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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Surely an actor of your skill can play the part of a mechanic for a few minutes ? " "
Eh ? Why , certainly ! But" There you are ! You stick with oľ Doc Dak ; he ' ll take
care of you . We shuffled eight guild brothers in this current caper to get me on ...
I had been an idiot to accept the contract without knowing more about it - but I
had agreed to play the role , without conditions or escape clauses . Now I was
trying to back out , like a rank amateur with stage fright . " The show must go on ”
is the ...
I had once played the lead in L ' Aiglon and I had played Caesar in the only two
plays about him worthy of the name . But to play such a role in life - well , it is
enough to make one understand how a man could go to the guillotine in another
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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