“Thought Control,” Herbert W. Franke, 1958 (?) – (short short) (Original title: “Gedankenkontrolle“) A human is imprisoned in a cage by an alien machine which can’t distinguish between him and his gear. He escapes by suppressing his “soul” and acting solely through his “body.”
Comments: Read in The Black Mirror. See the entry on German science fiction at A Virtual Introduction to SF: Online Toolkit for the Teaching of SF. Also see the review of The Black Mirror at Strange Horizons.
Author: Wikipedia: “Herbert W. Franke (born 14 May 1927 in Vienna) is an Austrian scientist and writer. He is considered one of the most important science fiction authors in the German language. He is also active in the fields of future research, speleology as well as computer graphics and digital art.”