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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I don ' t know quite how to describe Clifton ' s job . Political deputy ? He had been
Minister without Portfolio , you may remember , when Bonforte was Supreme
Minister , but that says nothing . Let ' s put it symbolically : Bonforte handed out ...
He ' s here ? ” “ Yes . ” Clifton hesitated . " We put him in what is supposed to be
the wife ' s room of your bedroom suite . It was the only place where we could
maintain utter privacy and still give him the care he needs . I hope you don ' t
That ' s the way the Emperor wanted it . " Clifton looked astonished ; Corpsman
looked both astonished and angry . " What difference does that make ? He ' s got
no goddamn right to have opinions ! " Clifton said slowly , " Bill is right , Chief .
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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