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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For a single appearance ? Or by the week ? Or an option contract ? " " Uh , never
mind . What do you get by the day ? " " My minimum fee for a one - evening date
is one hundred Imperials . ” This was simple truth . Oh , I have been coerced at ...
How soon does Dr . Capek think he will be ready to make public appearances ?
... clear but , much as I would like to call on him and pay my respects , I don ' t
think it is smart for me to see him at all until after I have made my last appearance
I realized with sudden painful empathy that he was not emotionally aware of his
own appearance ; my present appearance was " his " - - and any change in
himself was merely incidental to illness , temporary , not to be noticed . But he
went on ...
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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