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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 MarsSuddenly 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


10 thoughts on “Double Star

  1. says:

    If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Pax Americana Double Star by Robert A HeinleinImplausible and impossible to put down like all of Heinlein s books I ve read its hero is a man of action and boundless self confidence, a wisecracking all American cowboy figure who brushes obstacles aside, a genial dictator figure who knows that as long as he s left in charge everything will be o.k The voice is always the same and I can see why the new wake of science fiction writers reacted against Heinlein Aldiss, Moorcock, Ballard, Dick Heinlein s Pax Americana and paternalism vision of the future certainly does have fascist overtones But he s still a great storyteller, his books filled with mind bending concepts presumably achieved without the help of the consciousness expanding substances that inspired some of his successors.Yes, the Bonforte character was a very macho autocrat Who cares Nevertheless, The Great Lorenzo doesn t quite conform to the macho tit man narrator as Heinlein although the authorial voice does creep through in interesting ways in his stereotyped descriptions of Lorenzo s camp actor personality and co Heinlein enjoyed challenging established ways of thinking, and for most of his great period of writing liberal politics was on the rise, so he took great pleasure in poking holes in political sacred figures.If you re into SF, read on.


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    Review also posted at Fantasy Literature In Double Star, a 1956 Robert Heinlein novella, Lawrence Smith aka Lorenzo Smythe or Lorenzo the Great , an out of work actor, accepts a job to impersonate a man for a few days, without, perhaps, asking as many questions about the job as he should have He promptly finds himself whisked off to the planet Mars, standing in for one of the most important political figures in the solar system, who has been kidnapped Larry s first task fool the Martians during a vitally important Martian adoption ceremony But somehow one appearance as a double leads to another, and anotherMy self imposed mission was to find a Robert Heinlein story where the enjoyment of the tale isn t swamped by the offensive content for which Heinlein is, unfortunately, well known Double Star, I think, does the job pretty well There are a couple of instances of eyebrow raising dialogue, and the women mostly have secretarial type jobs, but it s par for what you d normally expect to see in 1950 s books even science fiction the imaginations of mid century SF authors had their limits , and nothing was too far out of line.Heinlein gets on his soapbox a little about personal freedoms and politics, but it s all good since the main message is equality for all races, including Martians and Venerians aliens from Venus A few outdated technologies like microfilm and slide rules appear alongside the spaceships and ray guns, but it doesn t ruin the fun It s actually pretty amusing in a retro kind of way.This is a quick and humorous read, not terribly challenging, but enjoyable, and there are some interesting ideas about how acting a role can change you as a person, the importance of the political process, and the impact one person can have.


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    Really enjoyed this Heinlein s first but least recognized Hugo Award winner Like many of his better works, this is a science fiction vehicle that he uses to discuss other issues, here he spends time with politics, maybe even adding some subtle, and not too subtle ideas about what he thinks is right and wrong in politics Not consistent with other novels about Martians, or his future fiction in other books, but excellent characterization and a fun story Borrows heavily from the Prisoner of Zenda theme.


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    Before I begin, I d like to thank you all for choosing to read this review today It is you who actively participate in the Goodreads community that are the pulsating heart of this great country, _____ Insert your country name here Without your efforts, intellectual life everywhere would be sure to stagnate This has always been my position, and I am a man with firm convictions, never changing my mind about anything Just yesterday, a young, impoverished child asked me how I was going to help improve this country if I am elected Czar And I said checks notes on palm lower taxes by wagging war wagging war Oh, uh, sorry WAGING waron evil countries full of terrorists I also prioritize putting children first, and also putting the environment and our future first It is my pleasure to discuss Double Star this afternoon Double Star is a terrific book of mine, and I ve known it for several weeks Honestly, I can only say nice things about it Having won the Hugo insome yearit is a book with the greatest of accolades to its name It s the story of an actor asked to play the most challenging and dangerous role of his life representing a politician during a ceremony that, if it isn t conducted exactly right, could mean death But after the ceremony, the politician isn t yet ready to return to his duties, and the actor is hired for another job Witty and fast paced, Double Star is very fun, and I can t honestly say whether I liked this or Starship Troopers better Yes, I can I liked this one better because at the end of the day, the message here was, Politicians can be replaced by decent actors without anyone noticing, whereas the message in Starship Troopers was Woo Haa Go team While I give full credit to those willing to serve in the armed forces of ________, and I m aware that they are the pulsating heart of this great country, and without them, nobody would protect our borders from those dangerous terrorists and immigrants, I relate with the former message It is truly a shame that so many of our representatives seem to simply say what they think people want to hear, but unfortunately, some people are stupid enough that they can get away with it Not you people, though, you people are the foundation that this country is built upon It s time we take back this country from bland, insipid politicians, and put someone with real positions on the issues back in office And I have positions On the issues I believe that our children shouldn t take drugs, and education is important Unlike you know who, who wants to undermine all the values that you hold dear Say no to socialism and fascism And vote like a patriot Vote for our future Vote for me Click yes below, and take a stand for values You like values, right


