Novelette, 9000 words
Richard sat on the woolly rug beside his brother's cot and watched
the gang arrive one by one.
Enter some tomorrow-people children from all over the 1960s cold
War world. Four boys: Richard, Liam (from a "fishing village
on the North Irish coast" -- probably Portstewart), Greg/Gregor
Ivanovitch Krejinski, and buster. Two girls: Mub and Loo.
The Splendid Six form a gestaltic unit much like the one described
in Theodore Sturgeon's More Than Human (1953). Using their
combined powers to look for Santa Claus (who lives "somewhere at
the North Pole in a secret cavern under the ice") they end up by
averting World War Three -- permanently. And there's more
. . .
Synopsis by Graham Andrews
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