''The Tower and the Hive'' series (also known as the ''Rowan and the Talents'' series) is a sci-fi series by Creator/AnneMcCaffrey.

The series is set against a backdrop of a technologically advanced future society in which [[PsychicPowers telepathy, telekinesis and other psychic abilities]] have become scientifically accepted and researched. Telekinetic and telepathic powers are used to communicate and teleport spaceships through space, thus avoiding the light barrier and allowing for the colonization of other solar systems. Books in the series include

* ''To Ride Pegasus'': The first novel in the series (it reprinted several earlier short stories) was the 1973 ''Pegasus'', in which the existence of psychic powers were scientifically proven and psychics began organizing to both take care of their own and carve out a place for themselves in society.
* ''Pegasus In Flight'' and ''Pegasus In Space'': Direct sequels to ''To Ride Pegasus'' meant to officially [[CanonWelding merge]] the Pegasus storyline with that of the Talents.
* ''The Rowan'': The series as most know it started here, with the story of The Rowan, an orphaned Prime Talent, as she deals with life, loneliness and a possible alien invasion.
* ''Damia'': ''The Rowan'''s sequel is part straight sequel, part-POVSequel and part backstory for Afra Lyon, a secondary character from the previous book. The book is mostly about the relationship between Afra and the most important women in his life (his beloved older sister, The Rowan and The Rowan's middle child, Damia. And another alien invasion.
* ''Damia's Children'' and ''Lyon's Pride'' stars [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Damia and Afra's kids]] who work with humanity's new alien allies, the Mrdini, to deal with the threat of the Hivers - the insectoid race responsible for the attacks in ''The Rowan''.
* ''The Tower and The Hive'': The wrap-up to the threat of the Hivers (and probably the series itself after [[AuthorExistenceFailure McCaffrey's death]])


Two early short stories, "The Lady in the Tower" and "A Meeting of Minds", were written in 1959 and 1969, and collected in ''Get Off the Unicorn''; edited versions of the stories were incorporated into ''The Rowan'' and ''Damia''.
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!!The ''Talents Series'' contains examples of the following tropes:
* AbortedArc: Zara's mental connection with the captive Hiver queen at the end of ''Damia's Children''. It looked to be forshadowing Zara's part in the ultimate endgame, but was pretty much shrugged off with "No one knows how she did it, not even Zara," and she was eventually PutOnABus (shipped off to train as a medical Prime).
* TheAce: Jeff Raven.
* AliensMadeThemDoIt: Laria and Kincaid hooking up due to their Mrdini companions "encouraging" it.
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: Sascha and Boris Roznine.
* BabiesEverAfter: Every story arc of the series has ended with the main female character pregnant (the Rowan was pregnant with her second at the end of ''The Rowan''.)
* BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood: How the Hiver threat is ultimately dealt with - though here, it was not so much MindRape as introducing them to a pheromone cocktail that turns them from TheSwarm to peaceful agrarians.
* BrokenPedestal: A minor example, but still depressing: while they're searching for Tirla, Carmen starts to build up an idea of her as a strong, smart and talented runaway, but who is also an innocent who needs their help. When they meet, Tirla's callousness about the horrible situation the kids she rescued are in makes Carmen quite dismayed.
* BrownNote: Any Talent in proximity to anything Hiver-made experiences a sensation known as "sting-pzzt", which makes them edgy and irritable.
* CanNotSpitItOut: Afra, twice: once with The Rowan - though she already knew, once with Damia - who couldn't either.
* CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds: Every important character must be attached by the end of ''The Tower And The Hive'', even if the Mrdini have to [[AliensMadeThemDoIt rewrite]] [[IfItsYouItsOkay someone's]] [[SuddenlySexuality sexuality]] to make it happen. No exceptions.
** The ''Pegasus'' trilogy has one major aversion; Amariyah Bantam isn't shown hooking up with anyone.
* CombinedEnergyAttack: Merges (Talents combining their power to one quasi-gestalt) are standard operating procedure for pushing Tower freight. More powerful merges are used as {{Wave Motion Gun}}s against alien motherships.
* CoolPet: The Barque Cats and the Coonies (genetically altered and domesticated raccoons).
