October 22, 2002

Double Star, by Robert A. Heinlein

Heinlein wrote this in 1956, and won a Hugo award for it. I'm not sure just when they first started awarding the Hugo, but this must have been one of the first Hugo winners.

Man, how times have changed.

This is a novel of imposture. A prominent politician has been kidnapped; it's urgent that it not be known. So an out-of-work actor with the politician's bone structure is dragooned (more or less) to impersonate him--just for a few days. He's successful, and the politician's staff manage to rescue him. Alas, the great man is much the worse for wear, and the impersonation must continue....

It goes on fairly predictably from there. It's a friendly little tale, well-told, but I am shocked that it won a Hugo.

Posted by Will Duquette at October 22, 2002 06:55 PM