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Published: 1963
Language: English
Wordcount: 71,868 / 218 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 81.6
LoC Category: PS
Series: Psi-Power
Downloads: 3,826
Added to site: 2007.08.17 17953

F.B.I. space agent Ken Malone in a world that didn't exist.

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king for at the very end of the floor. It was the Computer Section, a large room filled with humming, clacking and buzzing machines of an ancient vintage, muttering to themselves as they worked, and newer machines which were smaller and more silent. Lights were lighting and bells were ringing softly, relays were relaying and the whole room was a gigantic maze of calculating and control machines. What space wasn't filled by the machines themselves was filled by workbenches, all littered with an assortment of gears, tubes, spare relays, transistors, wires, rods, bolts, resistors and all the other paraphernalia used in building the machines and repairing them. Beyond the basic room were other, smaller rooms, each assigned to a particular kind of computer work.

The narrow aisles were choked here and there with men who looked up as Malone passed by, but most of them gave him one quick glance and went back to work. A few didn't even do that, but went right on concentrating on their jobs. Malone headed for a


Average Rating of 3.5 from 2 reviews: ****

This third book after BrainTwister (also under the name of "That Sweet Little Old Lady") and "The Impossibles" concludes the story around FBI agent Ken Malone, so better read the other two books first.

What happened to the brunette he had fallen in love with so madly in the second book?

We don't get told if the authors still blink/wait for marriage this time - another thing we'll now never know.

One funny thing throughout all the books: People always use "visaphones" - telephones with screens to see each other - which was perhaps not one of the most surprising projections of the future - but one that couldn't have been more wrong... we have mobiles all over now, and many of them have cameras, but still this is rarely used to show the partners of the conversation to each other :)

It's nice that the story has a twist and the end to the trilogy is quite unexpected, else it would have become quite a bit boring.

As science fiction goes, the whole series doesn't have great visions - the books are detective stories with telepathy and teleporting.


R Stephan

This Psi SF story concludes the trilogy of an FBI agent investigating bizarre crimes. The quality and humor isn't worse than the other two, the writing very well, and the end a surprise. This series is one of the highlights of 1960s SF, and still recommended.

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