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* While they normally use navigation computers or astromech droids to calculate safe hyperspace jumps, more than one ''Franchise/StarWars'' novel has had [[PsychicPowers Force-users]] making a BlindJump due to extenuating circumstances and using the Force to navigate by instinct instead of the usual calculations. ''Literature/ThrawnAlliance'' mentions [[spoiler:this is standard practice for capital ships of the Chiss ascendancy; the navigators are Force-sensitive Chiss children, who lose their Force sensitivity as they grow up]].

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* While they normally use navigation computers or astromech droids to calculate safe hyperspace jumps, more than one ''Franchise/StarWars'' novel has had [[PsychicPowers Force-users]] making a BlindJump due to extenuating circumstances and using the Force to navigate by instinct instead of the usual calculations. ''Literature/ThrawnAlliance'' ''Literature/ThrawnAlliances'' mentions [[spoiler:this is standard practice for capital ships of the Chiss ascendancy; the navigators are Force-sensitive Chiss children, who lose their Force sensitivity as they grow up]].


* While they normally use navigation computers or astromech droids to calculate safe hyperspace jumps, more than one ''Franchise/StarWars'' novel has had [[PsychicPowers Force-users]] making a BlindJump due to extenuating circumstances and using the Force to navigate by instinct instead of the usual calculations.

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* While they normally use navigation computers or astromech droids to calculate safe hyperspace jumps, more than one ''Franchise/StarWars'' novel has had [[PsychicPowers Force-users]] making a BlindJump due to extenuating circumstances and using the Force to navigate by instinct instead of the usual calculations. ''Literature/ThrawnAlliance'' mentions [[spoiler:this is standard practice for capital ships of the Chiss ascendancy; the navigators are Force-sensitive Chiss children, who lose their Force sensitivity as they grow up]].


See also TheNavigator for the more mundane version. Compare CyborgHelmsman, who does the same job with cybernetic augmentations.''Needing'' one of these but not ''having'' one may lead to a BlindJump.

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See also TheNavigator for the more mundane version. Compare CyborgHelmsman, who does the same job with cybernetic augmentations. ''Needing'' one of these but not ''having'' one may lead to a BlindJump.

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* Not technically ''pilots'', but "pinlighters" in Creator/CordwainerSmith's "The Game of Rat and Dragon" are psychics who ... with the help of their much faster [[spoiler: psychic cats]] who work with them as Partners ... defend spaceships from strange space creatures called "Dragons".

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Oftentimes when FasterThanLightTravel exists, not just any navigator will do. It takes a special individual to guide a ship through FTL travel, in some cases that means having the right kind of PsychicPowers. It might be that [[{{Seers}} precognition]] is necessary to detect obstacles before colliding with them, or hyperspace is opaque to people without the right senses. Maybe HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace and psychics are needed to repel demons.

Whatever the case this trope allows for a more narratively interesting FTL experience by injecting a note of [[RuleOfDrama human drama]] into the whole process. Simple automatic systems doing all the heavy work for our spacefaring heroes is [[BoringButPractical functional but not very exciting]]. Having the fate of the ship and everyone aboard in the hands of a single talented individual is ''much'' better at [[AnthropicPrinciple enabling interesting story situations]].

