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Double Star (S.F. MASTERWORKS) [Paperback]

Robert A. Heinlein , Vincent Chong
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12 Sep 2013 S.F. MASTERWORKS

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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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (12 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057512203X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575122031
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The HUGO AWARD-winning novel from one of the true greats of science fiction.

About the Author

Robert Anson Heinlein was born in Missouri in 1907. He graduated from the US Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1929, serving as an officer until his discharge, for medical reasons, in 1934. In 1939 he turned to writing to supplement his Naval pension, selling his first story to John W. Campbell's ASTOUNDING magazine. He would go on to have a profound influence on ASTOUNDING, dominating the Golden Age of science fiction and shaping American science fiction for decades to come. He won multiple HUGOs, an unprecedented six PROMETHEUS AWARDs for libertarian science fiction and was the Science Fiction Writers of America's first GRAND MASTER AWARD recipient. A deeply political writer, Heinlein is most closely associated with right-wing libertarianism, although STARSHIP TROOPERS brought with it accusations of fascism and STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND is credited with being an influential text for the free love movement of the 1960s. Acclaimed as one of the 'Big Three', alongside Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov, he was a giant of 20th-century science fiction. Robert A. Heinlein died in 1988.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Campy and fun 30 Sep 2013
By Behan
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This story is the very definition of the word "romp". Set in a universe of interstellar capers that reminds one of The Stainless Steel Rat, it's a great fun space opera, largely devoid of subtext and brimful of derring-do.

The premise is one seldom approached by SF: the Prince-and-Pauper trope. The universe's greatest character actor is embroiled in a scheme to impersonate a top-ranking politician and save the galaxy, which he achieves with a mixture of futuristic disguise and old-fashioned acting prowess. Lorenzo is one of Heinlein's more fleshed-out protagonists, written with great charm and humour. Heinlein writes as confidently and sparingly as usual and this short novel whips along with pace and vim, but without the repetition of his other thrillers (e.g. The Puppet Masters).

It's an old book now and so it comes off as somewhat cheesy, but this is pulp SF at its best and well worth the small investment of time it takes to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting story! 4 Jan 2014
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Great storyline as can be expected from "the master". As usual the psychology plays a more important role than the setting in a futuristic environment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars IMAGINATIVE STORY INVOLVING IMPERSONATION 19 May 2014
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One of the best and most positive stories of impersonation I have read - improbable though such stories often are. I like to return to two scenes in particular when the impersonation is nearly exposed - with the Emperor and the disgruntled reporter.
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