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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The long - jump ships such as the Tom Paine , torchships that is , are ( so they tell
me ) the real thing , making use of E equals MC ... Dak did his best to explain it all
to me , and no doubt it is very interesting to those who care for such things .
For that matter , neither Dak nor Rog Clifton believed that Supreme Minister
Quiroga was in it ; they attributed the thing to the clandestine terrorist group
inside the Humanity Party who called themselves the " Actionists ” - and they
The Imperial restriction that the natives must select human beings to represent
them at New Batavia was a thing Bonforte was pledged to remove ; it gained us
votes on Venus ; we did not know yet how many votes it would lose us on Earth .
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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