See also TheNavigator for the more mundane version. Compare CyborgHelmsman, who does the same job with cybernetic augmentations.''Needing'' one of these but not ''having'' one may lead to a BlindJump.
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* In ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' the Spacing Guild's Navigators immerse themselves in concentrated [[SpiceOfLife spice]] gas to give themselves limited prescience. Without them ships engaging in space folding have a one in ten chance of disappearing without a trace.
* In Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' universe most Kzinti can't see hyperspace, but instead of using mass indicators like humans they have the few individuals who can see it fly hyper-capable ships. Unlike Kzin telepaths they're rather well-respected, largely because the Patriarch was so desperate to have hyperdrive that he elevated most who could see hyperspace to nobility and bought their female relatives for his harem.
* Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's ''Literature/TowerAndTheHive'' (AKA ''The Rowan'') series. In an advanced interstellar society, psychics with telekinetic powers are used to teleport starships from one solar system to another.
* In Creator/DavidBrin's ''Literature/{{Uplift}}'' series the Tandu designed one of their Client races, the Episiarchs, to [[RealityWarper warp reality]] for a method of FTL that is much faster than the more common hyperdrives and probability drives, but very dangerous.
* In ''The Galaxy Primes'' by Creator/EEDocSmith, an experimental starship is built based in psionic teleportation. One had to be a high-level psion to even activate the drive, and failure to visualize one's destination resulted in RandomTeleportation.
* For a time in the backstory of Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''The Worthing Saga'', all starship pilots had the Swipe (telepathy), not because it was necessary to navigate, but because telepathy is such an advantage in ship-to-ship combat that a pilot without the Swipe would be easy pickings for military enemies or SpacePirates whose pilots did. Then all the Swipe pilots got together to try to force an end to an interstellar war and the non-Swipe humans [[FantasticRacism got paranoid about the Swipes taking over]] and wiped them out.
* FasterThanLightTravel in ''Literature/TheSiranthaJaxSeries'' relies on jumpers, people with a gene that allows them to perceive beacons placed in grimspace by a {{Precursor}} race. A ship that enters grimspace without a jumper will inevitably be lost. Trouble is, grimspace progressively eats jumpers' brains, which eventually causes them to die while jumping (they essentially leave their mind behind in grimspace). It's called Navigator Burnout Syndrome.
* While they normally use navigation computers or astromech droids to calculate safe hyperspace jumps, more than one ''Franchise/StarWars'' novel has had [[PsychicPowers Force-users]] making a BlindJump due to extenuating circumstances and using the Force to navigate by instinct instead of the usual calculations.
* Creator/BrandonSanderson's novella ''Defending Elysium'' has a subplot about humanity's lack of FTL travel and alien races refusing to give it to them until they prove themselves responsible enough to handle it. Since the story revolves around a powerful human [[PsychicPowers cytonics]] user, it seems likely that this trope is in effect. [[spoiler:In actuality, the trope is inverted: the calculations are easily automated, but a cytonic user is required to actually power the jump. In other words, a computer can do the FTL navigation, but a superhuman individual is required to act as the FTL ''drive'']].
** His later work, the novel ''Literature/{{Skyward}}'', uses the same system, [[spoiler:as it's a StealthSequel set hundreds of years later in the same universe]].
* ''Literature/TheStarsAreColdToys'', where baseline humans are the only ones able to pilot FTL ships despite the setting being full of superhuman aliens. All other species must be frozen solid for FTL jumps, lest they die instantly or go incurably insane. Rather than this making humanity a galactic superpower, however, the result is that humanity and Earth are quickly pigeonholed by more powerful species into the role of the [[PlanetOfHats galactic taxi drivers]].
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* Downplayed in ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'': Organic pilots are needed to navigate slipstream. A ship's AI can't make the intuitive leaps that a living brain can, which is necessary to navigate slipstream.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story [[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E5WarriorsGate "Warriors' Gate"]], the only way [known to the culture featured in the story] to navigate in trackless and non-linear hyperspace is to have a navigator with precognitive powers who can foresee what path the ship needs to take to arrive safely.
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* Navigators in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' are mutants with a third eye that can perceive the Warp without going mad(der), and especially the Astronomicon beacon powered by the Emperor.
* In ''TabletopGame/MyriadSong'' FTL navigation is done by [[MagicMusic Xenharmonically sensitive]] "Conductors" who can sense the "magh signal" broadcast throughout the universe. One of the Gift prerequisites is an "unusual appearance" to indicate [[AbusivePrecursors Syndic]] genetic modification or cybernetics. And they can take additional Gifts to teleport short distances without a ship.
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' it's possible to research "Psi Jump Drives" that draw upon the crew's psionic energies to jump a ship vast distances instantaneously. The strategic resource Zro dust enhances psi ability and improves conventional FTL speed.
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* ''Webcomic/{{Drive}}'': Skitter's species has a gravity-sensing organ that allows him to sense upcoming debris while piloting a ship with ring drive. It also makes him telepathic, somehow.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', after the rebellion fails the Psiioniic is forcibly grafted to the empress' flagship and is made to power it with his telekinetic powers, allowing her the pleasure of being the first of the invasion force to reach any hapless planet her army encounters.
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