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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Now there they were , standing on their pedestals around a table , pretending to
be people . I had not even heard the air conditioning speed up . The free drink in
front of me did not attract me ; I simply wanted my host to come back so that I ...
But that might take months ; later they found a " better ” way , one which would
turn a man into a babbling slave in seconds - simply . inject any one of several
cocaine derivatives into his frontal brain lobes . The filthy practice had first been ...
He simply picked up the list and said , “ Very well , Chief . ” Later that same day
Bill quit . I suppose Rog had to tell him that his arm - twisting had not worked . But
when Rog told me about it I felt sick , realizing that my stiff - necked attitude 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