Podkayne of Mars

Podkayne of Mars

by Robert A. Heinlein
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Podkayne of Mars by Robert A. Heinlein

A classic tale from the Grandmaster of Science Fiction.

Podkayne Fries, born and raised on Mars, has just one ambition: to earn her wings as a starship pilot and rise through the ranks to command deep-space explorations. The opportunity to travel aboard the Tricorn- on an interstellar journey to Venus and Earth in the company of her diplomat uncle-is a dream come true.

Poddy's idea of diplomacy is keeping the peace with her troublesome brother, Clark, but she's about to learn some things about war and peace. Because her uncle is the Ambassador from Mars to the Three Planets Conference, which makes him-and his niece and nephew-potential targets for any radicals looking to sabotage the negotiations between three worlds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441018345
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 01/05/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

Date of Birth:

July 7, 1907

Date of Death:

May 8, 1988

Place of Birth:

Butler, Missouri

Place of Death:

Carmel, California


Graduate of U.S. Naval Academy, 1929; attended University of California, Los Angeles, 1934, for graduate study in physic

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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 3 months ago
Heinlein is always an awesome read and this book is no different. It was a deviation for him into a story geared toward adolescent readers. But it is still a story that can be enjoyed by adults
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the context of the time, Heinlein was pretty enlightened. Today's young adults would see his characters in this story as satire. My kids were astonished to learn that when I read this book as a girl, back in 70, I didn't see anything wrong with its view of women, etc, because those were still the average persons views. This book with its otherwise engaging adventure story could be very valuable in prompting discussion of how far we have come, and how easy it would be to fall back, how a guy who truly valued women as capable people still couldn't see his own blind spots, and how community both holds us back and supports us in changing ourselves.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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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