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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Eh ? I thought“ Just a second . The networks were led to expect a major speech
from you today , commenting on yesterday ' s event . I thought Rog intended to
cancel it , but Bill has the speech worked up . Question is , will you deliver it ?
It might well ruin my characterization , " I had made the terrible mistake of going to
my father ' s funeral ; for years thereafter when I thought of him I saw him dead in
his coffin . Only very slowly did I regain the true image of him — the virile ...
But I had not thought about it . It was a routine matter , as perfunctory as
presenting the list to the Emperor . “ Is he going to be able to make it ? ” “ No . But
don ' t you worry about it . Rog will apologize to the house for your - I mean his -
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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