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 turned my head ; the young woman called Penny was struggling to lift her head
from the other hydraulic bed and Dak was standing braced in the doorway . I
looked at him and said wonderingly , “ How do you manage to stand up ? " Part of
They would kill you right now , if they could get at you . But when you make this
public appearance as the Chief you ' ll be safe ; the circumstances will be such
that they can ' t afford to kill . ” He studied my face . " Wellpas I shook my head .
I looked at him sharply , trying to figure what went on inside that bony head . “
Would you actually put Bill in the brig if I asked for it ? ” He looked up , cocked a
brow , and grinned wryly . " No . A man doesn ' t get to be a captain operating on
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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