Looking for the title of a book or story where children are being born with psychic powers, leaving the adults behind. I read it probably around 1990 so it was before then.

The gist was that the kids were evolving quickly and leaving.

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    Childhood's End might be right - but more details would help ensure that. Do you recall any thing else about the book? Are all children suddenly born with powers, or does it start with a few?
    – Andrew
    Aug 24, 2023 at 23:18
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    Depending how old the kids are, this could even apply to "Dr. Pak's Preschool."
    – DavidW
    Aug 25, 2023 at 0:36
  • possibly the same as scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/182060/…
    – Otis
    Aug 25, 2023 at 4:26

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Could it be Childhood's End, by Arthur C. Clarke?

As Rashaverak explains, the time of humanity as a race composed of single individuals with a concrete identity is coming to an end. The children's minds reach into each other and merge into a single vast group consciousness. If the Pacific were to be dried up, the islands dotting it would lose their identity as islands and become part of a new continent; in the same way, the children cease to be the individuals which their parents knew and become something else, completely alien to the "old type of human".

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    Yes I think that was it- thank you! Aug 28, 2023 at 16:43

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