Supermind by Mark Phillips (1963)

(Note: This is the final book in the series. First read Brain Twister.)

This writing partnership crafts incredibly snarky dialogue. Each character is like a stand up comic riffing on everything and anything happening around them. There are plenty of exciting things to riff on from teleportation to telepathy to an international conspiracy. This book has it all. When I finished reading the last chapter, I felt a little sad as if I was saying goodbye to an old friend. Funny little books like this one leave me undecided. Do I reserve my highest praise for the “classics” or do I speak highly of the unusual books that I just can’t put down? In the end, I think there is a place for a wacky sci-fi book like this one that doesn’t ask the big questions but enchants me with amusing characters, bizarre situations and witty dialogue.

Kenneth J. Malone has tackled telepathic spies and teleporting thieves but this is his hardest test yet. He is tasked with finding out who or what is causing inefficiencies in the government. Not the normal bureaucratic inefficiency. A new unusual phenomenon that seems to be affecting all levels of government. How do you find something that you can’t name and you don’t understand? Follow Malone as he tries to answer these tough questions and detect the Supermind.

 

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Brain Twister by Mark Phillips (1962)

Have you ever purchased a soda from a vending machine and two popped out? This book is a similar sweet surprise. I acknowledge that I’m not well read but it still took me unawares when I realized that this was a sci-fi humor novel instead of the assumed sci-fi action thriller. Is sci-fi humor a thriving sub genre that falls through the cracks not fitting into either the sci-fi or humor bookshelves at the store? The world needs more genre bending books even if a large portion feel half baked and end up falling flat. I always applaud the courage needed to try something different. Brain Twister does not fall flat. Instead it is positively enchanting and singularly hilarious. Fans of witty dialogue will enjoy this book immensely.

Kenneth J. Malone wakes up early to the ringing of his phone. His boss, the head of the FBI, tells him its an emergency. The emergency is unusual. A telepath is reading the minds of the scientists at a top secret government research facility and Malone is on the case. First, he must answer a series of difficult and absurd questions. How did we detect the telepath? How do we find the telepath? How do we stop the telepath? To answer these questions Malone is pulled all  across the US with hilarious results. You must be this tall to read Brain Twister.

 

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The Status Civilization by Robert Sheckley (1960)

Some stories make me feel like I know what will occur next. And I was wrong every time while reading this one which made me smile. An unabashedly Scifi narrative about a planet of criminals, this book continually asks questions about the nature of society and government in our daily lives. The author takes every opportunity to present the dichotomy between common Earth beliefs and those on Omega. How much of our own beliefs are affected by the people we meet and te laws that govern our existence? Will Barrent has to struggle with the questions when his memory is wiped and he is left on the criminal run planet of Omega. Told of his past crimes he has to struggle against what feels natural and the customs on Omega which frequently lead him in another direction. I urge you to pick up and read The Status Civilization.

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Deathworld by Harry Harrison (1960)

This book almost took over my life. Deathworld is a fast-paced sci-fi thriller that keeps the reader guessing at every turn. You follow Jason DinAlt as he gets in and out of increasingly difficult situations. Jason is an infamous criminal who has uncanny ability to win in the casino. After years of escaping from international police, Jason has developed a chip on his shoulder. He won’t take no for an answer and has to see anything himself before he really, truly believes it. This swagger comes to bite him in the butt sometimes and at other times it’s the only thing that keeps him alive. I can always relate to lone star characters who won’t take anything from anyone. Also, he has a beautiful logical mind. Go ahead and take the plunge. Crack open Deathworld.

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