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 needed a face as commonplace , as impossible to remember as the true face of
the immortal Alec Guinness . Unfortunately my aristocratic features are entirely
too distinguished , too handsome - a regrettable handicap for a character actor .
But I can tell you this : a set of personal characteristics was fed into the big
computer at the System Census Bureau at The Hague and the machine
compared them with the personal characteristics of every male professional actor
You - actor ! " She jumped up , ran as far as she could - which was only to the
door - and stood there , faced away from me , her face buried in her hands and
her shoulders shaking with sobs . I made a tremendous effort and lifted myself out
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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