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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During the two hours we were on one gravity I was moved up to Bonforte ' s cabin
. I started wearing his clothes and his face and everyone was careful to call me “
Mr . Bonforte " or " Chief ” or ( in the case of Dr . Capek ) " Joseph , " the idea ...
I already had the basic character ; now it was necessary to fill in the background ,
prepare myself to be Bonforte under almost any circumstances . While it was the
royal audience I was aiming at , once we were at New Batavia I might have to ...
I suddenly got a glimpse of what Bonforte was driving at . If there were ethical
basics that transcended time and place , then they were true both for Martians
and for men . They were true on any planet around any star — and if the human
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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