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 Post subject: Double Star, by Robert A. Heinlein
PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 7:08 pm 
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"The story, which is told in the first person, centers on down-and-out actor Lawrence Smith (stage name Lorenzo Smythe, a.k.a. "The Great Lorenzo"). A brilliant actor and mimic, he is down to his last coin when a spaceman hires him to double for a public figure. It is only when he is on his way to Mars that he finds out how deeply he has been deceived: he will have to impersonate one of the most prominent politicians in the solar system (and one with whose views Smythe deeply disagrees): John Joseph Bonforte. Bonforte is the leader of the Expansionist coalition, currently out of office but with a good chance of changing that at the next general election. Bonforte has been kidnapped by his political opponents, and his aides want Smith to impersonate Bonforte while they try to find him.

Bonforte is rescued, but he is in poor health due to the treatment inflicted on him during his imprisonment. This forces Smith to extend his performance, even to becoming temporary Supreme Minister and running in an election. (This is made plausible through Bonforte's extensive Farley Files.) The central political issue in the election is the granting of the vote to Martians in the human-dominated Solar System. Lorenzo shares the anti-Martian prejudice prevalent among large parts of Earth's population, but he is called upon to assume the persona of the most prominent advocate for Martian enfranchisement. Smith takes on not only Bonforte's appearance, but some aspects of his personality.
Cover of Astounding Science Fiction that carried the first segment of the serialized novel in February, 1956

At the moment of electoral victory, Bonforte dies of the aftereffects of his kidnapping, and Smythe realizes he has little choice but to assume the role for life."


I haven't read this story, but it seems really familiar, for some reason...

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 Post subject: Re: Double Star, by Robert A. Heinlein
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Maybe because it's a new (at the time) take on a very old story.

Read it when I was young! about 30 years ago. Good solid Heinlein tale. I'd think you'd find it second hand for about 50p these days (like most Heinlein books, he appears to be mainly out of print now).


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 Post subject: Re: Double Star, by Robert A. Heinlein
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Sounds a lot like Blood and Honour.

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 Post subject: Re: Double Star, by Robert A. Heinlein
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I always knew Heinlein was a hack, granted his powers of precognition are impressive but how dare he look into the future and steal the ideas of our great SRG. For shame Heinlein for shame.

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 Post subject: Re: Double Star, by Robert A. Heinlein
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