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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Certainly , sir . Have patience . ” Fortunately the Eisenhower is not too far from the
Casa , for I did not even have a minum for tube fare . However , although the art
of strolling is almost lost , I savor it — and it gave me time to collect my thoughts .
Yes , certainly . Pleasure . " " Thanks , Mr . Bonforte ! " " Thank you , my dear . " I
turned away slowly , so as not to appear jerky or nervous in stereo . There were
photographers around , still , news pickup , stereo , and so forth , as well as many
Sure , it was one dilly of a fine speech , but was such a result possible ? Well , if it
was , it was certainly fast service . I said wonderingly , " Bill , do I understand that
you are complaining that the speech I made was too effective to suit you ?
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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