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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It was an expensive suite, as I had expected, but it was littered and there were at
least a dozen used glasses and as many coffee cups scattered here and there; it
took no skill to see that I was merely the latest of many visitors. Sprawled on a ...
Dak grinned and said, "Got your lead britches on? Open it, go through at once,
and straight up the ladder into the ship. If you don't stop to scratch, you'll make it
with at least three seconds to spare." I believe I made it with five seconds to spare
libelous, it was at least unkind. The date of the clipping proves, incidentally, that
he could not have been in New Batavia, or anywhere else, during the campaign
of '15. I suppose I should burn it. But there is no one left alive today who knows ...
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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