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Podkayne Of Mars
     

Podkayne Of Mars

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by Robert A. Heinlein
 

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Meet Podkayne Fries, a thoroughly Martian Ms. who thinks that Earth is not really fit for habitation and that humanity evolved on the now-exploded Fifth Planet Paddy has one goal in life; to be the first female starship captain.She has her strategy all scoped out, and with her determination, looks and I.Q. she'll get there, never you doubt!

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Meet Podkayne Fries, a thoroughly Martian Ms. who thinks that Earth is not really fit for habitation and that humanity evolved on the now-exploded Fifth Planet Paddy has one goal in life; to be the first female starship captain.She has her strategy all scoped out, and with her determination, looks and I.Q. she'll get there, never you doubt!

But all work and no play would make Poddy a Dull Girl, so when a chance comes her way to travel to distant Earth to Venus witrh her elderly uncle, Paddy jumps at it, even if it does mean having her loathsome little brother along for the trip. Travel, Adventure, the chance to cuddle up (in a nice way) with real spaceship officers and ruthlessly pump their brains- she'll have it all!

What Poddy doesn't know is that "Unca Tom" is more than her warmly supportive relative: he is also the Ambassador Plenipotentiary from Mars to the Three-Planets Conference (travelling not quite incognito enough) and that certain parties will stop at nothing to gain control of his vote -including kidnapping and doing terrible things to sweetly innocent Poddy Fries....

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A girl raised on Mars travels back to Earth in Heinlein's vintage SF tale, first published in 1963. (Aug.)
Library Journal
This 1963 sf adventure with a female protagonist features Podkayne Fries, who just wants to be a starship pilot. Her family's power, however, makes her a political target. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425020739
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
02/01/1971
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Anson Heinlein was born in Missouri in 1907, and was raised there. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1929, but was forced by illness to retire from the Navy in 1934. He settled in California and over the next five years held a variety of jobs while doing post-graduate work in mathematics and physics at the University of California. In 1939 he sold his first science fiction story to Astounding magazine and soon devoted himself to the genre.

He was a four-time winner of the Hugo Award for his novels Stranger in a Strange Land (1961), Starship Troopers (1959), Double Star (1956), and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (1966). His Future History series, incorporating both short stories and novels, was first mapped out in 1941. The series charts the social, political, and technological changes shaping human society from the present through several centuries into the future.

Robert A. Heinlein's books were among the first works of science fiction to reach bestseller status in both hardcover and paperback. he continued to work into his eighties, and his work never ceased to amaze, to entertain, and to generate controversy. By the time hed died, in 1988, it was evident that he was one of the formative talents of science fiction: a writer whose unique vision, unflagging energy, and persistence, over the course of five decades, made a great impact on the American mind.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
July 7, 1907
Date of Death:
May 8, 1988
Place of Birth:
Butler, Missouri
Place of Death:
Carmel, California
Education:
Graduate of U.S. Naval Academy, 1929; attended University of California, Los Angeles, 1934, for graduate study in physic

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Podkayne of Mars 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
DinVegas More than 1 year ago
It's the readers digest version and they DON'T MENTION IT until you've downloaded it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read many of Heinlein's works and this is one of my favorites. Podkayne is that dreamy girl who is growing up, and then learns the world is diabolical in many ways (much unlike her ladylike self). Great characters like all of Heilein's but a slightly darker plot. I highly recommend it to everyone, even the little youngens who might be put off by his adult selection. Excellent read, yes yes.
Dr_Horrible More than 1 year ago
I can't make my mind up if this is a book for teens or not. Probably. It doesn't have the adult "feeling" Anyway, Podkayne and her very clever little brother leave their home planet of Mars to accompany their uncle on a journey. He is a career politician and has enemies as well as friends. To begin with, they appear to have a pleasant journey, where the siblings use most of their time to enjoy each other, but the author soon hints at not everything being quite that simple. The book is okay, but didn't really catch me. Don't get me wrong, I know that it's a science fiction classic, and the story is wonderfully original, but it still doesn't carry me away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dear Reviewer, I'm a fan of Robert Heinlein's work and I have yet to read any of his juvenile fiction. Therefore, I picked up Podkayne of Mars and found it to be the stepping stone between his juvenile work and his more heavy weighted writing. It's a good read, focused on Podkayne's thoughts on this and that as she travels from Mars to Venus, etc. As you get deeper into the book, the adventures get more serious and the ending is spectacular (there are two different endings, but they aren't vastly different from each other). If you are new to Heinlein's work and like lighter reading with a bit of an edge, than this book is for you. If you want heavy political/social thought, then you may want to read this one later on. Okay, hope you enjoy it!
Astrid Jekat More than 1 year ago
I first read this book when I was nine, and have returned to it as an adult, enjoying it both times. Whimsically funny, it introduces scifi concepts to the young, addresses issues of growing up, and entertains us grownups with ever so gently hinting at the risque. Suitable for any age, a real classic.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Other reviews give the ending away, but I wont. Poddy lives a life of adventure. She travels around and sees enough of the world to start becomimg jaded. Then she gives in to a simple act of compassion. And the result is quite a twist, and totally unexpected. The whole story works, the characters seem real, the plot is believable, the situations are realistic. - AndrewO, in San Jose, California.
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I loved this book it was so funny and the ending was great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My biggest Heinlein dissapointment. This book is, in my opinion, unfinished. Now, it IS true that I read it as a child, so it is possible that a more mature reader may find the book more engauging. But it's also true that I was reading at least 3 books a week at the time, and actually had MORE patience at the time, so maybe not. To me the book is written as if it's all one long prologue. It's written compleatly in the third-person, as Pookayne's diary entries. I kept waiting for the action to start, but the book ends before that ever happens. I believe that this was an experiment by Heinlein, and a failed one at that. My evidence, that he never-again writes another book in the third person. The story it describes would have been very good, it IS a Heinlein book after all, but there is no suspence, no action, and no adventure, because the action and adventure is always presented as something already compleated because of the diary, and third-person format. I really felt cheated by this book, so unless you want to read all of Heinlien's work, I'd skip it.
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