Trying to find the name of a book or series from the 60s/70s about the future when mankind had spread to multiple planets outside of this solar system - and the government (a little totalitarian) was monitoring kids who looked up psychic abilities/stories in their local library. I remember the color purple had something to do with the story/psychics and that they (psychics) came in different levels/strengths and were perceived as a potential threat to those in power if they weren't monitored/controlled.

Second short story was from an old sci fi master about a 'nobody' who wanted to teach others telekinesis not just the favored/born with it who lorded this ability/their talent and associated riches over others/normal folks. He used the power to teach others in a giant stadium to show that the power could be given to others outside of those showing at birth/puberty.

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    Hi, welcome to the site. We prefer each story-ID question to ask about a single story or series though, so could you divide this into two separate questions; one asking about the book/series and the other about the short story? Feb 17 at 0:45
  • I don't remember the color purple having a part of it. But the part about a youth looking up psychic powers in a library and being monitored reminds me a bit of the YA novel "The Beyond" by Jeff & JeanSutton. Perhaps the following cover might ring a bell? librarything.com/work/1413589
    – beichst
    Feb 17 at 1:00
  • The second rings a bit like First Lensman from EE 'Doc' Smith, though the Lensmen don't lord the ability, and in the case in point Lensman Rod Kinnison, uses the skill to show integrity (of the Lensmen) to the populace as a political move.
    – bob1
    Feb 17 at 1:39