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 did not dare risk taking the impersonation on a tour of Earth , much less make a
trip to Venus ; the Farleyfile system would break down if I attempted to mix with
crowds , not to mention the unknown hazards of the Actionist goon squads - what
... and the districtless constituencies vote before Earth does , and even on Earth
an election " day ” is more than thirty hours long , as the globe turns . But now we
began to get the important districts of the great land masses of Earth . We 180.
districts of the great land masses of Earth . We had forged far ahead the day
before in the outer returns and Rog had had to tell me that it meant nothing ; the
Expansionists always carried the outer worlds . What the billions of people still on
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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