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    I read this book growing up and I can t tell you exactly why I remembered liking it, but a friend was recently reading it and I decided to add it to my list.There is a lot of hit or miss on the Heinlein bookshelf and I can respect those who don t find this one interesting First, it really isn t focused on the science fiction though we get a lot of what RAH imagines about humans spreading out in the solar system Second, the lead character isn t in Heinlein s terms a spaceman He is a somewhat narcissistic actor who is hired on Earth to substitute for a high level politician who is missing We get a good measure of Heinlein s thoughts on government and politics There are some very nice bits on the craft of acting There is nothing too profound and this short novel moves ahead at a rapid pace Why did I like it I enjoy Heinlein s ability to create ordinary people who are placed in extraordinary circumstances 3.5 because I was very entertained.


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    Brian Aldiss, in Trillion Year Spree, says this is Heinlein s most enjoyable novel Who am I to fault his judgment It is, indeed, a lot of fun pathetic, failed actor Laurence Smith stage name, Lorenzo Smythe is hired to impersonate John Joseph Bonforte, leader of the Expansionist party, and the Solar System s most important politician Bonforte has been kidnapped, and for complicated reasons there is an appointment he must attend no excuse will be acceptable if he fails to turn up on time So Smythe is drafted in, proceeds to learn Bonforte s mannerisms and background story, and starts his unusual new job The first public appearance goes fine, and no one suspects a thing Then he has to do another one, and then yet another Pretty soon he s living Bonforte s life for him I don t want to give away too much of a fun plot, but the basic message is that politicians, even good ones like Bonforte, are fakes Any halfway competent actor with a few weeks of prep time could step into their shoes, and they would do just as well.I think Heinlein was unusually prescient here When he wrote it, remember that there was no Reagan or Schwarzenegger And even now, the book has some punch left Politics is less and less about ideas, and about appearances you need a good script, and the ability to project your character in a convincing way For a couple of weeks in 2008, it looked like Sarah Palin had a decent shot at becoming Vice President and maybe, later, President , largely on the strength of her hockey mom persona It now seems that that was largely a construct, but I believed it at the time, even though I didn t like it In England, it appears that we re going to get David Cameron as our next Prime Minister He s a Conservative, and he s campaigning on a platform of helping the poor and the environment it s difficult to believe it s any honest than Dubya s compassionate conservatism But that s not the important thing He interprets the role imaginatively, and he looks convincing if this were the Oscars, I d be tipping him for a statuette, and most voters are viewing the election in pretty much that way Heinlein had a point.


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    Washed up actor Lorenzo Smythe accepts the role of his lifetime to impersonate a politician who has been kidnapped, right before both an important meeting meant to unite Humans and Martians Failure to show up could result in a war between planets.This book was originally published in 1956 and it certainly felt dated to me Despite human existence now being on an interplanetary level, this is very much an American story with a limited scope Lorenzo often doesn t refer to Humankind as being from Earth, but simply as America Along with the anti British sentiment which seems so small once you bring space into the matter, and the bigotry between humankind and the martians, the viewpoints in this book are really rather boring and outdated.I was hoping for something a little bit fun and not so heavily reliant on the reader s understanding of the American political system, but perhaps it s my own fault for not expecting as much.