** As the Coonies were at times referred to as "Coonie cats", and [=McCaffrey=] was known to have owned several Maine Coon cats over the course of her life, many fans believe that Main Coons were at least a partial basis for the Coonies (despite the cover artist for ''Damia'' taking "coonie" at face value and placing a raccoon with the title character).
* CompanionCube: The Rowan and the Pukha (a stuffed toy she was given that hides a raft of monitoring devices). She knows it's "just" a toy, but she still has (one-sided) conversations with it.
* DaChief: Peter Reidinger.
* DeadGuyJunior: [[spoiler:Laria.]]
* DemotedToExtra: Damia's older siblings.
* DeathByOriginStory: The Rowan's entire family (and all records saying who she was) were wiped out by a freak mudslide.
* DeathIsCheap: [[spoiler: For some Mrdini. They're born to parents, like humans, but unlike humans, the Mrdini parents can get together and essentially create another Mrdini that is exactly the same as the dead one. Unfortunately, if one or both of the parents die, this obviously isn't possible. When the hibernatory on Clarf has a power failure, the result is catastrophic because so many who died couldn't be recreated, or couldn't recreate others who died.]]
* DepartmentOfChildDisservices: Subverted -- ''No one'' thinks giving the Rowan to Siglen to be trained as a Prime is the best idea -- Siglen is a great Prime but an otherwise horrible person. But there's no one else on the planet qualified to teach her and sending her elsewhere would do more harm than good, thanks to Travel Sickness.
* DifferentlyPoweredIndividual: The Talents.
* DiplomaticImpunity: Invoked by the BigBad of ''Pegasus In Flight''. Unfortunately for him, his boss got the whole story and pulled the rug out from under him.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Stock in trade for precognitive Talents. Henry Darrow is the exception; he focuses his predictions through astrology rather than psychic dreams.
* EasilyThwartedAlienInvasion: Once the Talents figure out the strategy of simply teleporting warheads into the engine cores of Hiver ships, the conflict becomes mostly about finding ways to stop the Hivers without [[GenocideDilemma committing genocide.]]
* ExactWords: Through the entire Padrugoi Space Station construction arc, [[BadBoss Ludmilla Barchenka]] had been harassing the Talents to get the station completed [[IronicEcho on time]], though there are implications that bonuses for early completion were involved but concealed by Barchenka. Her efforts to complete the station are outright to the effect of WeHaveReserves, with evidence that grunts had been left to die in space without bothering to send rescues for them. The epilogue of ''Pegasus In Flight'' has her HoistByHerOwnPetard when they delay shipping the last batch of parts to the station until the estimated installation time would be [[BotheringByTheBook precisely to the completion deadline, no earlier, no later.]]
* FasterThanLightTravel: Averted, as the Talents allow mankind to circumvent the light barrier entirely via interstellar teleportation.
* FixupNovel: Three of the four sections of ''To Ride Pegasus'' are previously published short stories.
* GenerationalSaga: Sort of. ''Pegasus In Flight'' takes place about eighty years after ''To Ride Pegasus'', with ''Pegasus In Space'' taking place maybe a few months afterwards. ''The Rowan'', however, takes place three hundred years later.
* TheGhost: Damia's youngest sibling, Ezro.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Damia takes her little brother camping and tells him a scary story. She ends up scaring him so much that he does his best to set the forest on fire.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: Because the Mrdini planets are so overpopulated, some high officials decide to perform an experiment in a popular hibernatory to see if they can reduce the birth rate. It ends up killing hundreds and badly injuring even more.
* GoodIsNotNice: The Rowan is rather [[LovableAlphaBitch high-maintenance]]. Part of Peter Reidinger's job is keeping her staff somewhat together.
* HandicappedBadass: Peter Reidinger I, who overcomes spinal damage and moves around by TK. [[spoiler: Later repaired by Amariyah.]]
* HealingHands: Amariyah Bantam, though she doesn't know it.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: Tirla is a very restricted telepath… who also happens to have a Talent that makes her fluent in every language in existence, and she can translate them effortlessly. Given that she lives in a giant community full of people who speak different languages, it's basically her full-time job.
* HeroicAlbino: The Rowan, though she's more very pale than a true albino.
* HighTurnoverRate: Afra is the first of Rowan's right-hand men to last more than a few months.
