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Double Star by Robert Heinlein Doubleday Book Club First Edition 1956 Yellow Hardcover w/Dust Jacket Science Fiction Vintage Book

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Double Star
by Robert Heinlein
Doubleday Book Club First Edition 1956
Yellow Hardcover w/Dust Jacket
190 pages, Measures 8.5 x 5.75 inches. Weighs 11 ounces

Condition: Book, Good. DJ, Fair.
Dust Jacket is scuffed and creased at edges with small chips and tears, and faint stains on the inside.

Book is brilliant yellow, a solid and sturdy copy. Slightly cocked. Former bookstore sticker on first leaf (title page)
Endpapers front and back have been cleanly removed. (no text pages were removed, this has been confirmed through other copies having the same amount of pages)
Corners are slightly scuffed. Deckled edge pages are slightly off-white and appear quite clean.
A fine copy.

"Lorenzo Smythe, an actor out of a job, was willing to take on anything came along – including the drink offered him in a bar by a man Lorenzo knew to be from outer space. It was a fateful meeting – one which resulted in the most important, yet most dangerous and terrifying, acting role in his professional career.
It was not until Lorenzo found himself shanghaied on a spaceship bound for Mars that he discovered the extraordinary nature of this new job: to impersonate John J Bonforte, leader of the political expansionist coalition, the most loved – and hated – man in the solar system.
As Lorenzo's limited engagement stretched into a literally stellar performance, he found that he was playing a part in which there was no distinction between make-believe and reality. With a Galactic Empire depending on the success of his impersonation, Lorenzo was caught in an actors nightmare from which there was no escape."

Courtesy of Wikipedia:

Robert Anson Heinlein (/ˈhaɪnlaɪn/;[1][2][3] July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was an American science fiction writer. Often called the "dean of science fiction writers",[4] he was an influential and controversial author of the genre in his time.

He was one of the first science fiction writers to break into mainstream magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post in the late 1940s. He was one of the best-selling science fiction novelists for many decades, and he, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke are often considered to be the "Big Three" of science fiction authors.[5][6]

A notable writer of science fiction short stories, Heinlein was one of a group of writers who came to prominence under the editorship of John W. Campbell, Jr. in his Astounding Science Fiction magazine—though Heinlein denied that Campbell influenced his writing to any great degree.

Within the framework of his science fiction stories, Heinlein repeatedly addressed certain social themes: the importance of individual liberty and self-reliance, the obligation individuals owe to their societies, the influence of organized religion on culture and government, and the tendency of society to repress nonconformist thought. He also speculated on the influence of space travel on human cultural practices.
The noted science-fiction writer and critic James Blish was no fan of Heinlein's treatment of his first-person protagonists in a number of his novels. Writing in 1957, however, Blish says that "The only first-person narrator Heinlein has created who is a living, completely independent human being is The Great Lorenzo of Double Star. Lorenzo is complete all the way back to his childhood — the influence of his father upon what he thinks is one of the strongest motives in the story — and his growth under pressure is consistent with his character and no-one else's." [1]

Galaxy reviewer Floyd C. Gale praised the novel, finding it "an excellent example of Heinlein's ability to take one of the oldest plots in any literature ... and present it as an enjoyable reading experience."[2] Admitting "a certain reservation, even disappointment," Anthony Boucher nevertheless concluded that Heinlein was "simply creating an agreeably entertaining light novel, and in that task he succeeds admirably."[3]

At the 1957 Worldcon it received the Hugo Award for Best Novel (his first) of the previous year.[4]

In 2012, the novel was selected for inclusion in the Library of America two-volume boxed set American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s, edited by Gary K. Wolfe.[5]

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