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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Sometimes such facilities in public places like hotels are not all that they might be
; the sound waves fail to cancel out completely . But the Eisenhower is a luxury
house and in this case , at least , the equipment worked perfectly ; I could see ...
... I believe , and , in any case , the semi - phonetic spelling out of those sounds in
Roman letters , for example “ kkk " or " jji ... I can imitate any sound , from a buzz
saw striking a nail in a chunk of firewood to a setting hen disturbed on her nest .
I don ' t care whether the speech is politically effective or not ; my job is to carry
out a characterization . I can ' t do that if I put into the mouth of the character
words that he would never use ; it would sound as forced and phony as a goat
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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