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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took the life wand and sliced Rrringriil into pieces small enough to handle . He
was careful to make the first cut below the brain case so the job was not messy ,
but I could not help him with it - it seemed to me that a dead Martian stank even ...
But it did not help my morale that there were never less than half a dozen wands
leveled at me the whole time . ... After that the elders made their speeches , I
made my acceptance speech in answer , and they gave me my name and my
Well , look , will the word get back to Mars if I carry this wand today ? Inside the
nests , I mean ? " " Eh ? I suppose so . Yes . ” " Of course . I would guess that
every nest has stereo receivers ; I certainly noticed plenty of them in Kkkah nest .
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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