* HumansArePsychicInTheFuture: Not all, not even most, but a significant percentage.
* HumanityIsSuperior: The Mrdini have been fighting the Hivers for hundreds of years. Humanity figures out how to swat them down for good within a couple of generations (during which the Hivers were only briefly a real threat).
* HurlItIntoTheSun: It's what the Talents do to the first Hiver invasion ship.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Afra's attitude towards The Rowan, whom he'd been in love with for years before Jeff Raven swooped in.
* IfICantHaveYou[=/=]TakingYouWithMe: Sodan, the psychic entity trying to seduce Damia[[note]]in order to find out about the human system's defenses and weaken their most powerful one - her[[/note]] used the last of his strength to try and kill Afra after he'd picked up on Damia's feelings for him. It should be noted that Afra, Damia's parents and Damia's brother Larak were trying to destroy him at the time. [[spoiler: He ended up killing Larak and knocking the others out of commission for weeks.]]
* IfItsYouItsOkay: Gay Kincaid sleeping with his straight best friend, Laria, because they were both lonely and hurting over bad breakups. Turns out their Mrdini companions mentally "[[AliensMadeThemDoIt nudged]]" them towards each other. They didn't really mind.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Siglen.
* JailBaitWait: Sascha and Tirla
* KissingCousins: Rojer and his second cousin, Asia Eagles.
* KnownOnlyByTheirNickname: Even after she regains her memories and remembers her real name[[note]]Angharad Gwyn[[/note]], most people refer to the Rowan as "The Rowan". Reidinger, however, made a point of calling her by her birth name, once he knew it.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: The Rowans's real name is known by everyone who cares to know it by the end of the first book. Her kids all have hyphenated last names.
* LovableRogue: Jeff Raven, before he gets KickedUpstairs in the later books.
* TheMaidenNameDebate: Possibly implied with Dorotea Horvath; both she and her grandson use her maiden name.
* MayDecemberRomance: Damia and Afra.
** Sascha and Tirla in ''Pegasus in Space''. Peter/Amariyah is also [[ShipTease teased]], but Peter eventually picks someone closer to his own age.
* MindOverManners: An essential part of the Talents' culture, though in ''To Ride Pegasus'', the rules haven't been fully worked out yet and the protagonists sometimes play fast and loose with "suggestions." The Mrdini aren't as careful about it.
* MutantDraftBoard: The Center and FT&T don't generally ''force'' anyone to join them, but they do apply a significant amount of pressure, bribery, and in rare cases coercion to attract and keep Talents, and both have legal jurisdiction over ''all'' Talented individuals.
* MyGreatestFailure: For Damia it was [[spoiler:accidentally burning out the mind of her first lover,]] partially from inexperience, and partially because she ignored Afra's advice to "be careful" out of spite (she assumed he meant [[spoiler:"birth control"]]; he meant [[spoiler:"keep your mental shields up or you'll fry the boy."]])
* NeverSayDie: [[spoiler: Dorotea is suspiciously absent for the epilogue of ''Pegasus In Space'', and while there's no confirmation, the wording and Peter sadly remembering her congratulating him once strongly implies that she died of old age.]]
* NoConservationOfEnergy: Averted - the Talents explicitly tap external power sources for anything more than floating things across the room.
* {{Omniglot}}: Tirla's psychic powers make her this.
* OneWorldOrder: Develops through a layer of international institutions during the ''Pegasus'' trilogy. Individual nations still exist, and the United World functions as a [[TheFederation federal government]].
* ParentsAsPeople: Asia's parents had a huge number of children, and as a result, as the shy, quiet one she got very used to being ignored and overlooked.
* PopulationControl: Used in ''Pegasus in Flight'', and it's an issue since Tirla was illegally born.
* PowerLevels: The Talents are ranked in power from T12 (just enough power to register) to Prime (T1). To have a T1 designation requires both telepathy and telekinesis with potentially unlimited power; a superpowerful telepath or telekinetic is rated at T2.
* ProphecyTwist: In ''Pegasus in Space'', there's a twist involving a ''lack'' of a prophecy. There's no precog of anything going wrong at the inauguration of the Padrugoi Space Station, but this doesn't reassure Johnny Greene, who takes some precautions anyway. [[spoiler: Manager Ludmilla Barchenka does try to take over the Station, but is foiled by Greene and Reidinger. When quizzed about her failure to pick anything up, the duty precog pointed out that because Greene prevented it by taking initiative, the takeover didn't happen, and so there was nothing ''to'' pick up.]]
