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Pegasus in Flight [Paperback]

Anne McCaffrey
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Nov. 1 1991
As director of the Jerhattan Parapsychic Center, telepath Rhyssa Owen coordinated the job assignments for psychically gifted Talents. And though she had her hands full dealing with the unreasonable demand for kinetics to work on the space platform that would be humankind's stepping-stone to the stars, she was always ready to welcome new Talents to the Center.

Feisty and streetwise, twelve-year-old Tirla used her extraordinary knack for languages to eke out a living in the Linear developments, where the poor struggled to make ends meet and children were conscripted or sold into menial work programs. Young Peter, paralyzed in a freak accident, hoped someday to get into space where zero gravity would enable him to function more easily. Both desperately needed help only other Talents could provide.

With the appearance in her life of one extraordinary man with no measurable Talent at all, Rhyssa suddenly found herself questioning everything she thought she knew about her people. And when two Talented children were discovered to have some very unusual -- and unexpected -- abilities, she realized that she would have to reassess the potential of all Talentkind...


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McCaffrey continues to develop her future world in which psionic Talents, once feared and despised, are by now necessary to the comfort and conduct of society. Following the events in To Ride, Pegasus and set a generation or so before The Rowan , this era finds mankind not yet having settled planets outside the solar system. Even with officially mandated birth control, the world teems with too many people. Essential to the construction of a space station being built to serve as springboard to the stars are the services of the Talents--particularly the telekinetics, who can move objects by mental power. Telepath Rhyssa Owen, a top official of the Center for Parapsychic Talents, must contend with the station's construction manager, who treats Talents brutally and otherwise discourages them from working for her. Meanwhile two youngsters are found to be unusually Talented: Peter Reidinger overcomes paralysis to develop the first gestalt with electrical generators (this becomes the basis for future space travel), while Tirlap, an illegal child from the vertical slums, facilitates communication among a wide variety of cultures. Meanwhile, kidnappers prey on children for pederastic pursuits and for spare parts. McCaffrey's world of the Talented is as vivid as that of Pern and its dragons. Major ad/promo.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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YA-- This book is set shortly after To Ride Pegasus (Ballantine, 1986) and centuries before The Rowan (Putnam, 1990). Rhyssa Owen, telepathic granddaughter of Daffyd op Owen, is now director of the Center for Parapsychic Talents, a nonprofit organization that works for the betterment of humanity by predicting disasters, controlling crime, locating missing persons or things , and manipulating material , from heavy equipment to the microscopic. The Center becomes involved with a ruthless head of construction who uses and abuses these talents in the dangerous task of building the first space platform. Tirla, 12, and adolescent Peter become involved in the growing crisis. McCaffrey continues her fascinating parapsychic chronicle in this fast-paced, easy read, and readers are sure to care about her multidimensional, believable characters.
-John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first Pegasus Aug. 15 2001
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With the end of the second book I was disappointed that it had ended. At fisrt I was not overly thrilled that the main characters from "To Ride Pegasus" were used, but by the middle I was truly enjoying these new characters. I was overly joyed when Doreta returned but as an older woman giving some link between the first two novels. When I picked up the third novel I was pleased that the characters from this book continue on. I still wonder at the limit of Peter's Talent, and besides her natural Talent for languages Tirla has some other Talents that are still hidden. The topic of child theft and their use as a labour force on farms, in mines, and as prostitutes is somthing most of use may not think about but occurs all time in all countries, in one form or another. Yet the story also shows us that children can have the greatest impact on use personally and on society if they are given a chance to succeed. With hints from other reviewers that there is a link between this an the Rowan series I may have to start that one soon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A cinemagraphic style of writing - hard to put down April 21 1999
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This was my first encounter with the work of Anne McAffery and initailly I found the plot confusing and hard to follow - particularly as the environment, characters and even the language were described but not explained. After a short while however, the pieces began to fit together and the world of the Talants started to take shape so that by the end of chapter 2 I was spellbound, caught up in the high tension and pacy plot. For me reading the book was like watching a movie. I put this down to the effective use of 3 writing techniques. First the extensive use of dialogue - either in the form of thought or words gave the impression that I was observing rather than being told throught narrative what was going on between the characters. Second the use of "sets" which drew largely on the familiar but with plausible futuristic twists enabled the writer to create a new world without the need to give lengthy descriptions. Lastly the use of short chapters which cut into each other like scenes, heightened the whole cinema feel to this book, particularly toward the end of the book when the plot began to move more quickly towards its final climax. I will definately read more of her works.
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For those who have read To Ride Pegasus and the Talent series, Pegasus in Flight holds quite a few familiar surprises.
One curious oddity is the titling of the two Pegasus books. Oddly enough, Pegasus In Flight was published before To Ride Pegasus. Even more interesting are the characters. It is recommended that you don't read the two books in order of publishing-instead, start on To Ride Pegasus and then move on to this also fine novel.
The most interesting features of this novel are the appearances of familiar characters from other Talent Series books or their descendants or ancestors. We see Sascha Roznine, undoubtedly a relative of Vascha Roznine in TRP; we see Dorotea Horvarth and her son Miklos; Rhyssa Owen is undoubtedly the daughter of Daffy op Owen; and perhaps most heartening of all, we see the first Peter Reidinger. Later, in the Talent books, his descendant would become one of the best and most explosive personalities. This all is very good, as it binds the novel to others in the series.

