The literalism somehow makes “planet swapping” an activity on a par with marbles or Panini stickers. “Hey, you’ve got a spare Mars-like desert planet. I’ve got a double of a terraformed human-habitable world. Meet you behind the bike sheds at break time.”
Possibly Mike Meyers was inspired by this cover for the nude scenes in Austin Powers.
Those are planets? They’re a bit small, AA planet size? I mean that dude on the left is standing on one that he is nearly taller than.
The artist is a genius. Seriously. Good show sir.
@James, theres definately a air of future school boys swaping football stickers. I’ll swap you Tony Adams prime and Gary Neville for your Eric Cantona planet?
(in my reality, they’ll run out of names for planets and name them after 90′s celebrities. Don’t go to the water planet of Barrymore, it’s a trap)
See also _Goddess in Granite_ by Robert F. Young, the plot of which involves someone mountain-climbing up a giant land formation in the precise shape of a lady in the altogether, and going into rhapsodies over her. (Personally I prefer women to be more alive and not weigh several billion tons.)
ISFDB tells me that they were written at about the same time (_The World Swappers_ was 1959, _Goddess in Granite_ was 1957). Maybe there was something in the air? It *was* just before the sixties, after all.
Re: Planet Swapping
This sounds like a Monty Python sketch written by Douglas Adams… Complainant:”This Planet Earth is dead…,
Shopkeeper: “No, it”s merely tired & shagged out after a long geologic era, Wonderful blue Oceans, though….”.
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