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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It wasn ' t difficult ; I simply went straight to the owner ' s cabin and spent long ,
miserable hours in free fall , biting my nails and wondering what was happening
down on the surface . With the aid of anti - nausea pills I finally managed to float
I wanted to tell Rog that if Willem had not been a really big man , kingly in the fine
seose of the word , we would all be in the soup simply because I had not been
adequately coached for the role . Instead I answered sourly , “ It ' s done and that
He simply picked up the list and said , “ Very well , Chief . " Later that same day
Bill quit . I suppose Rog had to tell him that his arm - twisting had not worked . But
when Rog told me about it I felt sick , realizing that my stiff - necked attitude had ...
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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