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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We can ' t afford a news story about a Martian killing a human . So shut up and
help me . " I shut up and helped him . It steadied me to recall that " Benny Grey ”
had been the worst of sadistic psychopaths , who had enjoyed dismembering his
Human languages fall into four groups : inflecting ones as in Anglo - American ,
positional as in Chinese , agglutinative as in Old Turkish , polysynthetic (
sentence units ) as in Eskimo - to which , of course , we now add alien structures
as wildly ...
The situation on Venus was more ticklish , with the Venerians split into dozens of
splinter parties divided on fine points of theology impossible for a human being to
understand . Nevertheless , we expected most of the native vote , either directly ...
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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