a being with extraordinary (usu. psychic) powers as compared to other members of their kind
The great majority of these very rare supernormals, whom John sometimes called ‘wide-awakes’, are either so delicate physically or so unbalanced mentally that they leave no considerable mark on the world. Ibid. xviii. 120 The programme was determined by his telepathic researches. Distance, apparently, made no difference to the ease with which he could pick up the psychic processes of other paranormals.
The supernormals ‘improved the product’ at a greater speed than the subnormals degraded it, but in smaller quantity because elaborate training of their children was practiced on a custom-made basis.
If ESP ever really becomes fact, it may be necessary to mount a campaign: ‘ESP for Supernormals Only’.
Snyder spins out an SF scenario in which ‘supernormals’ enhanced with neural prosthetics ‘operate computers, typewriters, or turn on a television set just by using their brains’.
any evidence 1936
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