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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You gave yourself away the minute you walked in . ... I did so , making the trip
back in a slightly exaggerated version of his walk to allow for his untrained eye -
feet sliding softly along the floor as if it were deck plates , weight carried forward
He ' ll be quite sure it is not you , because we ' ll change your walk . That ' s the
most distinctive thing about you . If your walk is wrong , it cannot possibly be you
— 50 it must be some other big - boned , broad - shouldered man who looks a bit
A human being can walk possibly two hundred yards on Mars without an oxygen
mask , if he is in good condition . I believe I read of a case where a man walked
almost half a mile before he died . I glanced at the trip meter and saw that we ...
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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