May 24

Out for his morning stroll, John waves to some passers by.Click for full image

Hex Comments: There’s really not much I can say about this one, except that _someone_ in the design process for this book was taking the piss.

Thanks to Hex!

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 7.95 out of 10)

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35 Responses to “The World Swappers”

  1. Sage Tyrtle Says:

    That brea – I mean, planet – the PLANET on the left is kind of smushy for something presumably made of rock.

  2. Simon Says:


  3. e.lee Says:

    It’s the deleted ending from the 1968 Planet of the Apes film ! “Damn you! God damn you all to hell!”

  4. Phil Nichols Says:

    Cover art by Benny Hill.

  5. James Lovegrove Says:

    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.

  6. cutmanmike Says:

    Hahaha GOOD SHOW SIR whoever made that

  7. DeadRobot Says:

    (Using my best Shatner voice)

    Oh. I have. A loverly.


    Of Coco. Nuts.

    Big ones. Smallones!!

  8. SI Says:

    I used to have a girlfriend who’d do that. Be as cold as ice. *cymbal crash* I know what you were thinking you dirty minded people.

    I’m here all week.

  9. CSA Says:

    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)

  10. Counter Culture Clown Says:

    Maybe it’s me, but those men in the picture don’t seem nearly in a big enough panic. I mean, there is a giant head of a hermaphrodite made of ice right there! That’s some freaky shit…

  11. Tom Noir Says:

    I’ve supplied the deleted word bubbles for the little guys in the foreground:

    “Hey giant ice head!”

    “Wassup massive ice lady!”

    “Ice hair!”

  12. Adam Roberts Says:

    e.lee wins the thread.

  13. Nix Says:

    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.

  14. Austin Powers Says:

    Boobies! Keeping abreast of the situation. A little tit for tat. OK, I’ll stop.

  15. Brian B Says:

    It is just me or do those hands seem a little awkwardly positioned and a bit too masculine to belong to the ice lady? This begs a question: who has the courage to cop a feel of the planet breasts?

  16. WG Says:

    Nice globes.

  17. jere7my Says:

    “Swapping” is not what is happening to those planets. I think this book may actually be Brunner’s lost masterpiece, “The Planet Fondlers”.

  18. Tom Noir Says:

    Incidentally, I think THIS should have been the cover to “The Shape of Sex to Come.”

  19. Phil Nichols Says:

    I think this Rolling Stone cover featuring Janet Jackson was inspired by THE WORLD SWAPPERS:

  20. anon Says:

    Old ice lady with a flaky skin.
    What’s not to like?

  21. Mark V Thomas Says:

    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….”.

  22. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    On May 21, 1946, physicist Louis Slotin allowed two subcritical uranium spheres to come into contact, briefly generating a supercritical pulse of neutrons and a bright blue nude woman.

    In the aftermath, J. Robert Oppenheimer remarked, ‘Now I am become Hubba Hubba Hubba, the Swapper of Worlds.’

  23. Tat Wood Says:

    I can’t help seeing the ice-woman as Fanny Cradock.

  24. A.R.Yngve Says:

    They saw an incredibly dumb book cover and became…

  25. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I like that the White Walkers are diversifying, but I’m not sure about their criteria.

  26. Tom Noir Says:

    You do not want to fall through that ice.

  27. B. Chiclitz Says:

    That little smudge on the right edge actually looks like one of the strolling spacemen. I think he is trying to levitate himself off of this cover.

  28. fred Says:

    It’s like that Sopranos ep where Tony is road tripping his daughter checking out private colleges in Maine and comes across the mob informant in witness protection. He couldn’t draw lips either.

  29. Bibliomancer Says:

    “World Swappers? … That’s a bit much for us. We thought your ad said “wife swappers” …

  30. B. Chiclitz Says:

    She ought to know spiked hair went out with the 90s.

  31. Raoul Says:

    Reminds me of Austin Powers.
    Yeah, Baby!

  32. B. Chiclitz Says:

    The girl on the cover of Brunner
    Had boobs that were half of a bummer
    The left* looked like Mars
    All arid and scarred
    But the right one was Earthlike, and funner.

    *as seen from the reader’s perspective

  33. Francis Boyle Says:

    A story about a world were people worship a giant ice sculpture of Kellyanne Conway. Must be, wait for it, alternative history.

  34. JuanPaul Says:

    @FB that explains it. Those must be Trump’s little hands. *shudders*

  35. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    That flying wing looks a bit like the slice-shaped spacecraft from Earthgrip. Also, it’s going to clear her coif by maybe a handspan.

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