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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The long - jump ships such as the Tom Paine , torchships that is , are ( so they tell
me ) the real thing , making use of Ē equals MC ... Dak did his best to explain it all
to me , and no doubt it is very interesting to those who care for such things .
The real difficulty is that you have to exercise conscious control on the muscles
that close the back of your mouth , or you hiss like a teakettle , since the durn
thing operates on a pressure difference . Fortunately the pilot equalized to Mars ...
A dozen or more of the giant metal brains through the Solar System were doing
the same thing that night , but Rog preferred his own ... Penny was moving
around , pushing straight things crooked and vice versa and fetching us drinks .