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Pegasus in Flight

de Anne McCaffrey

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Sèrie: The Talents Universe (2), Pegasus Trilogy (2)

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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...… (més)
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Earth has reached its darkest moment. In subterranean warrens, the poor eke out precarious lives where jobs are scarce and children are sold for labor—while on the surface, a privileged few enjoy lives of luxury. As the population surges and unrest spreads, a disaster of epic proportions seems inescapable. The only hope: a platform under construction in space from which starships will be launched to colonize distant planets. But the project is critically behind schedule.

In the midst of the chaos, Rhyssa Owen and her fellow Talents—telepaths who read minds, kinetics who manipulate matter, and precogs to whom the future is an open book—struggle to survive. Then two children are discovered whose extraordinary psychic gifts have the potential to avert the looming catastrophe—or hasten its ominous arrival. . . .
  Gmomaj | Aug 28, 2020 |
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82 points, 4 ¼ stars!

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“How can there be that many illegal children in the Residentials?” Jerhattan City Manager Teresa Aiello demanded of Medical Chief Harv Dunster. “Your people are supposed to tie off after a second pregnancy.”
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Well, Pegasus in Flight was definitely less troublesome than To Ride Pegasus was. I mean, I still have some major "what the fuck" issues. Yet those issues aren't anywhere near as many or as glaring as I had with the first book. It helps that this book was written nearly twenty years after the first was. The world had changed a lot in those twenty years, and the book reflected that change. Thank god.

Pegasus in Flight is about two generations after the events of the first book. The Talents world has moved on from learning psychics exist. They have adapted to having psychics around. And boy have they adapted. Their entire way of life is structured around the fact that they exist. The entire world seems structured in such a way that the Talents live and work for the good of all. I genuinely love this adaptation. I love the worldbuilding that it entails.

In this book there are two different plotlines, which take place in two different worlds, all on Earth, with two very different people. Yet in the end, it is all the same.

The first plotline is what I have dubbed the "Good" plotline, because it has genuinely good people in it. It follows two threads. The first is that there is a quadriplegic teenager who has been trapped in a hospital bed, yet is reaching out with his psychic powers for help. Peter ends up being the strongest telekinetic in the world, as is able to use his Talent to propel his body. Wrapped up in this plotline is that Earth is building a Space Station, for the good of mankind. Earth is overpopulated, and they're trying to do something about it. And they're leaning on telekinetics in any way that they can.

The second plotline is the "Bad" plotline, because the people in it are horrific. These horrifying people are wrapped up in the worldbuilding. In this book you see the near utopia of the previous plotline contrasted dystopian nightmare hellscape of this one. It is a hell of a trip.

This second plotline is located in what is essentially the slums. People are only allowed to have two children, since Earth is overpopulated, and they have to curb growth somehow. And once they have two children, they are forcibly altered so they can have no further children. So in the slums, they decide this is (in my opinion, somewhat rightfully,) an infringement on their rights, and so they have illegal children. Only, they end up selling those children when they get old enough for money to people who prostitute their children out. Charming.

Overall, I found Pegasus in Flight to be an interesting social commentary. Until the end. When a guy in his mid to late twenties falls in love with a 12 year old. Seriously. And they decide to wait for each other, because the guy had a premonition that she'd be ready for him. In four years. When she is sixteen.

Sigh.

This was mostly free of the glaring ethical issues that plagued the first book, just a whole lot of societal issues. Yet I chalk the societal issues up to worldbuilding, because that whole sterilization thing was horrid, but it made some sense. This... "relationship" was just unnecessary with a whole helping of what the fuck.

I genuinely love reading about this world, though. I loved the main characters. I just sometimes wish this was written today, instead of nearly 30 years ago. I wish it was written by a different author. But this is the story I got, and I'm sticking to liking it. ( )
  keikii | Jan 23, 2020 |
Personal prejudice against stories about children sexually assaulted, used by parents and sold. The sections about finding new talents and the first of those with Rowan's talent. I also do not like when a bad guy/woman gets away with bad behavior using law against the good guys and never getting her comeuppance.
  Karen74Leigh | Sep 4, 2019 |
Personal prejudice against stories about children sexually assaulted, used by parents and sold. The sections about finding new talents and the first of those with Rowan's talent. I also do not like when a bad guy/woman gets away with bad behavior using law against the good guys and never getting her comeuppance. ( )
  Karen74Leigh | Sep 4, 2019 |
This is book #2 in the Talented trilogy. Talented refers to people who have extrasensory perception ranging from telekinesis to telepathy to precognition and others. In the first book, To Ride Pegasus people with Talent were just learning how to use their powers and how to protect themselves from lawsuits, harassment, mental bombardment. In this book the Talents are widely accepted and appreciated but some people would lke to use their gifts in unacceptable ways. The Chief Engineer of the Space Station thinks that all the Talents with telekinetic powers should be put to work on completing the Space Station. This would leave industries and countries short of their assistance which is particularly worrisome in the event of a disaster. However, since the Space Station is a world-wide endeavour Rhyssa Owen, manager of the Talents in the Eastern US, and her counterparts around the world agree as long as the telekinetics can return to Earth if there is a precognition of a disaster that could use them. Meanwhile, a young boy, Peter, who was paralyzed in an accident starts to reach out mentally to Rhyssa. When he is finally found in a hospital ward it is discovered that he can tap into electrical power to augment his telekinetic talent. Peter is too young to be sent to work but in an emergency his talent is used. Another young person also emerges as talented about this same time. Tirla is a twelve year old girl who has no legal existence since her parents were supposed to only have one child. Many of the people living in the massive housing units in Jerhattan have illegal children and many are sold by their parents when they reach adolescence. Tirla's parents and her older brother are dead so she fends for herself using her ability to understand many languages to make a living. She is extremely worried that the gangsters who buy the adolescent children will seize her one day. She comes to the attention of the Center for Parapsychic Talents when she inadvertently sparks a riot.

Peter and Tirla become very important to the Center. I expect to see more of them in the final book of this trilogy. ( )
  gypsysmom | Jul 11, 2018 |
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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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