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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Well , yes , of course . But - " He stopped . " But what ? I don ' t get it . Here you
chaps have been working and scheming for years to bring about this very thing .
Now you ' ve won - and you look like a bride who isn ' t sure she wants to go ...
Why , you can ' t , of course . " " You just said that this was what he remembered
about bis friends and acquaintances . " " Not quite . I said that this is what he
wanted to remember . But since he can ' t , not possibly , this is how he does it .
Scotch on ice , of course . " I said nothing and poured them , adding water to my
own . I had had a sudden chill ; if Bonforte knew that the Emperor always took
scotch over bare cubes it should have been in his Farleyfile . It was not . But
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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