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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Tell me , have I ever seen you in stereo , or anywhere ? ” I had given my legal
name , of course , when the Emperor demanded it ; I now rather timidly gave my
professional name . He looked at me , threw up his hands , and guffawed .
Is that what you meant ? " Corpsman hesitated like an actor not quite sure of his
lines . “ Of course . But it amounts to a promise . " " Not until the public
announcement is made , it doesn ' t . " " But the announcement was made , I tell
Anything you want to tell me about it ? " Nevertheless , I took the list and glanced
down it . I knew them all from their Farleyfiles and a few of them from contact ; I
knew already why each one had to be taken care of . Then I struck the name ...
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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