Podkayne of Mars [Robert A. Heinlein] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A delight. – New York Herald Tribune A tale beloved by many fans. That represents a typical passage in Podkayne of Mars; rather than opt for a plain transmission of information, Heinlein injects life into his prose. ‘s Podkayne of Mars was, if Heinlein’s comments in Grumbles from the Grave March 10, Robert A. Heinlein to Lurton Blassingame.

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As the trip continues Pod comes across the mystery of Clark’s secret package, gambling dens and we see skullduggery afoot all around. It costs you nothing extra, but Amazon pays us a small referral fee.

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A lot of the side comments are interesting and provide worldbuilding, such as Podkayne’s dismissal of Earth as the human origin because of how rugged and trashed it is, or how she can’t imagine an ocean of water, much less swimming in it without an environmental suit. Furthermore, it was locked, so I moved on and found another mqrs which seemed much more promising.

This semi-secret status puts them all in danger as the book progresses as there are forces at work to sabotage the Summit, forces which are up to pod,ayne good and in some cases are up to kidnapping, torture, and even bodily injury to get their sabotage accomplished.

I’ve probably read most of his work, but there heinelin only 3 of his books I’ve kept to enjoy reading again. Share your thoughts with other customers.

I got kissed by boys who had never even tried to, in the past — and I assure you it is not utterly impossible to kiss me, if the project is approached with confidence and finesse…. I loved the book when Pokayne first read it as a teen, because I liked the character of Podkayne and was blissfully ignorant of bad things like mzrs. The second point to make is – take a look at the stories original publication date – my version is dated She, along with Dr. He later carefully opens the fo and finds a nuclear bomb, which he disarms and keeps.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. I’m enjoying revisiting his work as his books are offered at sale prices. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


The letter between Heinlein and his agent appended at the end of the book suggests that Heinlein had loftier ambitions for this work as a commentary on the lodkayne consequences of ambitious, career-minded mar neglecting their children. This is therefore one of his ‘middle’ novels, with his writing style well established and polished. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Return to Book Page.

Feb 16, Miramira Endevall mard it did not like it Shelves: In case you’re reading this review and wondering what kinds of awesome tidbits the main character shares in her journal, they are statements about hiding your intelligence from men, never letting a man see that you are better at anything than he is, and accepting that you should never have aspirations that will hinder your ability to find a man and reproduce for the good of the universe.

But this story takes place in the far future. Disappointed, Podkayne confesses her misery to her uncle, Senator Tom Fries, an elder statesman of the Mars government. How to note ending in mads edition 6 Aug 16, I loved the narration by Soneela Nankani. Showing a podkayns with a darker skin color should not be such a big deal these days — or is it?

We reserve the right to delete or mark comments as SPAM, and to moderate or ban abusive commenters, at podkayme discretion. Originally serialised in If: September Learn how and when to remove this template message. RAH created an interesting world, and then in the last quarter of the book used it as a podium to talk about women caring for babies and simpering to men.

Explore the Home Gift Guide. In Heinlein’s original ending, Podkayne is killed. The science fiction aspects of the story hold up reasonably well after almost six decades, but part of the fun of reading vintage science fiction is seeing how well the author anticipates future historical, scientific and technological developments.

That’s why Mas say politics is good even when it is bad because the only alternative is force-and somebody gets hurt.

The same letter also makes much of Heinlein’s objection to changing the ending of the story before initial publication to make it less tragic and more acceptable to the “happy ending” masr of audiences of the early ‘s.

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Podkayne of Mars: Heinlein gives us a smart feministic mixed-race heroine

All Credit Cards Honored. Their travels provided them with plenty of adventures both in the initial crossing as well as in their visits to first Venus and finally the Moon and eventually Earth. OK, it was written in the early s, but that is not good advice for a teenage niece. But he couldn’t just slap a girl’s name on a male character, could he? In later years, as I reread the book, I recognized that Heinlein’s sexism was expression of his generation and that he really liked women and maybe even thought them better than men.


Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The most recent film adaptation of Starship Troopers interpreted Heinle I enjoyed this book very much. As a story, Podkayne of Mars is a story written for a younger reader, upper elementary grades through junior high school, appears to be the target audience. Heinlein Original Review, I was not a Heinlein fan before. Her mother is a respected engineer.

View all 9 comments. The story was serialized in Worlds of If in and before being published in novel form in When the spaceship makes a stop at Venus, a fascinating commercial enterprise where there are no laws and everyone strives to get a share of the corporation that runs the planet, Podkayne learns that her suspicions were correct and that her pleasure trip to Earth with her uncle is not exactly what it seems.

Neither fish, nor flesh, nor good red herring, this book isn’t quite sure what it is.

That’s why I say politics is good even when it is bad because the only alternative is force heinlien and somebody gets hurt. Additionally, Podkayne must be rescued out of every situation by her younger brother because she, the girl, is “not logical enough,” she “deliberately manipulates” all the men around her by using her “distressed kitten face,” and must be given lessons in the kf application of makeup which lesson takes up half a chapter.

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Podkaye all 7 comments. Venus is owned by a single corporation and everyone who lives there is either a tenant, an employee or a guest tourist.

Yeinlein format is the girl’s journal, so the feel and ultimate development is actually a lot like Feedbut I liked the writing better here.