystal_ (Marlow, 1944) has James "Tidders"
Tidburnholme go to bed one war torn London night in 1943 only to awaken
on June 19 1922 back in his June 19 1922 residence with his younger
body. For reasons unknown, Tidders' 1943 mind traveled back in time to
its earlier body and circumstances.
Although Tidders' mental occupation of his former self somewhat
resembles that of Pard in _Healer_, Tidders' 1922 mind is completely
suppressed by his 1943 mind. Despite the suppression, Tidders' 1922 body
retains a historical motor memory inertia that tends to do things the
same way that it did them the first time around. It resists any change,
however slight. At least at first, Tidders' 1943 mind struggles mightily
in vain to alter even a single syllable that was originally uttered back
in 1922. At first, his 1943 mind's simply along for the ride.
"12:01 PM" (Lupoff) and later, _Replay_ (Grimwood), sort of share
the same vibe as _The Devil in Crystal_, except in these two stories the
protagonists' minds repeatedly travel back to their younger bodies over
and over again. Also, after their minds travel back to the past their
time traveling minds enjoy complete freedom to do things differently
without any historic motor memory inertia to tug them back into the