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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Blessed with a genius IQ but completely without moral compunction, he was the sort of boy that was ‘likely to devise a way to blow up the universe just to hear the bang. Sometimes you gain ground and sometimes you lose it.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Aug 20, Kilian Metcalf rated it liked it. It’s a woman’s world today, dear – enjoy it and be grateful. Uncle Tom feels that Clark is dangerous and maladjusted, and attributes this to the mother giving priority to her career.

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To ask other readers questions about Podkayne of Marsplease sign up. Not your average Robert A. Her mother is a system-class, award-winning mechanical engineer, so she’s got a good strong female role model. Women’s liberation was still a long way away.

View all 3 comments. All while Heinlein is already communicating that women are capable of equaling, or out-classing, men at the same time he positions young Podkayne, and her brother, as palpably grasps for a role models.


It’s actually a significant idea, I think, as much as the separation of sex from pregnancy with birth control. Podkayne Fries, a clever Martian maid with dreams of becoming the first female starship pilot, is delighted to join her diplomatic uncle on an interstellar journey.

This article does not cite any sources. She begins to realize that Tom is much more than just her pinochle-playing uncle.

The less-than-stellar reviews on goodreads do not lie. I enjoyed it and I don’t see ehinlein others will not either – just remember to consider this as vintage science fiction. In the end; as entertaining as I feel this story to be, much of this book could be misunderstood [see other reader reviews], so in this rare case I would dare say I might recommend this to gender studies majors or anyone prepared to talk about this book in a forum. SFBook is entirely funded by Ant including hosting, development and any other costs.

Matthew is a libertarian living in central Ohio. The ultimate fate of “Poddy” changes the final story arc very little. This is almost as fun podkahne read as the book.

Murray Rothbard might be tempted to point out that a single corporation dominating the economy would be as blind as any government, but Heinlein is a touch stingy on details; his main intent seems to be an exploration of how the profit motive keeps violence to a minimum.

Strugatsky, Boris and Arkady. Uncle Tom offers all sorts of unfussy advice to his niece on just about any subject “Don’t commit suicide on an empty stomach, my dear; it’s bad for the digestion”most of it well worth imparting to either teenager or adult. But now the funnest thing about this old copy of Podkayne of Mars Ace Science Fiction is the misdirectional blurb on the back cover: Look for the Reprint edition.


Share this review Google Pinterest Facebook Twitter. Of him, Podkayne says. Currently in the middle of Assassin’s Apprentice for the first time. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Robert Heinlein was one of the most influential and controversial authors of his time. When she reads fiction, she wants to encounter new ideas and lots of imagination.

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I don’t think it’s fair to judge a man’s character by the course of events in a story he wrote in when comparing it to modern sensibilities. I don’t know how convincingly Podkayne is written as a girl, but her relationship with her brother feels realistic to me, even if her brother is a little too smart. First to set the edition – this is the version of the book with the single ending – those of you who are aware know that its publishers demanded a rewrite as they were not happy with the original ending Heinlein wrote.

Book published by Baen Books in I would hope that most people in the world would disregard logic and personal safety to care for and protect innocents. Honestly, this felt like the first part in a serialized story.