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 turned to the man on the couch . “ Jock , pay him . ” " For what ? " Pay him ! ” I
now knew which one was boss - although , as I was to learn , there was usually
little doubt when Dak Broadbent was in a room . The other fellow stood up quickly
I turned away slowly , so as not to appear jerky or nervous in stereo . There were
photographers around , still , news pickup , stereo , and so forth , as well as many
reporters . Bill was keeping the reporters away from us ; as we turned to go he ...
I turned to him . " Are you for this too ? " " Yes . " " It ' s your duty , " Rog added .
Capek said slowly , “ I won ' t go that far . I hope you will do it . But , damn it , I won
' t be your conscience . I believe in free will , frivolous as that may sound from a ...
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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