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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So , naturally , the Emperor has summoned Mr . Bonforte to New Batavia . " " Eh ?
New Batavia ? Well ! " I was thinking that I had never seen the Imperial capital .
The one time I had been on the Moon the vicissitudes of my profession had left ...
It was rather short , which dismayed me at first , until I concluded that it meant that
Bonforte did not know the Emperor well and had met him only on a few official
occasions - Bonforte ' s first service as Supreme Minister had been before old ...
That ' s the way the Emperor wanted it . " Clifton looked ... I do know that the
Emperor felt free to question the appointment of Braun . Now if either one of you
wants to go to the Emperor and argue with him , that ' s up to you . But I ' m not
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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