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 almost stumbledand Willem was up out of his throne like a shot and steadied my
arm . I heard a gasp go around the hall . He smiled at me and said sotto voce , “
Take it easy , old friend . We ' ll make this short . ” He helped me to the stool ...
ISWA " Why , Willem ? " " Because you and I are patient men . See that ? ” 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 flashy ; his business is to conserve , to hang on , to roll ...
Since you are standing in for him , call me ' Willem , ' as he does . Did you know
that was how I spotted you ? " “ No , Si - no , Willem . " " He ' s called me Willem
for twenty years . I thought it decidedly odd that he would quit it in private simply ...
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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