Robert A. Heinlein Riccardo Valla
Stella Doppia
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Stella Doppia Il Grande Lorenzo un attore che non nasconde una certa tendenza ad attaccare discorso con gli estranei Come conseguenza un bel giorno viene rapito e imbarcato sul primo razzo per Marte Scopo del comp

  • Title: Stella Doppia
  • Author: Robert A. Heinlein Riccardo Valla
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  • Page: 484
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  • Il Grande Lorenzo un attore che non nasconde una certa tendenza ad attaccare discorso con gli estranei Come conseguenza, un bel giorno viene rapito e imbarcato sul primo razzo per Marte Scopo del complotto sostituire una stella di prima grandezza della politica interplanetaria, l onorevolissimo John Joseph Bonforte, l uomo pi amato e odiato del sistema solare HaIl Grande Lorenzo un attore che non nasconde una certa tendenza ad attaccare discorso con gli estranei Come conseguenza, un bel giorno viene rapito e imbarcato sul primo razzo per Marte Scopo del complotto sostituire una stella di prima grandezza della politica interplanetaria, l onorevolissimo John Joseph Bonforte, l uomo pi amato e odiato del sistema solare Ha inizio cos la recita pi pericolosa della carriera di Lorenzo Smythe, perch alla sua interpretazione affidata la pace tra Marte e la Terra Una situazione esplosiva che lo porter nella stanza dei bottoni di tutto l universo conosciuto.Copertina di Franco Brambilla

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    1. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

      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 [...]

    2. Lyn says:

      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 Zen [...]

    3. Michael says:

      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 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 [...]

    4. Celise says:

      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 fro [...]

    5. Manny says:

      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 [...]

    6. Maria says:

      O lectura facilă și amuzantă, Stea dublă este povestea lui Lawrence Smith, un actor șomer care acceptă să joace rolul unei mari personalități politice timp de câteva zile și se trezește fără voia sa în miezul unei întregi conspirații oculte Cu toate că nu este o capodoperă a originalității sau a răsturnărilor de situație, cartea asta mi-a plăcut destul de mult datorită stilului ironic și personalității personajului principal - folosirea persoanei întâi și felul î [...]

    7. Sarah says:

      A couple of years ago I attended an event at which Connie Willis spoke about her research for Blackout and All Clear. She referenced numerous romantic comedies and several war movies in addition to her factual historic research. I don't recall that she brought up many works of fiction, but Double Star was one of them, and it stuck in my mind as something I wanted to read. Between the Hugo win and the subject matter, I thought it would be worth a try.Willis said that Double Star was inspired by t [...]

    8. David says:

      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 freq [...]

    9. Petertpc says:

      This may be my favorite Robert Heinlein novel, at least of the few I've read so far. I enjoy political intrigue in SF novels and Heinlein does a great job creating a detailed, believable plot full of twists and turns, that still never seems to drag. Lorenzo Smythe is a great character who grows during the course of the book to become a better person. I like that. I also like that there was none of the weird Heinlein sex stuff that made me dislike "Stranger in a Strange Land." This was just a fun [...]

    10. Stephen says:

      4.0 to 4.5 stars. Of the Heinlein novels I have read, this one is my second favorite after The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. I have always been a fan of the "idea" portions of Heinlein's stories but sometimes have found the actual plots a bit dry. Not so with this one which I really liked from both an idea and plot perspective. In brief, the story revolves around a talented, but unemploted, actor named Lawrence Smith recruited to portray a popular politician after he has been kidnapped by political [...]

    11. Stuart says:

      Double Star: No second-rate actor could ever become president, right?Originally posted at Fantasy LiteratureDouble Star is one of Robert Heinlein’s most enjoyable early period SF novels, a short and tightly-plotted story of out-of-work actor Lawrence Smith (aka “The Great Lorenzo”), who is unexpectedly tapped for a very important acting job, to impersonate an important politician named John Bonforte who has been kidnapped. Initially the job is supposed to be just short-term until the real [...]

