The Witches of Karres Author:James H. Schmitz Review — This is a slambang space happy fantasy and it's fun although it won't appeal to the Sci-Fi sophisticate. Dauntless young Captain Pausert is just about to settle down to a reasonable life as a commercial trader but then he meets the wackiest witches in the galaxy. There's Maleen, a Jr. Miss witch who is multi-skilled, her tiny little brot... more »her Leewit who specializes in teleporting, and her gamin little sister Goth who has an ear/earth shattering variety of whistles. They also possess a new space drive that makes his ship, the Venture, a sought after prize and Captain Pausert finds himself in the middle of a multitude of world wars. But he also discovers that he too has unsuspected talents which he puts to good use in dealing with such factions as the "Worm World," a menace controlled by a monstrous robot brain and a "self- inflated cosmic clown" known as a "Vatch." And then he's hard put to keep up with the kids, particularly Goth who has marked him as her future mate. Mr. Schmitz has imagination and a good comic sense which keeps the action fluid. (Kirkus Reviews) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Captain Pausert thought his luck had finally turned-but he did not yet realize it was a turn for the worse. On second thought, make that a turn for the disastrous! Pausert thought he had made good with his battered starship, successfully selling off odd-ball cargoes no one else could sell. And then he made the mistake of freeing three slave children from their masters (who were suspiciously eager to part with them). No good deed goes unpunished, and those harmless-looking young ladies were just trying to be helpful, but those three adorable little girls quickly made Pausert the mortal enemy of his fianc?e, his home planet, the Empire, warlike Sirians, psychopathic Uldanians, the dread pirate chieftain Laes Yango-and even the Worm World, the darkest threat to mankind in all of space. And all because those harmless-looking little girls were in fact three of the notorious and universally feared Witches of Karres. A rollicking novel from the master of space adventure.« less