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 gates of the Martian city were just ahead of us ; Dak started slowing the car . "
Here ' s where you get out , Chief . Rog , better take your gun and relieve the
Chief of our guest . " " Right , Dak . ” Rog moved up by me , jabbed the man in the
... noble gentlemen uttering gallantries , fans gesturing . No one moved very far
from his place , no one held still . Little page boys , looking like Michelangelo ' s
cherubim , moved among them offering trays of sweets . One knelt to Willem and
So I straighened up , moved around the room , spoke to Penny ( the poor child
was looking from one to the other of us with a dazed expression ) , picked up a
paper , scratched my collarbone and rubbed my chin , moved his wand from
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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