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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And I could not stand their smell ! Nobody could accuse me of race prejudice . I
didn ' t care ... Now there they were , standing on their pedestals around a table ,
pretending to be people . I had not even heard the air conditioning speed up .
I turned my head ; the young woman called Penny was struggling to lift her head
from the other hydraulic bed and Dak was standing braced in the doorway . I
looked at him and said wonderingly , “ How do you manage to stand up ? " Part of
Penny my dear , will you please have someone send in fingerprinting equipment
? " I knew I was sunkbut , damn it , if you are caught by the Birkenhead Drill , the
least you owe yourself is to stand at attention while the ship goes down . Even 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