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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But they would be able to see that Rrringriil had killed Jock - and we can ' t have
that . Not now we can ' t . " " Huh ? " “ 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 .
Matter of fact , this time , for political reasons you will presently understand , the
laddies we are up against won ' t dare to try to kill the Chief - or to kill you when
you are doubling for the Chief . They are playing rough - as you knowl - and they
Wouldn ' t their purpose be better served - and with less risk - just by killing him ?
... They would not mind in the least if the whole human race were to die or be
killed - but to kill this one human being to keep him from being adopted , that ' s ...
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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