Tuesday, 3 October 2000

Anne McCaffrey: Pegasus in Space (2000)

Edition: Bantam, 2000
Review number: 639

The third and last of the Pegasus series, linked very decidedly to the Tower series which follows but which were written first, Pegasus in Space remains a reasonably self-contained novel. It is about the adolescence of Peter Reidinger, an important if slightly peripheral character in the later novels.

The book is dedicated to Christopher Reeves, the Superman actor who was disabled in an accident, and is the story of how Reidinger regains his own mobility, at least in part, recovering from injuries caused when a wall collapsed on him in childhood. Its portrayal of disability is the issue at the core of the novel, and though rather trite it is a massive improvement on the picture of homosexuality given in the next most recent McCaffrey novel I have read, The Tower and the Hive. The implication that happiness comes with recovery from disability is part of Pegasus in Space; though I am sure that the vast majority of disabled people would like to become fully mobile, I am also sure that many of them experience at least a degree of happiness as they are. Pegasus in Space is clearly meant to be a "feel-good" novel, but it left me feeling rather uncomfortable.

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