At a glance:
- Author: Robert A. Heinlein
- First Published: 1956
- Type of Work: Novel
- Type of Plot: Science fiction—extrapolatory
- Time of Work: The near future
- Setting: Earth, Mars, the Moon, and various spaceships
- Genres: Long fiction, Science fiction, Novel
- Subjects: Acting or actors, Future, Space ships, stations, or vehicles, Prejudices or antipathies, Kidnapping, Mars, Moon or moons
- Locales: Space, Earth, Mars, Moon
Hoping for a free meal or even a loan, down-on-his-luck actor Lorenzo Smythe buys a drink for Dak Broadbent, a spaceship captain trying to pretend he is something else. Broadbent offers more than Smythe could have hoped for, an acting job at a good salary. Before the final arrangements can be made, however, they are attacked by a human and a Martian, a race Smythe cannot tolerate, partly because of their smell. Smythe finds himself an accomplice in the deaths of the two attackers and the disposal of their bodies.
The acting job is revealed to be the impersonation...
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