50sScienceFiction TradingPlaces What was that book?
April 27, 2012 7:05 PM Subscribe
Yet another ID this SF novel, from no later than the mid-1960s, British, which featured two physically similar guys, from two completely different environemnts, who trade places for a month or two.
The one from our world, a meek, sickly British prole, living his life of quiet desperation in a row house with his wife. The other, a bored starship captain, weary with ennui at how he can have anything he desires. They both decide to commit suicide by jumping into the river -- but instead of the quick impact they both wind up flying through a gray void, even passing each other -- and then each is somehow mistaken for the other, futuristic medicine rapidly rendering our hero into a strong, vigorous guy who act the role, using unexpected tactics to win a space battle. Meanwhile back in England our other hero beats up the neighborhood bully, winning 'his' wife's adoring respect . Then somewhow, again they're hurtling through the void, passing each other midway, and upon arrival finding that each has improved the other's lot, happy endings all around. "Tomorrow" may have been in the title. What was it?