When is someone going to reprint the Psi-Series novels by Mark Phillips?
“Mark Phillips” is the pseudonym of writers Randall Garrett & Laurence Mark Janifer. Three novellas were published, all in Astounding-Analog Science Fact & Fiction (ASF). They are “That Sweet Little Old Lady”, “Out Like a Light” (April 1960 cover shown) and “Occasion For Disaster”. These were re-edited and slightly lengthened into novels published by Pyramid Books in the 1960s.
“That Sweet Little Old Lady” as Brain Twister. “Out Like a Light” as The Impossibles and “Occasion For Disaster” as Supermind. Don’t let the 1960’s titles Pyramid put on the books fool you. These are solid SF stories, with a mystery element, more than a little humor and a terrific premise: Some people can use psionic power, and some of them use it to commit crimes. When that happens, Kenneth Malone — sometimes known as Sir Kenneth of The Queen’s Own FBI — has to track them down and put a stop to unlawful activities.
There are great reading, and deserve to be in print. Yes, Amazon has a Kindle edition, but these should also be available in paper & ink, either separately or in an omnibus edition.
Will someone please reprint these, ink-on-paper? It seems there are lots of possible publishers to take this on. So who will it be?
Addendum: Until we get the print versions, Scott Cupp [here] (who has an excellent column running over at SF Signal by the way) has informed me these books – and many other of Garrett’s works – are available from ManyBooks.net [here] and they are free downloads. So if you don’t mind reading on a screen, you could try that. A big, big thanks to Scott!