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jjs Mar 27 2016 04:19 PM

Similar series
I've always loved her Talent series and was always hoping to have the series continue. Does anyone know of similar series? I tried to read the pern series and it wasn't similar enough.

GinnyStar Apr 17 2016 01:54 AM

Re: Similar series
Have you read Pegasus Books?

Eriflor Apr 21 2016 08:27 PM

Re: Similar series
The talent series starts with the three Pegasus books and continues through the Tower and Hive books. Nobody seems to be continuing the series since Anne passed away.

jjs, I assume you're looking for stories where humans have various psychic abilities, like telepathy, precognition, clairvoyance, and telekinesis. There are plenty of short stories and one-off novels in this genre. Some that I've read are:

John Wyndham: The Chrysalids (telepathy)
Charlaine Harris: the Sookie Stackhouse novels (telepathy --- mainly Sookie; also vampires, werewolves, other supernaturals)
Anne Mccaffrey: Dragonriders of Pern (telepathy between dragons and riders, some telekinesis in the last novel)
Christopher Paolini: Eragon series
E.E. 'Doc' Smith: Lensman series (decades-old space opera).
Victoria Laurie has a ghost-hunting series.

That's all I can remember right now, but it may start the ball rolling.

Eriflor Apr 21 2016 08:30 PM

Re: Similar series
It might be worth your while to look at the "Beyond Anne McCaffrey" section of this site, which is for discussions of other writers in this genre.

P'ter Apr 22 2016 05:40 PM

Re: Similar series
Elizabeth Ann Scarborough's Barquecat series ?

GinnyStar May 1 2016 12:26 AM

Re: Similar series

Originally Posted by P'ter (Post 199830)
Elizabeth Ann Scarborough's Barquecat series ?

Yes I was thinking of that set too.

Eriflor May 1 2016 10:18 PM

Re: Similar series
The Barque cats are unusually intelligent cats that are trained to hunt rats in the ducts of spaceships and warn the humans about air-leakages. They acquire telepathic powers (with one human apiece) through contact with a mysterious substance disseminated by a -- SPOILER ALERT!

The one-on-one telepathic connection is akin to the relationship between humans and dragons on Pern. So it's not really similar to the Talent series.

Eriflor May 8 2016 09:27 PM

Re: Similar series
You might like the Elemental Masters series by Mercedes Lackey. Most of the books have to do with "mages" who can draw magic power from elemental spirits of Air, Fire, Earth, or Water. One book at least (The Wizard of London) deals with a school for children with Talents (such as telepathy, precognition, clairaudience, psychometry, etc.) rather than Magic.

Brenda May 11 2016 11:16 PM

Re: Similar series
I wouldn't have thought of those books as a comparison to the Pegasus/Tower books, but I do recommend them as one of my favorite series! It's excellent historical fiction, revealing magic behind the scenes, and the faint framework of a traditional fairy tale behind that. (Some of those are more obvious than others...)
The first book is "The Serpent's Shadow".

Eriflor May 13 2016 11:19 PM

Re: Similar series
The 2 main children in Wizard of London each have a telepathic (or empathic) connection with a bird, which protects its chosen girl --- so maybe a bit like Barque cats or fire-lizards. Can't think of one off-hand that is mainly about moving cargo over huge distances by telekinesis.

And I don't know how similar jjs wanted the series to be to Anne's Talents universe. Too similar, and the author could get sued for plagiarism. Most of the ones I suggested are even less similar to the Talents series.

P'ter May 14 2016 09:09 AM

Re: Similar series
Well Eragon is almost a fan-fic

Anneli May 20 2016 05:50 PM

Re: Similar series

With the added insult to injury that it got made into a film, which bombed, thereby reducing the chances of Pern ever making it to the big screen :mad:


Originally Posted by P'ter (Post 200004)
Well Eragon is almost a fan-fic

Moira Aug 22 2017 08:02 AM

Re: Similar series

If you want something to do with psy gifts, you must read : The Galactic Milieu Serie, by Julian May. The first one "Intervention" is like Pegasus. And the trilogy that follows is more like Tower. You will enjoy it !


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