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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By the time we were in the torchship I was glad to be comfortably back in free fall
again; surge nausea is even worse than everyday dropsickness. But we did not
stay in free fall more than five minutes; the three men who were to go back in the
When my eyes refocused I saw that it was a very likely looking and adequately
mammalian young woman in singlet and shorts, swimming along head first in a
way that made clear that free fall was no novelty to her. She glanced at me
Dak, I've decided not to stay dirtside tonight; my gimp leg has been bothering me
and I'm looking forward to a real rest in free fall." I hated free fall but Bonforte did
not. "Will you or Rog make my apologies to the Commissioner, and so forth?
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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