    12. David says:

      This is a story about a down-in-his-luck actor, Lorenzo Smythe. He was approached with a job; to impersonate someone for about an hour. It would be a quick job, and he would be well paid for his efforts.Lorenzo was not told who he would be impersonating, or the reason why. He had to take the job--or leave it. He eventually was talked into taking the job, but little did he know that the job was to impersonate someone on Mars. And Lorenzo got physically sick at the sight and smell of Martians!This [...]

    13. Jim says:

      Again, I was really tickled by this old tale in audio format. The reader was excellent & his voices occasionally had me in stitches. The King sounded like JFK & it worked. LOL!Politics is the greatest game, but sometimes has dirty players, is Heinlein's assertion. The basic idea is that of team play. Interesting idea & I loved the way the character evolved. Again, he managed to fit a lot of his own ideas into the story without being preachy & keeping the action moving the entire [...]

    14. Sharon Barrow Wilfong says:

      I like vintage Science Fiction novels and this fit the bill in every way. In many ways the science fiction of the 1950s were adventure stories that just happened to take place in outer space. The characters were even called "Space Cowboys" because the heroes did not act much differently then the romanticized versions of, in reality, a boring job herding cattle. Digression:How such a tedious job as taking care of cows metamorphosed into a glamorous, "good guys conquering the villains" persona is [...]

    15. Özgür says:

      Bilimkurgu okurları daha fazla keyif alacaklardır. Benim okuduğum edisyon 104 sayfaydı (OKAT Yayınları - Kindle'da okudum), Metis baskısı 180 sayfa görünüyor. Sanırım benim okuduğum biraz kısaltılmış tercümesi.

    16. Bryan says:

      A fun and quick book, and another example of why the most consistently enjoyable Heinlein writings were the early ones.There's nothing amazingly noteworthy, and it's certainly not a must-read-before-you-die type of book. But it does have a message, and it does have an exuberant style, and (probably its greatest attribute) the book is concise enough to know precisely how to avoid overstaying its welcome.You won't regret giving this a read, whether you've never read science fiction or whether you [...]

    17. Ed [Redacted] says:

      I have a soft spot for Heinlein. Often I think that a Heinlein book that I really enjoy will not be for everyone, however, in this case, I think nearly everyone would enjoy this light, entertaining romp of a book. The narrative is from the POV of the protagonist Lawrence Smythe (hack actor "The Great Lorenzo"). Smythe is a narcissistic, self delusional asshat who is suddenly, more or less without his informed consent, thrust into what turns out to be the life changing role of a lifetime. It is f [...]

    18. Lubinka Dimitrova says:

      ''If there were ethical basics that transcended time and place, then they were true both for Martians and for men. They were true on any planet around any star—and if the human race did not behave accordingly they weren’t ever going to win to the stars because some better race would slap them down for double-dealing.'' 4,5 stars. One couldn't not love the good, old sci-fi, especially when sprinkled with some political Libertarianism. I really liked all the characters, but I was also deeply t [...]

    19. Denis says:

      I've read this fine novel twice. I liked it better the second time 'round. Upon my first reading, I felt I had read - or watched - to many like it before. It was also a different sort of story than what I was expecting, or used to, from Heinlein. But it is well crafted, I liked the characters and the humour. If it's an original idea at the time it was published, it deserved the Hugo and the praise it continues to get.Scalzi could have written this had he been born a couple generation earlier, I [...]

    20. Valerie says:

      In a sense, the narrator is irrelevant. A poorly-educated waif (I never have quite understood Heinlein's apparent worship of abusive father/teachers. The narrator recites a tale of beatings and abuse that would likely serve as a pretty good legal brief for a lawyer suing the father for damages) becomes 'educated' by subsuming his own personality into the person he's hired to impersonate. Essentially an education by suicide, reminiscent of one of Zenna Henderson's stories in which a woman is one [...]

    21. Pablo Padilla says:

      "I regard them as prostitutes, not colleagues. Let me make myself clear. Does an author respect a ghost writer? Would you respect a painter who allowed another man to sign his work -- for money? Possible the spirit of the artist is foreign to you, sir, yet perhaps I may put it in terms germane to your own profession."Lawrence Smith, also known as Lorenzo Smythe --The Great Lorenzo!-- is a very proud actor, and one of the best know in the Empire. He is asked to act in an interesting and well paye [...]

