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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He opened a small case and demanded , “ Can you do anything with this junk ? "
“ Junk ” it was — the sort of overpriced and unprofessional make - up kit that is
sold over the counter to stage - struck youngsters . I stared at it with mild disgust .
If Bonforte himself had not been a decent sort he would not have had these
people around him . The Martian language gave me my greatest worry . Like
most actors , I had picked up enough Martian , Venerian , Outer Jovian , etc . , to
be able ...
Would you actually put Bill in the brig if I asked for it ? " He looked up , cocked a
brow , and grinned wryly . " No . A man doesn ' t get to be a captain operating on
any such basis as that . I would not take that sort of order even from him .
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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