Pegasus in Space
Went by the bookstore today and read a book that I'd planned on reading for a long time now. Pegasus in Space is one of the more recent novels by Anne McCaffrey. It bridges the gap in her Parapsychic Series between the Pegasus arc taking place in the late 20th/early 21st century and the Rowan arc, which takes place a century or two later.
The book mainly focuses on the beginning of space travel on that Earth, as made possible by budding psionics and technological discoveries. It also details the founding of FT&T - Federated Telepath and Teleport... which was the model that I'd based my own RP company of PADT on. ^_^
You know, I would love to see a Rumbles fight featuring the psionics of that series, especially by the end of the series. These people can teleport space fleets over interstellar distances... and I note in the epilogue of Pegasus in Space, also through *time*. That just boggles the mind. I'm not sure if that bit was something of a plot hole that the author hadn't realized was there... or a stroke of genius to help explain a lot of things in the later books.
Anyways, powers aside, the characters and especially the plot were very well done. The romantic pairing that the main character ended up with rather took me by surprise. Though I've noticed that McCaffrey rarely dwells much on romance as the focus of her storytelling. She does like to pair her characters off, marriage and children and all... but she rarely dwells on the whole love and angst and stuff. Or at least covers it pretty well under the plot.
Anyway, Pegasus in Space is a good book, though I'd recommend reading the two books before it in the series to get a lot of the references in it. That would be To Ride Pegasus and Pegasus in Flight, in that order.