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Anne McCaffrey is best known for The Dragonriders of Pern, but her loose Talents series about superpsychics has been running almost as long. It began with the near-future To Ride Pegasus, continuing a couple of generations later in Pegasus in Flight. Book 2 introduced a crowd of new characters, notably the paralyzed boy Peter whose telekinetic talent can move not only his body without help from his ruined nervous system, but--with practice--even lift payloads into orbit.
Pegasus in Space follows directly, with mayhem and mutiny, at the opening of a manned space station, which Peter and talented friends helped build. Further hassles ensue during his training for space haulage work: obstructive bureaucrats, crooked suppliers, murder attempts, and skillful sabotage. McCaffrey specializes in feel-good adventure SF, full of romance, warm friendships, and hearty meals. Somehow her villains never quite convince, though, and their evil deeds are so rapidly annulled that the story rarely builds up much suspense. Meanwhile, the orphan girl Amiriyah who's adopted into Peter's family has a mysterious, subtle talent of her own, one that we soon guess will change his life. Our young hero's ambitions foreshadow later far-future books in the series (beginning with The Rowan) in which "kinetics" hurl cargo across huge interstellar gulfs. While most people think his talent needs careful conservation, Peter has already teleported supplies to the moon and has secret plans for Mars, the asteroids, and the moons of Jupiter. It all makes for an agreeable, lightweight read. --David Langford, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Publishers Weekly
The next in McCaffrey's popular Saga of the Talents series (Pegasus in Flight, To Ride Pegasus), this novel follows the adventures of a group of psychically gifted scientists who nobly improve Earth's future by making space exploration and colonization possible. Paralyzed adolescent Peter Reidinger has learned how to move himself and some amazingly heavy objects psychokinetically through space. Peter lives with the grandmotherly Rhyssa, who protects him and nurtures the growth of his psychic talents. Rhyssa also takes in prepubescent Amariyah, an orphaned girl who has a talent for plants and healing. When a group of psychically gifted people sneak onto the corruptly run Padrugoi Space Station during its inauguration, it is young Peter who saves the day by using his burgeoning psychic abilities to vanquish the comically evil Space Station Construction Manager Ludmilla Barchenka as she attempts a coup. This impresses Admiral Dirk Coetzer, whose life is saved by Peter's quick thinking. The admiral encourages Peter to consider a career in space, and he happily complies. Treachery, assassination attempts and medical disasters ensue, but the novel's primary focus is on McCaffrey's vision of science and psychic abilities meshing so that humanity can inherit the stars. Cheerful, upbeat and chock-full of fun facts on space stations and space exploration, the novel features cartoon villains and nobly one-dimensional protagonists, making the space station and colonies McCaffrey's real heroes--for they show actual growth and development as her vision of the future progresses. (Apr.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
The last book in the Pegasus series Pegasus in Space which bridges the Pegasus series and the Rowan series is my least favorite of the Pegasus books.
The story centers around the character of Peter Reidinger, the most powerful Telekinetic that Earth has produced. I was very dissapointed in the book because it seemed to forget about the characters and got heavy into the Sci-Fi Tech stuff. Anne McCaffrey spent too much of the book detailing space suits and other technical stuff, which was rather boring and monotonous to read.
In the previous book , Pegasus in Flight, the book focused on Peter Reidinger, Tirla, and Rhyssa Owen. In this book the character of Tirla appears briefly in the beginning and then is only mentioned by other characters afterward. Rhyssa Owen fares little better as her character whines about protecting Peter while he is in space. A new character introduced in the book is Amareeya and her only purpose in the book is to further Peter's plot. Amareeya, who is obsessed with gardening and plants, drones on about her garden mentioning the planets using there latin names. One thing that puzzled me about this character was that she seemed quite aware of her talent and how to use it and yet the other characters seemed oblivious to this. No one talked to Amareeya about her Talent or about Talent in general.
And this is what was wrong with the book, the characters never seemed to talk to each other about their lives or emotions. It would have been nice for the author to focus on Tirla's life rather than every once and awhile adding a throwaway line about her engagement, marriage, etc. Ms. McCaffrey seemed to forget her characters in favor of endless Sci-Fi Tech talk. If you are buying this book expecting to spend some time with the characters then you will be dissapointed.
My recomendation is that if you are interested in reading the book - take it out of the library.
One-sentence synopsis: Good if you've read and liked the other Pegasus books and want to find out what happens to the characters, bad as a beginner to the series.
Most recent customer reviews
In the first book, To Ride Pegasus, Henry Darrow is a rich man who earns his living as an astrologer. Read morePublished on March 9 2003
this book came out the same time as the skies of pern and i felt that they were both rushed jobs. Pegasus in Space does close the Pegasus series and gives u the bridge to the... Read morePublished on April 13 2002
This book follows streaght on from the events in Pegasus in Flight. This book follows Peter Reidinger as his Talent strengthens and he and Johnny Green decided to set up... Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2002 by Michelle Davis
It had been a long time since I read the other "Pegasus" books, so I was happy to see that the story continues. Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2001
This is the weakest of the Pegasus/Talent series books. The whole book feels rushed to tie off the series, the villians are shallow and the plot weak. Read morePublished on May 9 2001 by Teresa L. Roberts
anne mccaffery has never dissapointed and never will. The plot was buit up wonderfully from pegasus in flight, and the main characters rise to suscces will leave the reader craving... Read morePublished on Dec 18 2000 by Mierin Eronail
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