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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They delivered me to the robing room of the Palace and turned me over to King
Willem ' s equerry , Colonel Pateel , a bland - faced Hindu with perfect manners
and the dazzling dress uniform of the Imperial space forces . His bow to me must
Some said that Willem kept them on as pensioners to brighten his court ; some
said he wanted to keep an eye on them and keep them out of politics and other
mischief . Perhaps it was a little of both . There were the nonroyal nobility of a
Willem made no comment , but looked on down the list . I tried to remember
exactly what Bonforte had said about Braun in the Farleyfile . Brilliant . . .
hardworking . . . analytical mind . Had he said anything against him ? Non well ,
perhaps " 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