Book circa 1971. 5 persons with near-death experiences demonstrate more than 1 power. Theme of giant moths flying through space and aliens searching for them.

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    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 11, 2019 at 18:21
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    The title either contains more information relevant to the question, or contradicts the information in the question. Clarifying this would be helpful.
    – Jontia
    Commented Jun 11, 2019 at 18:37
  • So ESP is a known thing, but before these five individuals, no one has had more than one power? And how do the giant moths fit in there? Do they tie in with the psychic powers somehow?
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Jun 11, 2019 at 18:37
  • Do you mean that each person has one power and that there are differences between the powers of the five people?
    – Gaultheria
    Commented Jun 11, 2019 at 19:06
  • possibly the same as scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/166082/…
    – Otis
    Commented Jun 19, 2019 at 14:14

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Pretty sure this one's come up before. The likeliest answer is "Sentinels From Space" by Eric Frank Russell.


There are actually more like 12 powers and humans change into the "giant moths.

  • There's mention of the multiple talents at goodreads.com/book/show/1898793.Sentinels_from_Space
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Jun 11, 2019 at 20:44
  • Reading between the lines, it sounds like everyone only has 1 power, and the protagonists are pulling some kind of con to make it seem like a multi-talented individual has arisen. Which fits pretty well with the question.
    – DavidW
    Commented Jun 12, 2019 at 1:35

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