The series was written over quite a period of time; To Ride Pegasus was published in 1973, which is some level of excuse for the massive gender essentialism, astonishing normative heterocentrism, weird racist tendencies, and ableism (among other things). I'm not keen on age-gap relationships anyway (though I do accept that they can work in the real world!), but a) it all feels terribly Electra complex on her side, and b) when he's known her all her life it ends up having almost paedophilic vibes. McCaffrey also has a thing about babies, and women having babies, and large families; again, it's almost fetishistic at times. Having said all of that, I did just read, like, five of them (in a very random order!). But life in the Linears is kind of fun to read about (if, er, unintentionally racist) and I like the first-steps-into-space arc in the Pegasus books.
This does feel very much like a book meant to connect two series: McCaffrey's Parapsychics and the Rowan family of Talents. It doesn't bother me that she had a crush on Peter, which other people have considered rather disgusting. In fact, crushes are usually on unavailable people, maybe so they can start understanding love, at least the mental aspect of love. It doesn't bother me that Peter's "appliance" (waste bag, eg catheter) is mentioned so often, which was another complaint I read. The frequency of it being mentioned had a purpose in giving Peter the determination to do an extreme amount of physical therapy. The amount of therapy Peter would have needed was enormous. Anne McCaffrey seemed to be trying to make her fantasy books into science fiction towards the end of her career. However, we have gone so far into fantasy as to think that we can pick and choose which scientific facts we believe.
Returns to the characters in the latter, and I feel like that's the book's main function: connect Peter Reidinger with future Primes and the Center for Parapsychic Talent with FT&T.
I great book for young adults without the crass teen angsty drama.
Pegasus In Space exists solely to link McCaffrey's world of the Talents with her Rowan world. As it stands, the book is a bunch of characters who exist solely to provide exposition in between scenes that are told at a plodding pace at great emotional distance. Much of the book consists of being told that something happened, then pages of characters talking about it. If you're lucky, one of the expositional characters will fill you in on their backstory (which you already know if you've read the previous books) in gory detail. Ceara exists for scenery and to give Peter someone to have sex with once the reversal has happened. This is easily one of the worst books I've read in the last 25 years, and the only reason I'd ever suggest that anyone else read it is if you absolutely must know what happened to Peter Reidinger.
Even though this is the 3rd book in the Talents series it was the last to be written after the Tower and Hive series was complete. In my opinion, it makes a better bridge between the two series than Pegasus in Flight and Im glad it was added since Peters story is as fascinating as it is heartwarming. The story still fascinates me and makes me wonder how much faster we would be exploring space if we had people with Talents such as these.
Anne McCaffreys first story was published by Sam Moskowitz in Science Fiction + Magazine and her first novel was published by Ballantine Books in 1967. By the time the three children of her marriage were comfortably in school most of the day, she had already achieved enough success with short stories to devote full time to writing.