These books were in my middle school library. It was a series of at least 2 (possibly more) books about a young man who was an alien. He passed as human and only a few people knew, including some older man who seemed like a father figure.

Because he was an alien he had ESP-style psychic powers (telekinesis and others). At some point he uses them to cause or stop or save someone from a car crash. There was definitely a car or bus accident.

I believe the planet his people were from may have allegedly been a system orbiting a star in the Orion constellation. It no longer existed, I believe -- I remember specifically the text making a point that the star it had orbited was gone, but that they could still see it up until a certain point in one of the books because speed-of-light, etc.

I should add that I remember it as being pretty much contemporary (roughly set in the 80's or 90's)--not set in the future. There wasn't, apparently, much space travel or anything (even though there must have been, or how else did he get there).


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Definitely a series of books by G. Clifton Wisler: The Antrian Messenger (1986), The Seer (1989), & The Mind Trap (1990).

The teenager was an alien; if I recall correctly in the first novel he uses a car crash to fake his own death as agents from the government had become interested in him. The father figure was a mentor originally from his home world. He could pass as a human because the only outward difference in his appearance was some sort of double lens in his eye that would only be noticed if a doctor examined him. He also had powers of telekinesis & telepathy as you mention.

  • I am almost positive that's it, even the titles sound familiar. Gonna go look them up to verify.
    – morewry
    Nov 10, 2013 at 17:50
  • Can't find any text, but every detail I recall lines up with what I've found. The explosion through the telescope, the old guy, the car accident, being almost identical to humans, having a range of powers...
    – morewry
    Nov 10, 2013 at 17:59

Is it Psion (Cat) and Catspaw by Joan D. Vinge?
The omnibus edition is called Alien Blood
It's a very popular YA series about a half human half alien orphan telepath.
And there's a third book called Dreamfall

  • Nope! I've also read that one, but I still own it, so I know it's not the same one.
    – morewry
    Oct 10, 2013 at 21:17

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