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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... at once into the Martian city . It made sense , but it seemed strange that I would
be safer among Martians than among my own kind . It seemed even stranger to
be on Mars . Mr . Commissioner Boothroyd was a Humanity Party appointee , 75.
The room had housed the prisoner , certainly , for there was a bed in it which
seemed to have been occupied continuously for at least a week , a pot of coffee
was still hot , and wrapped in a towel on a shelf was an old - fashioned
Something was the matter . Not the day , certainly . It was almost balmy , with the
sun burning brightly in clear , purple Martian sky . The traffic , wheel and foot ,
seemed to pay no attention to us , or at least such attention was for the pretty
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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