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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I glanced inquiringly but no introduction was offered . " Well , you ' re here , at
least . Let ' s get down to business . " " Surely . Which brings to mind , " I added , "
there was mention of a bonus , or retainer . " " Oh , yes . ” He turned to the man on
I took the little book from her , glanced through the pages . “ Chief , ” Dak said
urgently , " we are short on minutes . " " Compose yourself , ” I said without
looking up . “ The entire Martian nation can wait , if necessary , on a young lady .
He looked baffled , glanced into the rear compartment , seemed to recognize me ,
saluted , and let us stay . I answered with a friendly wave and be opened the door
for me . “ The lieutenant is very particular about keeping the space back of the ...