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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (October 13, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345368975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345368973
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Anne McCaffrey, the Hugo Award-winning author of the bestselling Dragonriders of Pern® novels, is one of science fiction's most popular authors. With Elizabeth Ann Scarborough she co-authored Changelings and Maelstrom, Books One and Two of The Twins of Petaybee. McCaffrey lives in a house of her own design, Dragonhold-Underhill, in County Wicklow, Ireland.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ruthcabeza@hotmail.com on April 21, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "byrkit" on July 19, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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 carefully explored.
DON'T read this book first. They must be read in order to get the full impact of McCaffrey's rare ability to create a consistant and delightful premise, then work out all the implications logically.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Lee on November 26, 1997
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bm Levitan on September 16, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Cruickshank on August 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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