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"...there's a great affinity between writing poetry and SF."
- Dan Simmons

Hypno-Ligation  
  A means of psychological control over an individual.  

"... it's obvious we must have a hold on him. I'll plant deep in his deepest self the necessary prana-bindu phrases to bend him."

"We'll leave as soon as possible--as soon as you're sure," he said.

She shuddered. "By all means. I should not want to bear a child in this terrible place..."

"Hypno-ligation of that Feyd-Rautha's psyche and his child in my womb--then we go."

"That uncle," he said. "Have you ever seen such distortion?"

"He's pretty fierce," she said, "but the nephew could well grow to be worse."

From Dune, by Frank Herbert.
Published by Putnam in 1965
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Ligation refers to a surgical procedure in which a blood vessel or other duct or tube in the body is closed off by means of a ligature or clip.

Compare to hypomatrin from The Confession of Dr. DeKalb (1939) by Stanton Coblentz and Dominator from The End of the Line (1951) by James Schmitz. See also the hypnotic injunction from Methuselah's Children (1941) by Robert Heinlein and the sympathetic block from The Stars My Destination (1957) by Alfred Bester.

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