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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We were on a tryout - in - the - sticks basis now , as not everyone in the Tom
Paine knew that I was not Bonforte , I did not know exactly which ones knew of
the substitution , but I was allowed to relax and ask questions only in the
presence of ...
members of Bonforte ' s staff and all the crew of the Tom Paine knew that
something odd was going on ; they did not necessarily know what it was . A good
many people had seen me enter the ship - - but as " Benny Grey . " By the time
they saw ...
I knew him from photographs and I knew quite a bit about him ; Rog and Penny
had briefed me carefully . I shook bands , asked about his sinusitis , thanked him
for the pleasant time I had had on my last visit , and spoke with his aide in that ...
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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