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Podkayne of Mars

by Robert A. Heinlein

Cover artist unknown

Publisher: Berkley

Pub year: 1970

Cover price: 75¢


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A science fiction novel by the most honored American SF writer — author of Stranger in a Strange Land

Back cover text

Robert A. Heinlein has invented most of the concepts of modern science fiction — has stirred readers everywhere with his fast-paced yet thought-provoking stories — has won one-fourth of all the "Hugo" SF novel awards made to date!*

Podkayne of Mars is Heinlein at his fastest, a tale of an engagingly dangerous Marsgirl, and her incredible kid brother — who wouldn't interfere with the end of the world unless he could get a commission on it! Pack Podkayne and Clark into a luxury spaceship — and you've got trouble aplenty without worrying about the time bomb Clark smuggled aboard....

"Swift, detailed, believable ... slambang adventure"
— Theodore Sturgeon

*Four out of sixteen, for the precisionists.

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Interior text

Next stop Venus

Podkayne Fries, her lethal little brother Clark, and their slightly mysterious uncle, were outward bound for Earth, with a stopover at Venus — a fantastic trip Poddy had never expected to make ... and wouldn't have, except for Uncle Tom's talent for discreet blackmail.

But what Podkayne didn't know was that the secret services of three planets — plus some unsavory freelancers — were taking an unhealthy interest in the luxury space liner ... and in Miss Podkayne Fries in particular!

A rousing adventure, featuring one of the most engaging heroines in science fiction, PODKAYNE OF MARS is also a remarkable picture of the customs and characters of the coming Age of Space.