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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He looked at me , started to look away , his eyes snapped back , then he looked
at my clothes . Broadbent guffawed and clapped him on the shoulder . " And you
said he couldn ' t act ! ” He added sharply , " Did you get them all , Jock ? " “ Yes .
I started limping down that aisle , trying to make it about the speed a Martian
moves on his own planet . The crowd closed in behind me . Occasionally kids
would get away from their elders and skitter out in front of me . By “ kids ” I mean
Corpsman looked annoyed , started to answer , and caught sight of Clifton
suppressing a grin . He scowled , again started to reply - finally shrugged and
said , “ All right , buster , you proved your point ; the speech could not have 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