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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A few minutes later there is a fracas ; you lose your nerve . Later you try to run out
on me at the field . Only ten minutes ago you were screaming to be taken back
dirtside . Maybe you are a better actor than Trowbridge . I wouldn ' t know .
Three minutes ! Red warning ! Two gravities . Three minutes ! ” Then the hooting
started again . Through the racket I heard Dak ask urgently , " Is the projector all
set ? The tapes ready ? ” " Sure , sure ! " " Got the hypo ? ” Dak squirmed around
Four minutes to spare , " he said happily . “ This is a nice car . I wish I owned it .
Rog , ease up a touch and give me room . " Clifton did so , Dak chopped the
driver expertly on the side of his neck with the edge of his hand ; the man went
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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