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Not much to go on but I've kept looking for years, hope someone can help.

About 25 years ago I bought a second-hand book from a camp site shop in the UK. It was about a man transported to an alien planet/alternate dimension, possibly from a building site? He finds a green woman and a form of transport that is a floating black object, possibly a cube. I remember the cover looking quite old.

The only further thing I can think of is that I think the cover had a blonde man on it with a silly long bowl cut (think He-Man) and a green woman with a black bob. I bought the book early 90s and I think it was probably 60's or 70's. It was in English. I've racked my brain and searched Google for years but never got anywhere. I don't know why I keep searching as I clearly can't remember the book well!

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    Please look through the checklists here and try to add any more info you can think of. This is currently very little to go on. Apr 8, 2021 at 18:21
  • Thanks so much for your response and sorry for the lack of detail. The only further thing I can think of is that I think the cover had a blonde man on it with a silly long bowl cut (think heman) and a green woman with a black bob. I bought the book early 90s and I think it was probably 60's or 70's. It was in English. I've racked my brain and searched Google for years but never got anywhere. I don't know why I keep searching as I clearly can't remember the book well! Haha
    – Vix
    Apr 8, 2021 at 18:33

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This "green woman" memory might possibly be from Chaining the Lady, the second book of the Cluster series by Piers Anthony.

There was no green woman in the book itself, but there was one on at least one version of the cover.

In this book, Melody of Mintaka is chosen to have her "aura" transferred to another "sphere" to pass along the technology of "Transfer" -- this mind transference itself. She is chosen because her aura is exceptionally strong (as was the case for Flint in the first book); this gives her a better chance to survive the slow fading of her aura long enough to pass along the knowledge and perhaps even be transferred back to her own body.

The first book, however, Cluster, featured Flint, a stone age artisan (named for his working material), who was chosen for the same task, but was initially human. He did encounter a flying machine at one point that was basically a box in which he put his feet.

I suspect you might have read an omnibus edition with all three of the original trilogy in a single volume, and a cover taken from the second book.

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  • Thank you so much for such a fast and comprehensive answer! I'm going to go and have a proper look at these books now. Sometimes I wonder if I'm remembering it correctly at all as this sounds intensely familiar!
    – Vix
    Apr 8, 2021 at 18:45
  • Sadly I don't think it was this series, although, it looks good so I'll give it a read! Thank you so much for your help and information.
    – Vix
    Apr 8, 2021 at 19:29
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    Okay, doesn't match additional information you added in comments. Very 1980s, though. Also read the Tarot trilogy by the same author; they're connected (and one or both might be more than three books since I read them as they came out; he's admitted he can't count to three).
    – Zeiss Ikon
    Apr 8, 2021 at 19:34

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