The Man who Saved the Universe—Without a Body—Returns!
As the editors of Amazing Stories, the magazine where the Mayhem stories appeared, described him in one issue: "If you've never read a Johnny Mayhem story before, you are in for a treat. Johnny, who wears different bodies the way ordinary people wear clothes, is one of the most fascinating series characters in science fiction."
Here three more of the never-reprinted Johnny Mayhem novelettes. The first story, "A Place in the Sun," takes place on the starship Glory of the Galaxy, where the most important statesmen in the galaxy are being held captive and shot straight toward Earth's sun. The original magazine blurb read: "Mayhem, the man of many bodies, had been given some weird assignments in his time, but saving The Glory of the Galaxy wasn’t just difficult—it was downright impossible!"
The second Mayhem adventure, "Think Yourself to Death," involves a gender-change adventure on a planet of Ophiuchus. As the magazine's editors described it: "Intrigue with a nice SF touch: our hero and 'mayhem' fighter can change bodies the way you change your mind."
In the final story in this volume, "Get Out of My World," Johnny is off to Partap's Planet, whose stubborn residents resist evacuation when their sun is about to go nova. Here is how the editors described this adventure in the original blurb: "In this hair-raiser, he climbs into the most amazing 'garment' he ever 'wore,' and hikes out into space to straighten out a situation nobody wants straightened. And so the universal slogan becomes, 'Lets Murder Mayhem.'"
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