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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Luckily Martian is analogous to human speech forms . Basic Martian , the trade
language , is positional and involves only simple concrete ideas - like the
greeting : " I see you . " High Martian is polysynthetic and very stylized , with an ...
I said wonderingly , " Bill , do I understand that you are complaining that the
speech I made was too effective to suit you ? " " Huh ? Hell , nol It was a lousy
speech . " " So ? You can ' t have it both ways . You ' re saying that a lousy
speech went ...
the sovereign were not present , I delivered my speech . It was not the one
Corpsman had written ; that one went down the oubliette as soon as I had read it .
Bill had made it a straight campaign speech , and it was the wrong time and
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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