One minute, down and out actor Lorenzo Smythe was -- as usual -- in a bar, drinking away his troubles as he watched his career go down the tubes. Then a space pilot bought him a drink, and the next thing Smythe knew, he was shanghaied to Mars.
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Robert Anson Heinlein. " It ' s a calculated risk . ” Broadbent turned back to me .
Dubois grabbed his arm , swung him around . “ Calculated risk be damned ! Dak ,
I ' ve strung along with you in the past - - but this time before I ' ll let you shoot off ...
I almost missed Broadbent ' s answer . Conceited indeed ! Aside from a cold
appreciation of my own genius I felt that I was a modest man . Broadbent : “ . . .
doesn ' t matter if the game is crooked when it ' s the only game in town . Jock ,
there is ...
I have been assured by friend Broadbent that the work is such as not to trouble
my conscience - and I trust him . He has assured me that he needs an actor . But
the business affairs of the producer are not my concern . I accept . " Dubois
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - baswood - LibraryThing
This 1956 Hugo award winning novel is included in the science fiction masterwork series and either has not aged well or was a lack lustre rip-off from the start. It takes as a basis for its story the ... Read full review
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