Science Fiction: Village covered by impenetrable, invisible dome-shaped force-field.
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The main character finds something at the bottom of a pond that is alien and seems to be projecting the force-field to protect itself.
My initial memory - probably false - was that ot was written by James? Pattinson or Pattison.
A village is surrounded by an invisible force field. Anyone already inside or who goes inside inside looses consciousness. After a day or two, the field mysteriously disappears but a few weeks later, all the women realise they are pregnant and 9 months later, the children are born. As the children (very rapidly) grow, their powers (e.g.) telepathy grow and they become more and more dangerous.
A young girl was - ahem, 'visited' - by an attractive youth and inevitably fell in love with him. If I remember this correctly - and the book was somewhat vague here - he had come from, or was a part of, the intelligent life at the bottom of the pond.
One part I now recall was the plan concocted by some bright spark to rev up all the cars in the village and crash into the barrier simultaneously. The theory was that the invisible force-field only had so much energy and the huge impact would cause it to collapse.
Another memory returns as I write; some woman's dog or cat mysteriously finds a way to travel to outside the barrier. I forget what happened as a result of that.
Oh, and there was a boffin who built some electronic device that he lowered into the pond. Can't remember why or what happened afterwards.
Of course, religion reared it's unwelcome head again and we then had a resurgence of all the hysteria and witchburning mentality associated with it.
Keep trying everyone. It's a book well worth reading.
copyed52: I know how you feel. I once wrote a novel about a woman who dies and passes over to the other side. Six months later 'Ghost' starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore hit the cinema screens. Boy was I mad. I was sure they'd found a way to pinch my story.
Sequels are Wicca and Silent Vulcan.