Podkayne of Mars

Podkayne of Mars

by Robert A. Heinlein

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"A delight."—New York Herald Tribune

A tale beloved by many fans of Robert A. Heinlein, Podkayne of Mars tells the story of a young Marswoman and her inter-planetary adventures with her uncle and her genius brother.

Told largely through Podkayne's diaries, the story details her travel to Earth with her two companions. Podkayne has very definite plans on what to do and how to do it, but not everything is as it seems. She is suddenly thrust into the middle of life and death situations when the liner they are travelling on makes a stop at Venus.

The original publisher of this book asked Heinlein to change the controversial ending, which Heinlein did extremely reluctantly. He felt the original ending much better suited the story line and was never satisfied with the modified 'safer ' ending. This edition restores the book to how Heinlein originally wrote it. It also includes a letter to his agent, decrying the changes asked for by his original publisher.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940163676361
Publisher: Phoenix Pick
Publication date: 10/29/2019
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 100,323
File size: 1 MB

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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Podkayne of Mars 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 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.
Zumbanista on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Possibly the first sci-fi book I ever read when I was about 11 or 12. Started a love affair with the genre that continued off and on for over 40 years. Have no idea what it's about now, but the favourable memory of it has stayed with me since that time. Would probably find it too young now, but might be interesting to give it another read for old times sake. Give it 4 stars for now and will revise if I revisit it.
gregory_gwen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really liked it when I was 12, at least.
LTFL_JMLS on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really liked it when I was 12, at least.
pastrydeity on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was the first Heinlein book I ever read (I think I was eight?) and so it still has a special place in my heart, but objectively I'd have to say it feels a bit dated.Podkayne Fries is a Marsgirl on an interplanetary trip with her uncle and her bratty-but-brilliant kid brother Clark, and appropriate SFnal mayhem ensues. The story itself is entertaining enough, but Podkayne as a character leaves me a little cold. Maybe it's the era in which it was written, maybe it's Heinlein's apparent trouble writing believable female characters, maybe it's the age Poddy is supposed to be, but she doesn't seem to have much drive or personality of her own. She is naive and she is swept along by the actions and machinations of other people; she doesn't drive the plot herself. I expect more from my heroines than that--but back then, you'd have been lucky to get a heroine at all, so there's that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read this decades ago as a teen and reread it occasionally because I enjoy it. It’s straight forward, has strong well-drawn characters, and a hint of Heinlein’s libertarian world view.
Gilbert_M_Stack More than 1 year ago
One of the interesting things about reading classic science fiction is to see how accurately the author envisioned the future. Podkayne of Mars was first published serially in 1962 and it focuses on a young woman born and raised on Mars. Heinlein wrote many empowered women characters over his career and his heroine, Podkayne, is fairly typical of them. She is very intelligent, courageous, and dreams of a career in what is still considered a “man’s field” in Heinlein’s future. This is a vision of the future of women that made a lot of sense in 1962, but falls short of what women have achieved in the twenty-first century. So it’s very interesting but doesn’t quite feel right. The plot is classic Heinlein and would have fit well with any of his young adult novels. Podkayne is intelligent and sure of herself, but slowly comes to understand that she still has a lot to learn. When politics, of which she is quite innocent, intervenes and she finds herself a pawn in an effort to change the future of the solar system. But Heinlein’s heroes don’t remain pawns for long and Podkayne is no exception. Taking the future into her own hands, she acts. It’s an entertaining look at the future from five decades ago, but the saddest ending I can remember in a Heinlein novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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
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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