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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The Martian language gave me my greatest worry . Like most actors , I had
picked up enough Martian , Venerian , Outer Jovian , etc . , to be able to fake in
front of a camera or on stage . But those rolled or fluttered consonants are very
Penny picked me up . Dak , Bill scheduled a press conference , I believe . Where
is it ? ... If you will go to Gate 3 , I ' ll phone and have a field car pick you up . " "
Very good . Out . ” " Out , sir . " I handed the phone to Penny to put back in its ...
Sir ? ” His eyebrows shot up and he waited for me to correct my obvious mistake .
I reached into Bonforte ' s favorite clichés and picked one he used to reprove
bumptiousness . “ Son , suppose you tend to your knitting and I tend to mine .
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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