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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... Emperor well and had met him only on a few official occasions— Bonforte's first
service as Supreme Minister had been before old Emperor Frederick's death.
There was no biography below the line, but just a notation, "See House of
The only thing regal about it was a carved wall plaque, the coat of arms of the
House of Orange, with its deathless motto, "I MaintainF There was a big, flat desk,
littered with papers. In the middle of it, held down by a pair of metal-plated baby ...
He pointed at the plaque of his house. " 'I Maintain!' It's not a flashy rule but it is
not a king's business to be ... I never liked having the banner of Orange on a
convict ship. Free trade?" "After the election, yes." "What are you going to use for
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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