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    O lectura facil i amuzant , Stea dubl este povestea lui Lawrence Smith, un actor omer care accept s joace rolul unei mari personalit i politice timp de c teva zile i se treze te f r voia sa n miezul unei ntregi conspira ii oculte Cu toate c nu este o capodoper a originalit ii sau a r sturn rilor de situa ie, cartea asta mi a pl cut destul de mult datorit stilului ironic i personalit ii personajului principal folosirea persoanei nt i i felul n care Smith Smith cel ng mfat mi vine n minte c nd m g ndesc la el i pl nge uneori de mil , modul hot r t n care declam c nu va mai continua arada ca apoi s se lase nduplecat toate acestea i creeaz senza ia unei complicit i i te fac sa i dore ti un final fericit al ntregii situa ii Printre ideile interesante egalitatea dintre rase umane i non umane n acest caz , importan a men inerii imaginii politice publice n detrimentul esen ei i implica iile pe care le are abordarea unui rol pentru fiecare actor Lumea accept o anumit cantitate de reform , dup care se mai odihne te Dar reforma r m ne Lumea nu vrea cu adev rat schimbare, nici un fel de schimbare iar xenofobia are r d cini ad nci Dar progres m, dac trebuie dac vrem s ajungem la stele.


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    This is one of Heinlein s early novels, which you can tell by the brevity and the lack of wankery Also the fact that he just jumps straight into the story and never wastes much time on exposition.This is in fact one of Heinlein s greatest strengths, and I think a major reason for his grandmaster status he may be a bit out of fashion nowadays, and he often lost the plot in his later works, but he was first and foremost a storyteller A spinner of yarns, a teller of tales, and if readers frequently read too much into the author s id because of what his characters did, that was their own lookout Double Star is typical of Heinlein SF We get a fully sketched out but barely described interplanetary society, in which the United States still exists as a sovereign state, in cooperation with an Empire that governs across the solar system Mars is its own planet, and the alien Martians coexist with humanity, with some on both sides wanting the two races to join together, while others are violent separatists All of this plus the spacefaring technology, which is on the slightly soft side of hard SF, but presents nothing particularly outlandish for this rocket ships and BEM era story.What makes Heinlein a master of his craft is that he drops us into this universe and makes it all perfectly understandable the parts that aren t really explained don t matter , without devoting a single chapter, in fact barely a paragraph, to exposition What exposition there is is all through character dialog, and it all happens through action rather than As You Know Bob conversations Hence, our main character, Lorenzo Smythe, who is a Martianphobe who winds up having to impersonate a politician who is involved in an important formal ritual to become an honorary Martian, tells us everything we need to know about Martians between dodging murder attempts by a renegade faction of Martians this happens in the first few pages of the book and whining about how much he dislikes Martians on his hasty trip to go make friends with them.Heinlein characters are always a bit freakishly competent, which is why we re supposed to believe that Lorenzo is such a great actor that even though he was grabbed seemingly at the last moment by a couple of a shady men needing him to impersonate a famous politician at a moment s notice, he manages to fool almost everyone around his subject, from the Martians to the Emperor.There are even some space politics in this book, though Heinlein is blamed for soapboxing than he actually did, and while there are hints of his usual rugged self reliance and free trade philosophy, nothing is too obviously on the nose with regards to real world politics Are the Martians a metaphor for some Earthly Other Maybe you could read them that way, but sometimes a Martian is just a Martian Likewise, the politician he is impersonating, one of those rare honest sorts who honestly is trying to do the right thing for his nation and his constituents, could easily be read as a liberal or a conservative or any other sort of party member.This was in fact a pretty fast paced yarn about political conspiracies and diplomatic maneuvers that could have easily been told without the sci fi trappings Heinlein added spaceships and Martians because that s the kind of story he wrote, but I ll bet non SF readers would enjoy this story just as much if it had been written as a mundane conspiracy thriller.This is not his most exciting or imaginative work, but it is a good showcase of Heinlein s early style, and his talents as a writer.