The Impossibles is the second novel in the series detailing the exploits of FBI agent Kenneth Malone as he confronts various enemies armed with psychic abilities. Malone was first introduced in Brain Twister, and The Impossibles is an expanded version of the story “Out Like a Light” in Astounding Science Fiction in April, May, and June of 1960.
Malone, who succeeds more by luck than by competence, finds himself trying to track down that scourge of the 50’s and 60’s, a gang of juvenile delinquents. By modern standards this gang is relatively harmless, but they do have two distinguishing traits, a penchant for stealing red 1972 Cadillacs and a talent for invisibility. The latter is, of course, impossible, which means that Malone must discover what their real ability is.
1960 was a much kinder, gentler time, and we see Malone acting like a typical FBI agent, that is smoking cigarettes, drinking, chasing pretty girls, and wearing a hat. Of course, as the story takes place in the far future of 1972, there are orbital satellites, man has landed on the moon, and everyone has a videophone.
We also find Malone working with his crew from Brain Twister, Agent Boyd and Queen Elizabeth the First (Rose Thompson), and reporting to his boss Andrew J. Burris (the theory is he became the head of the FBI because he had the initial J. in his name,) and the authors are still poking fun at any target they can find.
Resurrected Press is happy to offer you The Impossibles for your enjoyment, and hope you will stick around for the thrilling conclusion of the Malone sage in Supermind.
About the Author
Mark Phillips was the pen named used by Randall Garrett and Laurence Janifer for the three novels, Brain Twister, The Impossibles, and Supermind. The pair was nominated for a Hugo for best novel for Brain Twister in 1960. They also collaborated on the novel Pagan Passions.
Gordon Randall Garrett (December 16, 1927-December 31, 1987) was a prolific author of science fiction and fantasy. He was a regular contributor to Astounding and other magazines during the 50’s and 60’s. He is best known for his alternate reality stories featuring the detective Lord Darcy who lives in a world where the Plantagenates still rule an Anglo-French empire and magic works. He wrote under a number of pseudonyms including David Gordon, John Gordon, Ivar Jorgensen, Darrel T. Langart, Gerald Vance and others. He collaborated on several works with Laurence Janifer and with Robert Silverberg as Robert Randall. He was a founding member of the Society for Creative Anachronism.
Laurence M. Janifer
Laurence M. Janifer (March 17, 1933-July 10, 2002) was born in Brooklyn, New York. Originally named Laurence M. Harris, he changed his name to Janifer, which was the name of his Polish grandfather. Starting with the publication of a story in 1959 his writing career spanned three decades. Many of his early stories were published under the name Larry M. Harris. He collaborated on a number of stories and novels with Randall Garrett, often using the pseudonym Mark Phillips. In addition to his career as a writer, he served as an editor for various magazines and literary agencies.