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 ...
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
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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