Part time Earthling
March 27, 2013 7:31 AM Subscribe
According to Lindner, his patient first began experiencing a strange feeling while reading fanciful adventure novels during his youth. "In some weird and inexplicable way I knew that what I was reading was my biography. Nothing in these books was unfamiliar to me: I recognized everything... My everyday life began to recede at this point. In fact, it became fiction—and, as it did, the books became my reality." At the further stage of this "psychosis," the patient "filled in the spaces" between the written stories with "fantasy 'recollections.'"
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-- So you thought otherkin and people believing they're the reincarnation of a fictional character were a modern thing? Well, it turns out science fiction author Cordwainer Smith might've been otherkin
half a century before the term was first coined, if The Atlantic
is to be believed.Cordwainer Smith
was the pseudonym of Paul Linebarger, born in China to parents working for Sun Yat Sen, who would become his godfather. During World War II he would return to China to work as an expert in psychological warfare, turning his experience into bookform after the war.
It's not proven that the patient Lindner talks about was really Cordwainer Smith, but it would fit well with the rest of his life.