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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hog and come back the way you walk. Watch." I did so, making the trip back in a
slightly exaggerated version of his walk to allow for his untrained eye— feet
sliding softly along the floor as if it were deck plates, weight carried forward and ...
"He'll be quite sure it is not you, because we'll change your walk. That's the most
distinctive thing about you. If your walk is wrong, it cannot possibly be you— so it
must be some other big-boned, broad-shouldered man who looks a bit like 99 ...
We'll let you have your mask for the walk. ... A human being can walk possibly
two hundred yards on Mars without an oxygen mask, if he is in good condition. I
believe I read of a case where a man walked almost half a mile before he died.
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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