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Brain Twister by Mark Phillips (Pyramid Books, 1962)
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Brain Twister by Mark Phillips (Pyramid Books, 1962)

Mark Phillips was the joint pseudonym used by science fiction writers Lawrence Mark Janifer and Randall Philip Garrett in the early 1960s. Together they authored several humorous short novels in the so-called "Psi-Power" series: Brain Twister (1962), The Impossibles (1963), and Supermind (1963). For Brain Twister they were nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1960 (under the novel's original title, "That Sweet Little Old Lady"). A pseudonym (Greek: false name) is a fictitious name used by an individual as an alternative to his or her legal name. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Laurence M. Janifer (March 17, 1933- July 10, 2002) was a science fiction author. ... Randall Garrett (December 16, 1927 - December 31, 1987) was a prolific writer for Astounding and other science fiction magazines in the 1950s. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... Winners of the Hugo Award for best novel. ...


Laurence Janifer and Randall Garrett

Laurence Janifer was a prolific science fiction author, with a career spanning over 50 years. Though his first published work was a short story in Cosmos magazine in 1953, his career as a writer can be said to have started in 1959 when he began writing for Astounding and Galaxy Science Fiction. Janifer's best known work is the "Survivor" series, comprised of five novels and many short stories. Note that this partial list contains some authors whose works of fantastic fiction would today be called science fiction, even if they predate, or did not work in that genre. ... This article is in need of attention. ... Cosmos is an Australian popular magazine that is published six times a year. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1953 calendar). ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Astounding Stories was a seminal science fiction magazine founded in 1930. ... The Puppet Masters by Robert A. Heinlein in Galaxy, Sept. ...


In the early 1960s Janifer teamed with Randall Garrett, a prolific contributor to Astounding and other science fiction magazines who is today best known for the Lord Darcy books. In hopes of replicating the success of spy stories such as James Bond (which were hugely popular at the time), the pair decided to combine a traditional spy narrative with humor and extra-sensory perception to appeal to readers of science fiction. Astounding Stories was a seminal science fiction magazine founded in 1930. ... Lord Darcy is a fictional character used in a number of stories by Randall Garrett. ... Spy and secret agent redirect here; for alternate use, see Spy (disambiguation) and Secret agent (disambiguation). ... The James Bond 007 gun logo James Bond, also known as 007 (pronounced double-oh seven), is a fictional British spy created by writer Ian Fleming in 1953. ... Extra-sensory perception, or ESP, is the ability to acquire information by means other than the known senses, i. ...


Psi-Power Series

The first story they wrote in this so-called "Psi-Power" series was "That Sweet Little Old Lady," published in the Sept./Oct. 1959 edition of Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact. Subsequent stories including "Out Like a Light" (Analog, Apr./May/June 1960), and "Occasion for Disaster" (Analog, Nov./Dec. 1960 and Jan./Feb. 1961). All of the stories were novella length and were subsequently reprinted in 1962 and '63 by Pyramid Books under different titles ("That Sweet Little Old Lady" as Brain Twister, "Out Like a Light" as The Impossibles, and "Occasion for Disaster" as Supermind). Astounding Stories was a seminal science fiction magazine founded in 1930. ... A novella is a short novel; a narrative work of prose fiction somewhat longer than a short story but shorter than a novel. ...


"That Sweet Little Old Lady" (Brain Twister) was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1960 but lost out to Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein. Winners of the Hugo Award for best novel. ... Starship Troopers is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1959. ... Heinlein autographing at the 1976 Worldcon Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was one of the most influential and controversial authors of hard science fiction. ...


Laurence Janifer and Randall Garrett did not work together on any other stories after the completion of the Psi-Power series.


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