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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All I wanted out of life was money enough to keep body and soul together and a
chance to practice my art ; cops - and - robbers nonsense did not interest me -
poor theater at best . Jefferson Port seemed handmade to carry out my scheme .
Ordinarily we discourage passengers from getting out of the boost tanks when we
are torching at anything over one and a half gees — too much chance that some
idiot will fall over his own feet and break a leg . But I once saw a really tough ...
I really do believe we stand a chance of getting away with it . ” He looked me up
and down , then said , “ Turn around , Smythe . Move around . I want to see you
walk . ” I found that I was actually feeling the annoyance that Bonforte would have
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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