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 ...
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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