Podkayne of Mars

Podkayne of Mars

eBook - 2010
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Podkayne Fries, born and raised on Mars, has just one ambition: to earn her wings as a starship pilot and rise through the ranks to command deep-space explorations. The opportunity to travel aboard the Tricorn - on an interstellar journey to Venus and Earth in the company of her diplomat uncle - is a dream come true. Poddy's idea of diplomacy is keeping the peace with her troublesome brother, Clark, but she's about to learn some things about war and peace. Because her uncle is the Ambassador from Mars to the Three Planets Conference, which makes him-and his niece and nephew-potential targets for any radicals looking to sabotage the negotiations between three worlds.
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2010
Edition: Ace trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781101171363
1101171367
9781101170601
1101170603
Characteristics: 214 p. ; 21 cm

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tshelfer
Dec 27, 2016

One of Heinlein's more juvi-oriented books, but still enjoyable as an adult read. Heinlein describes a solar system in which Mars is an independent state, Venus is essentially a "company town", and some moons are in various states of allegiance to the Earth Federation. To this mix, add 15 y/o Podkayne Fries and her younger brother, Clark, who leave Mars for the first time to travel with their Uncle Tom (a senator from Mars) to Earth. To them it's a visit; to Uncle Tom, it's a key political meeting. Fro there, political intrigue takes center stage.

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Starpoem
Sep 10, 2016

Interesting descriptions of aliens & space travel.

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joetafoya1951
Aug 30, 2016

This was the first novel I remember reading. I was nine years old and hooked on Science Fiction forever more. I loved it at the time and plan to re-read it soon. It took me into the world of reading and I am grateful for the lesson in imagination and what could be. Thank you Mr. Heinlein.

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