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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The human who had followed that stinking , reeking thing into the room had to
step to one side before he could get in a shot - - and he made a mistake . He
should have shot Dak first , then me . Instead he wasted his first one on Jock and
I had known vaguely that the Humanity Party had started as a splinter of the
Expansionist movement but I had never thought about it . Actually it was
inevitable ; as the political parties which did not have their eyes on the sky
The situation on Venus was more ticklish , with the Venerians split into dozens of
splinter parties divided on fine points of theology impossible for a human being to
understand . Nevertheless , we expected most of the native vote , either directly ...
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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