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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.

Suddenly he found himself agreeing to the most difficult role of his career: impersonating an important politician who had been kidnapped. Peace with the Martians was at stake -- failure to pull off the act could result in interplanetary ...

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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.

Suddenly he found himself agreeing to the most difficult role of his career: impersonating an important politician who had been kidnapped. Peace with the Martians was at stake -- failure to pull off the act could result in interplanetary war. And Smythe's own life was on the line -- for if he wasn't assassinated, there was always the possibility that he might be trapped in his new role forever!

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Editorial Reviews

St. Louis Post Dispatch
"In this intricately plotted novel of interplanetary intrigue, Heinlein is at his best."
Galaxy Science-Fiction
"Pleasant and exciting reading."
Anthony Boucher
"Bears the Heinlein cache of credible authenticity."
Dean Koontz
"There is no other writer whose work has exhilarated me as often and to such an extent as Heinlein."
The New York Times Book Review
"One of the most influential writers in American Literature."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345330130
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1986
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Anson Heinlein (1907–1988) served five years in the US Navy and then attended graduate classes in mathematics and physics at UCLA. After a variety of jobs, he began to write science fiction in 1939. He is a four-time winner of the Hugo Award and a recipient of three Retro Hugos, and in 1975 he was named the first recipient of the Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement. His worldwide bestsellers have been translated into twenty-two languages.

Tom Weiner, a dialogue director and voice artist best known for his roles in video games and television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Transformers, is an Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist. He is a former member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Biography

Robert Anson Heinlein was born in Butler, Missouri in 1907. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he was retired, disabled, in 1934. He studied mathematics and physics at the graduate school of the University of California and owned a silver mine before beginning to write science fiction in 1939. In 1947 his first book of fiction, Rocket Ship Galileo, was published.

Heinlein was guest commentator for the Apollo 11 first lunar landing. In 1975 he received the Grand Master Nebula Award for lifetime achievement. Mr. Heinlein died in 1988.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Books (USA).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Anson MacDonald; Robert Anson Heinlein (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 7, 1907
    2. Place of Birth:
      Butler, Missouri
    1. Date of Death:
      May 8, 1988
    2. Place of Death:
      Carmel, California

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2001

    An excellent book

    A great book! I really enjoyed reading it. And I enjoyed reading it the second and the third time! The book is basically about an actor who has to impersonate a public figure, in order to prevent a war with the aliens, but I won't go any further with the plot, or I'll spoil the fun. Anyhow, the story has lots of twists and turns, and is going to make you 'hod on to it' 'till the end.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    An intricate and well plotted novel written in the rollicking style of the Grand Master of Science Fiction Himself !!!

    This is a tightly written and well plotted story of political intrigue and deception written against a futuristic background involving two different interplanetary races and political parties in an imaginary SciFi future.

    Heinlein's characters come alive off the page, with all the warmth, faults, flaws, and basic human decencies which make his protaganists, heroes, and villians all so classically unforgetable. A grand read for any real SciFi buff !!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Not a good value

    This is a classic Heinlein story which is, of course, dated. At 148 pages, it is not novel length and the cost was too high.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2014

    Great read for new and old fans.

    This book follows Heilein style all the way, he hasn't lost his touch with the keyboard or his story lines. Great read for new and old readers. WJ

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