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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But we did not stay in free fall more than five minutes ; the three men who were to
go back in the Can Do were crowding into the transfer lock even as Dak and I
floated into the torchship . The next few moments were extremely confused .
My real job was to make campaign speeches . A discreet rumor had been spread
that my doctor had been afraid that my heart had been strained by the " virus
infection " and had advised me to stay in the low gravity of the Moon throughout
... into the Grand Assembly . But the nonbuman peoples are still there and I came
back . The people will take a certain amount of reform , then they want a rest . But
the reforms stay , People don ' t really want change , any change at all ...
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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