Pegasus in Flight takes place one generation after To Ride Pegasus and centuries before the Rowan books. A call for Talents to work on the world-wide project of Padrugoi, which would be the stepping stone of mankind to the heavens, is led by the brutal Russian engineer Ludmilla Ivanova Barchenka, who will stop at nothing to strip Earth of its Talents. In the midst of this gigantic, frenetic circus of a project lies foul play-Rhyssa, her future love interest, and others uncover terrifying statistics of some "accidents" that have been occuring on Padrugoi.

In the meantime, Tirla is a scruffy girl living in the dark Linears of Jerhattan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The stuff of legends Sept. 16 2000
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This, the second book in the Pegasus series, which predates (in timeline) the Rowan and its successors, is a good book an many levels. As pure, nail-biting adventure it rates highly in any genre. Add Anne McCaffrey's unique blend of the personal elements and the SF/Fantasy which she does so well and you get a real winner. It is, as the other reviewers here point out, about the "early history" of the Talented (i.e. people with telekinetic, telepathic and other realted abilities). I must say I found the first book in the series a little disappointing - I think because it was rather disjointed. However this one is much better and really whets one's appetite for more. Pegaus in Space comes next...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read!! Makes you think of your own Talents. Feb. 17 1999
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Pegasus In Flight does not focus on too many details about the theories behind paranormal activities like telepathy, but it paints a wonderful and convincing story about possibilities, with a subtle touch on basic human qualities such as kindness, commitment and fighting for what's right.
This book also empowers the reader to think of his own special talents and what contribution he makes with his own unigue gifts. It is really a wonderful blend of science fiction and the basic realities of life, that encourages the reader to fantisize about the possibilities. Exactly how all good science fiction should be!
Juliet Downes
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great reading material
Published 19 days ago by 2011cardar
5.0 out of 5 stars Book 2 in the Pegasus series
Anne McCaffrey is the greatest. This book continues the story of psychically Talented individuals in the near future. The characters are getting filled out more in this book. Read more
Published on May 17 2004 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy successor to To Ride Pegasus
This one is even better than the first Pagasus book - tighter writing, characters drawn with more assurance, the implications of life in a society where some have Talents more... Read more
Published on July 19 2001 by "byrkit"
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't realize this was the 2nd book in series
What a wonderful book leading into the Rowan series! After being disappointed with the Tower and the Hive, I was leary of going back to the beginning, but now I am amazed that I... Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2000 by orbops
5.0 out of 5 stars Good supplement to the Rowan series
I like all McCaffrey's Talent series,and this one is quite good too,though the Rowan series is better.Still,I like reading the Pegasus books. Read more
Published on Aug. 12 2000 by "light_catcher"
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my fave McCaffery books :0)
This is one of the few books by Anne McCaffery outside of the Pern series that I've read, and I like it the best. My fave character is Tirla, naturally. Read more
Published on May 31 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars ....A richly embroidered novel set in a realistic world
I have read Pegasus In Flight twice and find it very interesting. The book's characters each have distinct personality which shows in their words and actions. Read more
Published on Nov. 14 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars What to read when you have the chicken pox.
My sister bought me Pegasus in Flight when I was 16 and had the chicken pox. I'm 22 now and just love the book dearly. Read more
Published on Aug. 26 1998 by KieRae
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and fantastic...
I borrowed this book from my school library, and it was interesting and fascinating. Enough so that I wanted to search for other books in this series! Read more
Published on April 23 1998
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