PEGASUS IN FLIGHT
This was a rare instance (especially with Anne’s books) when Del Rey dictated what they wanted on the cover and Michael didn’t get to read the manuscript. To his surprise, the painting had to feature a paralyzed teenage boy.
They gave Michael a brief overview, explaining that the world had too many people and that the psychically-gifted “Talents” who could move objects with their mental powers were required – and exploited – to build a space station to serve as a springboard to the stars.
The teenaged Peter had the most powerful mental abilities on Earth and he overcame paralysis to develop the first gestalt with electrical generators (this became the basis for future space travel).
Pegasus In Flight
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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