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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What do you mean ? " " He means , " Clifton answered , " that he is convinced that
the fall of the Quiroga government was the direct result of the speech you made
earlier today . It is even possible that he is right . But it is beside the point .
But to do that you ' ve got to have cargo , and cargo means trade , and profitable
trade means wide - open trade , with any ship free to go anywhere , no customs
nonsense and no restricted areas . Freedom ! And there you are ; you ' re in ...
I mean ' No ? You did ask me ; therefore there is doubt in your mind . So if you
expect me to present that name to the committee - as if I were Bonforte - then go
in and ask him . ” They both sat and said nothing . Finally Dak sighed and said ...
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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