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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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
your face , well , one or the other of us isn ' t going to be in any shape to talk .
Dubois was saying: "Dak, you bloody, stupid, unprintable, illegal and highly
improbable obscenity, do you want us both to wind up counting rocks on Titan?
This conceited pipsqueak will spill his guts." I almost missed Broadbent's answer.
It brought Dubois' eyes back to me. He looked at me, started to look away, his
eyes snapped back, then he looked at my clothes. Broadbent guffawed and
clapped him on the shoulder. "And you said he couldn't act!" He added sharply, "
Did you ...
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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