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Luckily Martian is analogous to human speech forms. Basic Martian, the trade
language, is positional and involves only simple concrete ideas— like the
greeting: "I see you." High Martian is poly- synthetic and very stylized, with an
I don't care whether the speech is politically effective or not; my job is to carry out
a characterization. I can't do that if I put into the mouth of the character words that
he would never use; it would sound as forced and phony as a goat spouting ...
"I just wanted to say don't believe what Bill said about writing his speeches!" "I
didn't. I've heard his speeches— and I've read this." "Oh, Bill does submit drafts, ...
But when he delivers a speech, it is his, every word of it." "I believe you. I wish he
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Stevil2001 - LibraryThing
I was surprised how much I liked this book. It's a relatively simple and predictable plot: Lorenzo Smythe is an actor hired to impersonate a politician at a key political moment. Only thing is, the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing
An actor finds himself in a dangerous role. he is told the president of mars has been kidnapped, and he gets the job. But he finds out the kidnappers are also the men who have hired him.... Read full review