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 just had to know who the other actor was who was considered competent to play
a role which called for my unique talents . " This other one ? Who is he ? " Dak
looked me over ; I could see him hesitate . " Mmmfellow by the name of Orson ...
But — what a role ! 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
But I suppose that it was an inevitable concomitant of the role - I rather think I
would learn to like Jack the Ripper if I studied for the part . Look at it this way : to
learn a role truly , you must for a time become that chararter . And a man either
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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