|Genre:||Science fiction novel|
|Preceded by:||Tunnel in the Sky|
|Followed by:||Time for the Stars|
“Double Star” is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein, first serialized in “Astounding Science‐Fiction” February, March, April issues of 1956, and published in hardcover the same year. It received the 1956 “Hugo Award” for Best Novel (his first).
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!