* RomanticRunnerUp: Afra and the Rowan are shipped. He's the first second-in-command to last longer than a few months, the Rowan genuinely likes him and they become good friends… and then Jeff Raven turns up, and Afra immediately realizes that he's lost.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: Larak]]
* SingleIssuePsychosis: Subverted: Even as Prime Travel Sickness was found to have a single, psychosomatic cause, none of the older Primes could travel off-planet and The Rowan is explicitly shown as trying to work past it. In later books, The Rowan is explicitly stated as never leaving Callisto outside of emergencies.
* SkunkStripe: Most of Raven and Rowan's children and grandchildren have them.
* SpinOffspring: Damia and Afra's kids are the focus of the series's last three books.
* SuddenlySexuality: The previously, explicitly gay Kincaid becoming a couple with his female best friend, Laria.
* SuperRegistrationAct: In the Pegasus series, one of the first things the Psychics did was draft their own version, to preempt a more hostile version.
* SuperpowerfulGenetics: As Talents began producing offspring together, more and more powerful Talents came forth.
** This becomes a case of controversy in the final books, as it's pointed out that this means the Raven-Lyon clan essentially owns the FT&T organization because 90% of all Prime Talents are related to that family. It's treated as a big deal that one of the neophyte Primes from ''The Tower And The Hive'' ''isn't'' part of that family (She's David of Betelgeuse's granddaughter). However, it's also evident that, prior to Jeff Raven's and the Rowan's rise to prominence, many Prime talents, such as Siglen and Capella, deliberately isolated themselves from social interaction to a great degree, and the comparative lack of Prime-level talent at the beginning of ''The Rowan'' was due to the fact that high-level talents simply weren't having children (with the Reidenger family as the notable exception). It should also be pointed out that while it's controversial, the lack of Primes means that it's not like the Raven-Lyon clan beat out the competition- there just ''isn't'' any, and the need for Primes far outstrips the numbers.
* TelepathicSpacemen: The ''Rowan'' series has psychics as not only the means of communication between colonized star systems, but also the means of transportation (via psychokinetic [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleport]]) that makes such colonies possible to begin with. From the point of view of the Mrdini, who have no psychics of their own, ''humans'' are the telepathic spacemen.
* TimeSkip: Between ''To Ride Pegasus'' and ''Pegasus In Flight''. Dorotea Horvath, who was about five years old at the end of the former, is now at least eighty years old and a grandmother, and we also meet the children of other characters, like Daffyd's granddaughter Rhyssa, Bruce and Amalda's (probably) grand-daughter, who's named after her grand-mother, and Boris and Sascha Roznine, who are the (probably) grandsons of Vsevolod Roznine (the book never says exactly what the twins' relationship to Vsevolod is, nor Amalda junior's relationship to Bruce and Amalda senior).
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The setting of ''To Ride Pegasus.''
* WeaksauceWeakness: For all the power of a Prime, they're unable to travel through space without suffering Travel Sickness - vertigo so bad it requires hospitalization. [[YourMindMakesItReal Or so they thought.]]
* WifeHusbandry: Afra and Damia.
* YouCantFightFate: The first ''Pegasus'' story has coincidence and destiny completely override Henry Darrow's brain when he tries to avoid his fated car crash, [[BecauseDestinySaysSo because everything rides on him being critically injured, sent to the one hospital in the area with an EEG sensitive enough to detect psychic powers, meeting Molly, and finding scientific proof of the existence of Talent]]. Afterwards, however, this is averted; having knowledge of a precog allows you to change the event. DoubleSubverted by Henry's later heart attack; [[spoiler: he could have chosen to have a heart transplant before his expiration date, but he figured that by that time, he'd have lived a full life and be glad to pass his legacy on to the next generation.]]
* YourMindMakesItReal: The Primes' travel sickness was actually Siglen mentally imprinting her own condition on every other Prime of the time (at the time four others). Because it had to be simply "the cost of power" and not something as mundane as an inner-ear condition.
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