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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Oh . Thank you , " I answered , making it as warm as possible since I was unable
to tip him . I swung wide around the Martians as I went out . I soon saw why the
call had not been brought to the table ; No . 12 was a maximum - security booth ...
You remember what we agreed ? ' ' " Chicken tracks ! ” Corpsman answered . “
This room is soundproof . I just want to make sure he is up to it . Smythe , how ' s
your Martian ? Can you spiel it ? " I answered with a single squeaking
Now take it easy , " Rog answered . " You probably won ' t have to do it at all . ... It
' s not nonsense , ” I answered , " and by the way , Bill , that door you just came
through has a nice spot on it to knock . In the profession the custom is to knock ...
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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