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The Changeling Worlds
By Kenneth Bulmer
Cover artist: Ed Valigursky
Another Valigursky Robot, this one sporting the less-than-practical tentacled arm design inspired by War of the Worlds and very popular in sf magazine robot illustrations of the 1920s. This was the last robot illustration Valigursky ever did for Ace, unless you count the Android Avenger (Ace M-123), but that's not the full body, just the head and only half at that.
In his career, Henry Kenneth Bulmer wrote over 160 novels, 52 or 53 (who's counting? Some are, but nobody seems to agree.) of them in the "Dray Prescot" series, his most popular and successful character made in the mold of Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter tales. Amazingly prolific, in the 1970s he averaged seven novels a year writing an astounding 12 novels in 1975 alone. If you've never heard of Bulmer, or only seen a few books here and there that were authored by him that could be because he used more than 20 different pseudonyms in the course of his career. In fact, he used so many different names, that what inspired him to publish the relatively few books that he did under his own name is a mystery to us. Though, while Bulmer wrote in many different genres under many different pseudonyms, it was mostly for science fiction that his own name was reserved.
The Changeling Worlds, published in 1959, is not a part of one of his many ongoing series, but an independent stand-alone novel.