At Risk

by Don Sakers, Phil Meade
Release date: 2003
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction

The PsiScouts: X-Men meet Buck Rogers

In the 26th century, three psi-gifted teenagers find themselves on the same flight to Earth:

Gael Rimma of Wargal, code-named Bolt, controls electrical fields and can generate electrical charges. Confident and outgoing, Gael comes to Earth in search of her missing brother.

Royd Kar of Taarla, code-named Coulomb, controls magnetic fields and forces. Shy but affable, Royd is fleeing the desolation of his economically-depressed world, hoping to find a job through which he can support his family back home.

Iris Krall of Ceres, code-named Mentaxa, is a powerful telepath. Her cold, aloof exterior, a defense against the constant intrusion of others' thoughts, hides an inner insecurity.

Thrown together by chance, the kids use their remarkable abilities to foil an assassination attempt against Colleen Artveldt, the galaxy's richest person. In response, Artveldt announces that she wants them to be founding members of a new organization, a corps of similarly-talented youths to be called the PsiScouts.

This first title in the ongoing PsiScouts series has its roots not only in the legendary sf adventures of E. E. "Doc" Smith and Edmond Hamilton, but also in the tales of superheroes such as the X-Men and the Justice League. Yet author Phil Meade brings modern, cutting-edge sensibilities to his story, crafting a science-fiction adventure yarn for the modern age. Both teenagers and adults will delight in this first tale of the heroic PsiScouts.

(updated 2018-11-03)

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