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 limped over and offered my hand. The ship was at the moment under low boost
as it ... He took his cigar out of his mouth, shook hands, and said quietly, "Glad to
see you back, Chief." He was a small man, bald- headed and middle-aged, and ...
"Good." I turned to Bill Corpsman, again offered my hand. He did not take it.
Instead he put his fists on his hips, looked up at me, and whistled. "Amazing! I
really do believe we stand a chance of getting away with it." He looked me up
and down, ...
my collarbone and rubbed my chin, moved his wand from under my arm to my
hand and fiddled with it. He was watching with delight. So I added an encore.
Taking the middle of the rug, I gave the peroration of one of his finest speeches,
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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