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 handed him my card , a little smugly perhaps . There is only one Lorenzo
Smythe , the One - Man Stock Company . Yes , I ' m " The Great Lorenzo " - -
stereo , canned opera , legit — “ Pantomimist and Mimicry Artist Extraordinary . ”
He read ...
I find I can " remember " Bonforte ' s early life better than I remember my actual life
as that rather pathetic person , Lawrence Smith , or - as he liked to style himself -
" The Great Lorenzo . " Does that make me insane ? Schizophrenic , perhaps ?
Perhaps I have not fully succeededbut I think my father would rate it as a " good
performance . " No , I do not regret it , even though I was happier thenat least I
slept better . But there is solemn satisfaction in doing the best you can for eight ...
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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