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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Robert Anson Heinlein. you are a mechanic who has been making some last -
minute adjustment - - and you ' ll have greasy coveralls and a tool kit to back it up
. Surely an actor of your skill can play the part of a mechanic for a few minutes ?
But — what a rolel I had once played the lead in L ' Aiglon and I had played
Caesar in the only two plays about him worthy of the name . But to play such a
role in life - well , it is enough to make one understand how a man could go to the
Hell , I could play it with one foot in a bucket and a smell of smoke backstage . To
begin with , there was no problem of physique ; Bonforte and I could have
swapped clothes without a wrinkle . These childish conspirators who had
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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