|Genre:||Science fiction novel|
|Preceded by:||Glory Road|
|Followed by:||Orphans of the Sky|
“Podkayne of Mars” is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein, originally serialised in “Worlds of If” November 1962, January, March 1963, and published in hardcover by “Putnam” in 1963.
This book, along with “Starship Troopers”, shows Heinlein moving away from his old, comfortable territory of juvenile science fiction novels. Both books were written for a publisher expecting to market a juvenile science fiction novel, and both raised serious objections from the publisher.
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.