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A tale beloved by many fans of Robert A. Heinlein, Podkayne of Mars tells the story of a young Marswoman and her interplanetary 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 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-or-death situations when the liner they are traveling on makes a stop at Venus.

Heinlein was originally asked to change the controversial ending, and he reluctantly did. But he felt the original ending better suited the story 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.

©2016 Robert A. Heinlein (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Twisted ending

I have always enjoyed this author and he's has been as much as the teacher as an author. Most of his books have happy or semi happy endings. This one doesn't come close to a happy in it, but it's more real life than previous books endings.

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Return of An Old Favorite

Read this book as a child in the late 60's...just before Star Trek came out. It was the time of the great classic SciFi authors---Clarke, Anderson, Norton, Ellison, Heinlein & a few others. Analog was my favorite magazine, & I remember feeling so grown up when my parents gave me a year's subscription for one birthday. Podkayne of Mars was the first SciFi book I ever read, and I loved it! I still do. Sci-fi has evolved over the years, & this is certainly a book aimed at a younger audience & as a kind of intro to SciFi. However, for me, Podkayne of Mars is old friend I enjoy visiting with every so often. Ms. Nankani captured Podkayne perfectly.

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Teen age girls diary

Sadly, this is the first book written by him that I hate. the whole book is a teenage girls diary entries. At one point she is even throwing a fit about how she didnt get her way and how her parents are unfair. The ending couldnt come fast enough and even the ending was horrible and anticlimactic. Buy a different book.

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This is an abridged version of the original

This version omits the telephone call at the end of the story that uncle Tom had with Podkane's parents and his scolding of them for the way they raised their their children. It also makes clear that Podkane survived the explosion. This version infers that she died. I don't know why they had to change the story this way.

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Different ending

I was eagerly awaiting the ending, but they switched it to something sadder. I had to go back and reread my book ending to be sure; Podkayne is supposed to live(in ICU for a bit) and Clark is supposed to still be on Venus waiting for their father to get there to pick them up.