Robert Sheckley

Orb Books



Trade Paperback

224 Pages



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In the future, interstellar travel to alien worlds will be too expensive for most ordinary people. It certainly is for Marvin, a college student who wants to take a really good vacation. And so he signs up for what he can afford, a mindswap, in which your consciousness is swapped into the body of an alien lifeform. But Marvin is unlucky, and finds himself in the body of an interstellar criminal, a body that he has to vacate fast. But that criminal consciousness has stolen Marvin’s earthly body, and Marvin has to find a body on the black market.

Travel from world to world with Marvin, each one crazier than the last, as he keeps finding far from ideal bodies in awful situations, just to stay alive.


Praise for Mindswap

"Sheckley has long been considered one of the genre's leading humorists."—New York Times Book Review

"Mr. Sheckley—as might be expected of a writer who can wring praise from as diverse a group of peers as Kingsley Amis, Harlan Ellison, John le Carre and J. G. Ballard—has an engagingly madcap manner all his own."—The Wall Street Journal

"Sheckley at his best is Voltaire and soda."—Brian Aldiss

"Always he crackles with ideas."—J.G. Ballard

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CHAPTER 1MARVIN FLYNN READ THE FOLLOWING AD vertisement in the classified section of the Stanhope Gazette:Gentleman from Mars, age 43, quiet, studious, cultured, wishes to exchange bodies with similarly inclined Earth gentleman. August 1--September 1. References Exchanged. Brokers protected.This commonplace announcement was enough to set Flynn's pulse racing. To swap bodies with a Martian ... It was an exciting idea, but also a repellent one. After all, no one would want some sand-grubbing old Martian inside his head, moving his arms and legs, looking out of his eyes and listening with
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  • Robert Sheckley

  • One of the great living writers of SF, Robert Sheckley is distinguished by a bright, witty, pyrotechnic prose style and the portrayal of humorous absurdities in his fiction. He has been writing since the 1950s, is the author of more than forty books, and has been translated worldwide.