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eBook Podkayne of Mars ePub

by Robert A. Heinlein

  • ISBN: 0425017915
  • Category: Astronomy and Space Science
  • Subcategory: Math Science
  • Author: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Berkley Books; 1st THUS edition (1970)
  • ePub book: 1500 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1343 kb
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  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 661

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Podkayne of Mars is a science fiction novel by American writer Robert A. Heinlein, originally serialised in Worlds of If (November 1962, January, March 1963), and published in hardcover in 1963. The novel is about a teenage girl named Podkayne "Poddy" Fries and her asocial younger genius brother, Clark, who leave their home on Mars to take a trip on a spaceliner to visit Earth, accompanied by their uncle.

Robert A. Heinlein Podkayne of Mars I All my life I've wanted to go to Earth. Anglish isn't all that hard and I learned it as soon as I found out that a lot of books I wanted to read had never been translated. Not to live, of course-just to see it. As everybody knows, Terra is a wonderful place to visit but not to live. Not truly suited to human habitation. Personally, I'm not convinced that the human race originated on Earth. But it doesn't pay to tell eveiything you know, or somebody comes along and tells you to stop doing whatever it is you are doing. Probably your older sister.

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Robert Anson Heinlein was born on July 7, 1907 in Butler, Mo. The son of Rex Ivar and Bam Lyle Heinlein, Robert Heinlein had two older brothers, one younger brother, and three younger sisters. Moving to Kansas City, M. at a young age, Heinlein graduated from Central High School in 1924 and attended one year of college at Kansas City Community College. Following in his older brother's footsteps, Heinlein entered the Navel Academy in 1925.

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In 1980 Robert Heinlein was a member of the Citizens Advisory Council on.Heinlein's novel Podkayne of Mars was serialized in If, with a cover by Virgil Finlay.

In 1980 Robert Heinlein was a member of the Citizens Advisory Council on National Space Policy, chaired by Jerry Pournelle, which met at the home of SF writer Larry Niven to write space policy papers for the incoming Reagan Administration. Members included such aerospace industry leaders as former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, General Daniel O. Graham, aerospace engineer Max Hunter and North American Rockwell VP for Space Shuttle development George Merrick.

The novel is about a teenage girl named Podkayne of Mars.

Comments

Kamuro Kamuro
It was fun to delve into a bit of vintage science fiction with this Heinlein novel. This piece is an adventure story for a youth or young adult audience. It's relatively entertaining and moves along at a satisfactory pace after the first few chapters. 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. Heinlein is not far off the mark with respect to future telecommunications and space transportation technology; however, he misses the advent of e-commerce and digital documents, photography and data storage. (One amusing incident in the book involves the little brother ingeniously extracting the chemical colors from celluloid photographic film to play a prank.) Based on recent scientific investigation of planetary conditions on Mars and Venus, neither place would be as suitable for mass human colonization as the book assumes. Non-human life forms in the book are depicted rather cartoonishly by contemporary standards but not out of step with the era in which the book was written. A current Earth population of 7 billion people makes a future Earth population of 8 billion seem far less dystopian than the novel suggests. In an era when the planet had only 2 billion people, I'm sure it was hard for Heinlein and his contemporaries to conceive of a world that could have and sustain a population almost four times that size within a century.

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 psychological consequences of ambitious, career-minded mothers neglecting their children. (What about ambitious, career-minded fathers who neglect their children?) If that is a major theme it is well concealed from the casual reader. 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" sensibilities of audiences of the early 1960's. (This version of the book incorporates his original ending). But I think the notion that the "happy ending" he wrote compromised the story is overblown. The ultimate fate of "Poddy" changes the final story arc very little. I suspect the real issue was artistic control. No author likes to be pressured to change their work to make it more commercial.
ARE ARE
And Poddy is NO ordinary Girl. Future Starship Captain and Master-Of-Men Podkayne Fries is quite clearly the author of her own destiny, she thinks. And THAT is the point of this "Romp" through the Inner Solar system. The Worlds have been developing, each along it's own course, and naturally there are going to be "growing pains." Just a Poddy faces changes in her own thinking after having her nose rubbed in some rather un-pleasant realities, Diapers, changed plans, people who are NOT what they seem. Ah, if onlly life were as simple as it was SUPPOSED to be.

Strictly speaking this is NOT part of the Jueveniles that were written for Scribners after WWII for the Boy's Market. But Heinlein learned to deal with the adolescent mind so well that trying on the "Voice" of a Girl was clearly too much of a challenge to resist. Both Poddy and her poisionous little Brother "ring true" and I've actually met them in the hear-and-now world.
kolos kolos
I got the Kindle version. It has the original ending plus Heinlein's reasoning for choosing it. The book is a mixture of 2 stories. The first half can get boring-- an entire chapter on solar flares for example.

I think those who complain about Podkayne's attitude to men should give Podkayne some slack. She is ambitious and has a successful role model in her mother. And she is a teenager, and naturally wants to know how to attract the attentions of the opposite sex. I wonder if some of the grumpy reviewers forget when their hormones were raging.

The writing is typical Heinlein-- if you like it, and I do, you will enjoy it. Why only 3 stars? The 2 stories needed to be better related. The second half was more exciting, but gets cut off too soon.
Moonshaper Moonshaper
This is my least favorite of Heinlein's juveniles (he didn't mean for it to be a juvenile), but it still has lots of interesting science and one of the author's trademark space adventure/coming-of-age plots.

I admired Clark, the amoral genius of a little brother, and I tried to like Podkayne, but she was so manipulative, dumbing herself down in the presence of men and relying on sex appeal to get what she wanted. The first time I read this book, it had the relatively happy ending that was forced on Robert Heinlein by his publisher. This Kindle version of "Podkayne of Mars" ends the way the author meant it to.

"Podkayne of Mars" was published in hardcover in 1963 after it had been serialized in the "Worlds of If" science fiction magazine. All of the author's best juvenile fiction had been published prior to 1960, at least in my opinion. Then Heinlein started his exploration of feminine psychology, beginning with Podkayne and ending with Friday. In between, there were men who morphed into women and seemed to spend most of their time exploring frilly underwear. I was totally embarrassed by those books. I thought Heinlein's most admirable female characters were either totally sexless like PeeWee in "Have Space Suit, Will Travel" or were just getting on with their jobs like the ship's captain in "Starship Troopers."