“And Then She Found Him…” Algis Budrys, 1957 — A very materialistic, childish woman realizes she has the ability to project her own self-love onto other people, such that they suddenly desire to give her whatever she wants. She does this at a number of clothing stores, and the merchants are up in arms, thinking they’ve been robbed. No one can understand how the thefts are accomplished, since her power leaves her victims with amnesia. The merchants call a meeting and demand an investigation; the protagonist is sent to investigate. However, her narcissism only affects people who are incapable of loving the real her unless she projects on them; he is capable of loving her, so he’s immune and he captures her.
Comments: Read in Infinity One. Detective/cop drama cross-over.
Author: Wikipedia: “Algis Budrys (January 9, 1931 – June 9, 2008) was a Lithuanian-American science fiction author, editor, and critic. He was also known under the pen names ‘Frank Mason,’ ‘Alger Rome,’ ‘John A. Sentry,’ ‘William Scarff,’ and ‘Paul Janvier.'”