Double Star

Mass Market Paperback, 243 pages

English language

Published Oct. 12, 1986 by Del Rey.

ISBN:
9780345330130

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4 stars (7 reviews)

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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5 stars

This is unusual for Heinlein in that the protagonist is not one his super-competent engineer types, but instead a down-on-his-luck actor. He is shanghaied by a spaceman, and soon find himself on Mars, being asked to impersonate a popular politician. His main qualifications for this is that a) he is an actor, after all; and b) he resembles the politician enough to pull it off. But because "The Great Lorenzo" has no technical skills at all, this book is about human nature and not science and engineering. This is middle period Heinlein, when he had mastered his trade, but before things got out of hand. This is a good read, and was the first of his books to win a Hugo award.

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Subjects

  • Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Science Fiction - General
  • Fiction / Science Fiction / General
  • Fiction - Science Fiction