    22. Wendy says:

      While I didn't care much for Heinlein's Starship Troopers, I loved his Stranger in a Strange Land . This book falls somewhere in the middle of the two. Now that I have read three of his works, I have to express my appreciation for their variety. Science fiction can take so many forms, with the most obvious and in your face being the space opera, or the more actual scientific stuff, such as Jurassic Park, which I don't always understand, but I do respect. What I really like about Heinlein's books [...]

    23. Steve says:

      Laurence Smith, stage name Lorenzo Smythe, in search of work, takes on a performance offered by a space pilot, with few details offered. Smythe then very rapidly finds himself immersed in a much more involved project than he believed that he had signed up for. The pilot asks Smythe to assume another man’s persona, again without details, and whisks Smythe off in a spaceship into the reaches of the solar system. Written before man went into space, Heinlein foresees an interplanetary government t [...]

    24. Carl Alves says:

      In Double Star, actor Lorenzo Smythe is a down and out actor who is tabbed to take on the role of pretending to be a key politician who is in the middle of a plot involving potential interplanetary war with Mars. After the politician has been kidnapped and injured, Lorenzo is embroiled in a series of conspiracies that lead him to interplanetary adventure.This was a fun novel to read. For one thing, the pace was very quick and the author did not draw it out by adding fluff and filler. Lorenzo sta [...]

    25. Gertie says:

      Chosen from this Readers's Top 100 list: modernlibrary/top-100/It's hard to rate a book that was written over 60 years ago - it always feels a little unfair to rate something that was written for different sensibilities. But, I will I'm rating it based on my current experience of it.When this book started, I thought I wasn't going to be able to finish it, or wouldn't like it, because the main character is so arrogant, snobbish, prejudiced, just an all-around douchebag. However as he takes on his [...]

    26. KatHooper says:

      Originally posted at FanLit:Most of Robert A. Heinlein’s adult novels have interesting ideas or premises but many lack likeable characters and/or fun quickly-moving plots. Fortunately Double Star has all the right elements and is entertaining from start to finish. It’s one of Heinlein’s best novels, I think, and I must not be alone in that opinion since it won the Hugo Award in 1956 and was nominated for Locus’ All-Time Best Science Fiction Novels. Double Star is a character-based novel [...]

    27. Violinknitter says:

      Note to self: you find Heinlein unbearably offensive, even if he can write a good plot. Stay away in the future.I picked up this book as an Audible Daily Deal. I absolutely loved the narrator's performance. He has to read in the voice of an actor who is often acting as someone else, plus give recognizable accents to the rest of the cast of characters. The audiobook is worth it for the narration alone.Heinlein, unfortunately, is his typical misogynistic self in this story. The political machinati [...]

    28. Kevin Brown says:

      This is one of my "read all the Hugo and Nebula novels" books. Of all the authors on the list, Heinlein I fear the most. He won four Hugos. I have tried to read "Stranger In a Strange Land" before and could not get into it. "Farnham's Freehold" (admittedly, not an award winner) was god-awful. So I have to mark "Double Star" as a pleasant surprise; a fairly straightforward political story with a main character who (unlike many of RH's) avoids atrocious, long-winded lecturing. And even the dialog, [...]

    29. Richard Guion says:

      Still relevant & entertaining today as it was in the 1950sWonderfully fast paced tale of an actor hired to replace a kidnapped politician. Somewhat vain & non-political he learns to take up the cause of rights for all aliens. Very good, funny, I could imagine Ben Kingsely in the role of Smythe/Bonaparte.

    30. Joan says:

      While this is one of Heinlein's less known titles, for my money, it is one of his more interesting titles. The science fiction takes a back seat in this but is still present. The focus is on political science. Lorenzo, a self aggrandizing actor, is approached to play an impersonation of someone. Who he doesn't find out until it is too late to back out. Besides his father had always said the show must go on so he really has to do the job. But he hates and is terrified of Martians and the role wou [...]

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