The Power (novel)

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The Power is a 1956 science fiction novel by Frank M. Robinson. Its protagonist, a researcher named Tanner, discovers evidence of a person with psychic abilities among his coworkers. As he tries to uncover the superhuman, his existence is erased and his associates murdered, until he faces a showdown with an apparently undefeatable opponent.

The novel was made into a Studio One television episode and a 1968 film under the same name.


Galaxy reviewer Floyd C. Gale praised the novel as "a harrowing chase that will have you biting your nails."[1] Anthony Boucher found that the novel's logical extrapolation was "not so much absurd as just absent. . . . . there has never been a less credible picture of the next step in evolution"; but he, too, praised Robinson's melodramatic storytelling.[2]


  1. ^ "Galaxy's 5 Star Shelf", Galaxy Science Fiction, October 1955, p.93
  2. ^ "Recommended Reading," F&SF, July 1956, p.94.