I'm trying to find the title of a book I read sometime between 85 and 95 in German. It could have been written much earlier, and it was most likely translated from English. I think it had a "book to the movie" sticker on the cover, but all googling for the movie or book failed so far.

What I remember:

  • brain transplants are safe and affordable enough to rent a body for a holiday. This is achieved with a robotic surgeon removing the brain and spinal cord from the old body and reattaching all nerves in the new body.
  • an overweight guy leaves his dominating mother to take a holiday on a space cruise, renting a new body for the trip. I think through a bribe he manages to rent the body belonging to an assassin that was held in storage while the assassin was on an assignment. At some point a small alien is revealed to be living in one of the legs.
  • the assassin returns from the assignment and gets the body of the overweight guy to follow him onto the cruise to get his body back. He later discovers that the body contained an implant producing a permanent feeling of guilt.
  • overall villain is a human-alien hybrid that has a robotic container attached to his spine that contains four additional brains. He owns the cruise ship and I think he tries to crash / blow it up somewhere. Though details are getting fuzzy, there.
  • Is it a book (as per the title) or a movie (as per the last paragraph) ? Commented Dec 26, 2015 at 10:55
  • The book definitely exists, and that's what I read. Though I'm curious about the movie as well, and it will be easy enough to find one if I found the other.
    – user1387
    Commented Dec 26, 2015 at 11:10

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In case anyone was wondering:

Star Fall (1980) by David Bischoff, the first in the "Star Fall" series. (ISBN: 0-425-04524-2)

Book cover

It has taken the combined genius of Human and Morapn civilization to create Star Fall, the vast interstellar liner with luxurious accommodations for every type of intelligent life in the known galaxy, now booking for her maiden voyage. This historic cruise will take her to the legend-shrouded center of the universe itself, old Earth, where her arrival will usher in a new era of peace and understanding.

Or so the brochure said. But someone, or something, hadn’t read the brochure. For hidden on the Star Fall is a box of anti-matter.

Just a small box ... one that is just large enough to implode Earth.

I finally found the right combination of keywords to find it in Google. :)

Per ISFDB, it has a sequel called Star Spring (1982).

  • No problem. Are there any preferred tags or markup for author or isbn?
    – user1387
    Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 10:23
  • Not in particular. Most people link to Goodreads and include whatever plot summary is there as a quote, just to help people searching in the future, providing more keywords to work with.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 11:59

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