Anne McCaffrey & The Rowan

The premise of The Rowan and its sequels is that rare, high-powered telepaths and telekinetics form the spine of a complex system allowing for interstellar teleportation, and widespread interplanetary colonisation without breaking the light barrier. It remains one of my favourite space station novels of all time (I love space station novels far more than spaceship novels, that’s probably something I should have figured out about myself before now), with a great mix of characterisation and social detail combined with the big technical ideas.