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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"I was going to add," Corpsman went on, turning to Clifton, "before the Skipper
here got the jitters, that I can take it myself and tell the boys that the Chief has dry
laryngitis from the ceremonies— or we can limit it to written questions submitted ...
Before Rog could answer, Bill Corpsman came bursting into my cabin without
knocking, looked at us, and said sharply to Clifton, "Have you told him?" "Yes,"
agreed Clifton. "He's turned down the job." "Huh? Nonsense!" "It's not nonsense,"
"He's here?" "Yes." Clifton hesitated. "We put him in what is supposed to be the
wife's room of your bedroom suite. It was the only place where we could maintain
utter privacy and still give him the care he needs. I hope you don't mind." "Not at ...
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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