A Cry for a Hero
An act of carelessness on a camping trip causes things to go horribly wrong for Jack Ramsey. When a scavenging grizzly rips apart his camp, Jack plays dead to survive, and this triggers an out-of-body experience. Test-flighting his soul body, he discovers fantastic powers, then stumbles upon a terrorist's plot to destroy Boston, the Cradle of Democracy. Jack ignores the odds and answers the call by transforming into the superhero Ram, then uses his powers to fight the terrorists. Fiction's first out-of-body superhero, written before 9/11.