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Subject: Suggestion please, talent type books!
Date Posted: 11/20/2008 11:25 AM ET
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I loved the Rowan series by Anne McCaffrey, and all of her "none dragon" books. I am looking for other authors with "talent" type subjects. I love the future technical aspect mixed with human "talents".  I appriciate all suggestions.



Date Posted: 11/20/2008 7:04 PM ET
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First series that comes to mind is Julian May's Pliocene/Galactic Milieu.  It mostly involves people around a physcially gifted family after the earth is contacted by aliens.  Books are multigenerational, and a common theme involves parental sins haunting children.  Time travel is involved so order is slightly problematic.  I'd recommend reading them in this order -

Intervention (sometimes published as two books - Surveillance and Metaconcert) - modern to contacting aliens

Jack the Bodiless, Diamond Mask and Magnifcat. - Rebelling against the aliens with secretive baddie.

Many Colored Land, Golden Torc, Nonborn King and the Adversary - People from after time in Magnifcat travel back in time to Pliocene and meet aliens/elves.

Date Posted: 11/20/2008 7:52 PM ET
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Thanks for the suggestions Kelly, I'll give these a try!


Date Posted: 11/20/2008 8:41 PM ET
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Joan Vinge's Snow Queen and Summer Queen are the first that come to mind for me. 

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Date Posted: 11/20/2008 8:53 PM ET
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I am not sure if it's what you're looking for, but Angel Station by Walter Jon Williams has genetically manipulated talented people.

Date Posted: 11/20/2008 9:52 PM ET
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Catherine Asaro's Ruby Dynasty.  There are several stand alone books and a bunch of trilogies.  Catherine Asaro has a little more romance, making it more like Anne McCaffrey.  I'd recommend Catch The Lightning.

Date Posted: 11/21/2008 9:13 AM ET
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Lisanne Norman's Sholan Alliance series has telepathic humans. It starts with Turning Point where telepaths of two different species meet.

Date Posted: 11/21/2008 10:13 AM ET
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Thanks for all the great suggestions!


Date Posted: 11/21/2008 4:26 PM ET
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I can second Julian May's series - especially Many Coloured Land and The Golden Torc. Time for a re-read, I think.

Lee & Miller's Liaden series have talented people / aliens.

And don't forget the biggest granddaddy-talent of all ... Dune.

Subject: talent
Date Posted: 12/15/2008 6:39 PM ET
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Julian May's series is great, but if you want the grandaddy try Slan by A.E. Van Vogt — golden age of science fiction entry.  Not as well developed as more recent series, but a gem nonetheless.


Date Posted: 1/22/2009 5:53 PM ET
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Joan D. Vinge's excellent series about the telepath named Cat: Psion, Catspaw,Dreamfall

Charles Stross has a present-day series called the Merchant Princes, about a family/group that has the ability to switch through paralell universes - the first one is called The Family Trade

Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series - many of the books feature people with various 'talents'. It's a 'lost colony' series - the books are written over a huge time period, the later ones are all of how the society interacts with the 'futuristic'  society after they are reunited with Earth

Stephen Gould's Jumper and the sequel Reflex (both much much better than the movie) If you liked the movie, also read Jumper:Griffin's Story

Octavia Butler's Wild Seed, Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents, also Clay's Ark, Patternmaster, and Mind of my Mind

I know you said you read 'all' of McCaffrey's books, but wanted to make sure you had seen the prequels to the Rowan series: Get off the Unicorn, To Ride Pegasus, Pegasus in Flight, Pegasus in Space

I think someone mentioned it above, but the Sholan Alliance series by Lisanne Norman is excellent as well. First book is Turning Point

Wow, that doesn't seem like much, I'm going to have to find some more, since I enjoy those kinds of books too! = )






Date Posted: 1/23/2009 1:25 PM ET
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Thanks Carolyn for all the great suggestions ( and all of the other members who have so graciously offered their ideas).  I have already aquired several of the books that have been suggested and I am looking forward to reading them.


Date Posted: 5/26/2009 3:16 AM ET
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I'll second the Marion Zimmer Bradley Darkover novels -- they have my personal favorite breakdown of telepathic abilities.


The Octavia E. Butler also sounds like what you want, though I haven't yet read them myself; they're on my wishlist.


Sheri S. Tepper's True Game novels should also be right up your alley -- the characters spend the first 25 years of their lives safe in schools, trying to find out what role they play (roles like Sentinel (a fire starter) or Elator (a teleporter) or Healer) and learning all the rules of gaming; when they graduate they move out into the larger world where they are subject to challenges from other people which may lead to death. Imagine having supernatural abilities but living inside a chess game. . .