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Man of Earth

by Algis Budrys

Cover artist: Richard Powers

Publisher: Ballantine

Pub year: 1955

Cover price: 35¢


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Cover tagline

A fascinating science fiction novel of a man who chose his own physical structure

Back cover text

His only escape was to become another man!

Allen Sibley was a frightened little man — frightened for his life. In the corrupt, swindling world of cutthroat big business in which he was an important and pseudo-respectable figure, Allen Sibley had made the unforgivable error — he had been found out. And worse, someone had known this would happen, someone who waited quietly to collect Allen Sibley's entire fortune in exchange for a gamble — but it was the only gamble which might save Sibley his life!

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Interior text

Who was he?

Allen Sibley wanted to be a hero. All his life this shrinking little man had connived and maneuvered brilliantly in the corrupt business world — and all his life he had wanted to be different, a man of action, direct and sure.

So when circumstances forced him to do it, he took a new name — Sullivan — and bought himself a new body: big, strong and healthy.

And then he gradually learned that he had a new mind — which was neither Sibley's nor Sullivan's.