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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and they would kill me , or even Penny , for the slightest advantage . They would
kill you ... could get at you . But when you make this public appearance as the
Chief you ' ll be safe ; the circumstances will be such that they can ' t afford to kill .
Wouldn ' t their purpose be better served — and with less risk - just by killing him
? ” I was thinking queasily ... be killed - but to kill this one human being to keep
him from being adopted , that ' s another kettle of fish entirely . Matter of obligation
And take a look at your American presidents ; the job used frequently to kill them
in their prime . But me , I don ' t have to run things ; I have a professional like
yourself to do it for me . And you don ' t have the killing pressure either ; you , or ...
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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