"THAT'S ME: PODDY FRIES, FREE CITIZEN OF MARS, FEMALE… WATCH FOR ME IN THE NEWS": FIRST EDITION OF HEINLEIN'S PODKAYNE OF MARS
HEINLEIN, Robert. Podkayne of Mars: Her Life and Times. New York: Putnam, (1963). Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jacket. $1750.
First edition of Heinlein's "high-spirited" novel about a girl's dream of exploring space as commander of a spaceship, in original dust jacket.
Heinlein's lively and "engagingly written" novel about young girl with dreams of becoming a space pilot is seen as his last juvenile novel, but Heinlein resisted that label (Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, 246). He instead viewed Podkayne of Mars as "a cautionary message to adult readers—to parents and potential parents 'too busy' to parent their kids." He would recall that in "Podkayne—as originally written, the title character was supposed to die… my wife, my agent, and both my editors, serial and trade book, just couldn't stand to have me kill off such a nice little girl. The result was that practically nobody understood what I was driving at'" (Patterson, Robert A Heinlein. II: 220). A witty "parody of modern times" with moral center, Podkayne offers "high-spirited entertainment for all ages" (Kirkus). First printing, with no statement of printing on copyright page; first printing dust jacket with $3.50 on front flap. Serialized in Worlds of If (November 1962; January, March 1963). Currey, 192.
Text fresh with trace of occasional spotting, staining to cloth; lightest edge-wear to colorful dust jacket. A near-fine copy.