Sci-Fi Trying to find titles and/or copies of a couple of old Science Fiction Books


Aug 31, 2010
North Texas
I've lost track of a couple of books that I want to relocate and or replace in my collection.

I don't remember the title of either, but one was fairly distinctive. This one was probably in the 1970s. It had a cover which featured one of the principal characters. These characters could assume any shape that they wished. And this one looked like a regular humanoid, but instead of a head it had a couple dancing on a platform at the place which normally would be its neck. The story I don't remember much of, though I remember liking it. It was placed in some sort of alternate reality where there was a small group of individuals (seven I think) who each controlled their own section of that reality, completely. There was some cooperation among them and some strife. But the character who chose to manifest with the dancing couple instead of a head, was distinctive enough that I think that if anybody else still has this book, or remembers a title, author or publisher, it will be pretty obvious to them.

The other one is a book that had little epigram quotes at the beginning of each or most chapters, and several of them were attributed to "Madame Lao Tsu", intended to refer to the wife of the founder of Daoism. This one was probably from the 1980s. And this one, unfortunately I don't remember the specifics of either, but maybe this will trigger a memory in someone?

Thanks for any assistance,


This is news, Vincenzo, NEWS!
Jan 30, 2009
good luck. not much to go on.
you know, I think I might have read the 2nd, but have no memory of.


Aug 9, 2017
Your first one sounds very like one of the Michael Moorcock books. Most likely "dancers at the end of time"
It has had a few different covers over the years but I think one of the early versions had a cover as you describe
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