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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Old son , how about staying with it and letting yourself be seen each day by
crewmen and by Jimmie Washington ' s girls and suchwhile he gets well ? Huh ?
" " Mmm . . . I don ' t see why not . How long will it be ? " " Just the trip back .
I ' m going to take to my bed and stay there . ... I ' ll stay here until Mr . B . is able to
see people , in case some utter emergency turns up ” - I was recalling uneasily
that the at go at thin somebong to yan Emperor had told me to hang on and had ...
But the reforms stay . People don ' t really want change , any change at all - and
xenophobia is very deep - rooted . But we progress , as we must - if we are to go
out to the stars . Again and again I have asked myself : “ What would Bonforte do
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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