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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Podkayne of Mars is filled with the vibrant and imaginative landscapes Heinlein is know for, including a Venusberg that’s almost some kind of cyber-punk Las Vegas. Clark still takes over as the narrator, and, again, regrets that Podkayne was hurt and plans to take care of the fairy, this time because Podkayne will want to see it when she is better.

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. In fact nobody can open up or run a business without the corporation getting its cut. There follows a letter from Heinlein to his agent, datedstating that his original ending was intended to show that it is all the mother’s fault because she was “the highly successful career woman who wouldn’t take time to raise her own kids.

This piece is an adventure story for a youth or young adult audience.

This was entertaining, a little thin, but a well played use of science fiction politics an I like Robert A. We receive referral fees for all purchases not just books. Introduce an infant into a situation, even if it is of a different species, and a woman–no matter how intelligent, savvy or career-oriented–will always disregard logic and personal safety to care for and protect it.

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

No one suggests to the title character that her ambition to be captain of a space-going vessel is an impossibility, although her attitudes toward men seem sexist and manipulative. The way he wrote Poddy was probably revolutionary back in the s. She is smart and brave, not opposed to “marriage in due time,” but has big plans for her life. This is the same, but reversed. Feb 11, Thom rated it it was ok Shelves: There is in the text, to my mind, every indication that Heinlein meant what he made Uncle Tom say.


As can be expected from Heinlein the book is very well written and it’s very hard not to get to love Paddy even if she is very naive and goody-goody. Lists with This Book.

If it hadn’t been for the overarching moral I would have given this book four stars. And maybe, in some Brechtian way, we’re supposed to interpret Pod’s lack of rebellion as a signal to start rebelling in all the ways she doesn’t.

Podkayne of Mars

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. What about ambitious, career-minded fathers who neglect their children? I did feel the ending was disappointing and have read some other reviews that concur. So this was a bit ridiculous. This means that Pod and Clark are privileged to interact with all sorts of odd characters the average future space traveler would not. I have nothing against motherhood, I have nothing but admiration for women who manage both careers and raising children, and I have respect for women who admit they cannot or do not want to do both and must make a choice.

He figured out a way to let most of us, most of the time, get along well enough so that we usually don’t kill each other.

BOOK REVIEW | Podkayne of Mars by Robert Heinlein

He spends the first half of the book on a space journey; it has very little bearing on the overall plot. They didn’t trust her brother either. And I think that with the understanding that Heinlein was exploring the maternal instinct, and the understanding that the Unreliable Narrator technique certainly applies to the heroine as well as most of the other characters, Podkayne is a memorable novel that, even though it was written more than fifty years ago, and even though it was intended as teen fiction, stands the test of time.


The question becomes one of how many of the party will come out of this whole process alive and well for their final arrival on Earth and their subsequent return to Mars. The character’s perceptions are somewhat askew from what the truth actually is, and such a technique actually shows more about the character than the world.

It was fun to delve into a bit of vintage science fiction with this Heinlein novel. Mystery and horror aboard a haunted spaceship Sunday Status Update: While in his early days he was some form of leftist, socialist progressive, his views underwent a pronounced change later on and he earned himself a divorce in the process.

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The magnificent possibilities of the first chapter and its coda are set aside. I don’t know how convincingly Podkayne is written as a girl, but her relationship with her brother podmayne realistic to me, even if her brother is a little too smart.

Heinlein like many of the grand masters of science fiction created some amazing pieces of work maars have gone on to influence and colour modern society. The kids liked this one so much we had a replay together. Clark’s ploy is taken from a real-life incident, related in Heinlein’s Tramp Royalein which his wife answers the same question with “heroin” substituted for the fictitious, but equally illegal, happy dust.

This new version of the book is a bit special – when Heinlein wrote the story in the early sixties his editor found the ending to hard and he Heinlein was forced to rewrite it.

As I read it now, I can’t help but think about my own children and my relationships with them. This edition restores the book to how Heinlein originally wrote it. The kids liked this one, but it didn’t really resonate.

Next up is Venus, their first port of call and a land of interest for the socio-philosophical reader.