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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His mind seems clear enough , but he is terribly tired . That week as a prisoner
was more of an ordeal than we realized . The stroke left him in a coma for twenty -
four hours . He ' s out of it now , but the left side of his face is paralyzed and ...
I was reminded of another statue , too , seeing him lying there with his legs and
his helpless left side covered with a shawl : the wounded Lion of Lucerne . He
had that massive strength and dignity , even when helpless : " The guard dies ,
The Americans are testing the water with a toe before coming in on our side ; the
only question is , how deep ? " " Can you make a projection , Rog ? " " Not yet .
Oh , we have the popular vote but in the G . A . it could swing either way by half a
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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