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by Robert A. Heinlein

Jim Marlow and his strange-looking Martian friend Willis were allowed to travel only so far. But one day Willis unwittingly tuned into a treacherous plot that threatened all the colonists on Mars, and it set Jim off on a terrfying adventure that could save--or destroy--them all!From the Paperback edition.
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ISBN: 0345493184
ISBN13: 978-0345493187
Category: Teen
Subcategory: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: Robert A. Heinlein
Language: English
Publisher: Del Rey Books; Reprint edition (September 26, 2006)
Pages: 256 pages
ePUB size: 1496 kb
FB2 size: 1163 kb
Rating: 4.6
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This edition not only has a deeply moving introduction by William H. Patterson, Jr., but it is the novel Heinlein actually wrote.

I was introduced to this novel through the bookmobile that visited my neighborhood when I was 10 years old living in Fort Des Moines, Iowa.

Roughly 30 years later, I met Robert Heinlein at an L5 Society conference in San Francisco, and I was able to tell him about how reading his novel had started me on a great adventure. As I was talking to him, I was embarrassed that I could not remember the name of the furry little creature in the novel, when he suddenly leaned forward on his cane and said, "How did you like Willis?"

Willis! It's name was Willis! I told him I loved Willis and that I wanted one for my own. Decades later, my high-school age daughter needed a novel to read for class, and I bought this edition for her not knowing about the introduction by Patterson or that It was from Heinlein's original manuscript not the one chopped up by his editor. Ironically, if his original manuscript had not been edited, I may never have seen it, because it was not published in such a way to reach a mass audience until 1975, 20 years after I had read the original. His editor found certain aspects of Heinlein's libertarian leanings objectionable. I did not realize until reading Pattersons introduction, that I, swept away by Heinlein's story, was part of a vast worldwide movement.

A few pages into the story, my daughter told me she wants Willis.
As usual, I loved every book from this period of Heinlein's writing. Right up until the time when Lazarus long be came a jack in the box popping into every book and diverting the stories into that universe. The stories were simpler the morals were lack and white without 10 chapters of justification about them. Each of these stores is about 2 or more young people that get thrown into adult situations and everything is resolved happily for everyone. Even the bad guys as a group come out ahead, except for the chief vilIain(s). This type of book was a very good paced read without a lot of tedious technology explanations that crept into some of the juveniles. I recommend this book to anyone from 8 to 80 that'lld a Happy ending.
Absolutely one of my favourite Heinlein books. I've read almost all of Heinlein and this is one of the classics, a must read. Simpler, more linear and obvious than, say, stranger in a strange land or moon is a harsh mistress but one of his best juveniles and right up there w/ his best works.

Additional thought:

For those who've read podkayne, stranger in a strange land and any other Heinlein w/ martians featuring, this probably has the most detailed first hand descriptions of martian behavior and culture in his oeuvre. Worth picking it up just for that really.
As an adult sci-fi fan, one of the really refreshing things about Heinlein is that his Juveniles books are plenty enjoyable for adults as well as teens. I remember reading this book over 40 years ago and liking it, and was not disappointed by trying it again. This picks up on some of Heinlein's lighter philosophy where he takes humanity to task for basically being jerks (warlike and materialistic and often uncaring or even cruel), but keeps a well paced interesting story line going. And Willis, the pet (whose nature I won't disclose) -- what a great concept for a pet! What kid or adult wouldn't rather have a Willis -- as little trouble as a goldfish, but having the best attributes of both dogs and cats, plus much more. Well worth a read for a light science fiction romp.
Heinlein's Red Planet is a kids' book. I read it as a kid. It was the first Sci-Fi book that I read and I've been hooked on the genre ever since. Heinlein's romanticized Mars is very different from the cold science-fact world we know today. Maybe it is the Mars that we wished it could have been. Regardless, the story and the human characters and especially Willis, the little Martian with a deep secret, can still resonate in a kid's imagination. I bought copies of the book for my grandchildren.
Jim Marlowe is a resident of South Colony on Mars and he has made friends with a very peculiar and special martian called a Bouncer, his name is Willis and it's bigger than a Basketball and as furry as a stuffed animal, with little nubs for getting around and eyes that protrude like stalks. Jim's best human friend, Frank Sutton and him are now off to school on Mars and Jim wants desperately for Willis to come along with them. Thus, the adventure begins.

'Red Planet' was published in 1949 and is the third book of his 'Juvenile' series.

Without giving any plot away I will say this-the first three quarters of this book is amazing, with a great adventure of Jim, Frank and Willis across the desert lands of Mars, outsmarting and chased by the Colonial Administrator and his forces.
Then the last quarter of the book seemed to be about politics and a revolt, where Jim and Frank, the two boys are hardly included in the finale.

This is a fine book and worth reading if your a big fan, but don't start your Heilein journey with 'Red Planet'. Again, not a bad book, just to me it lacked a satisfied ending.
The 1949 version of Red Planet was read to me in 5th grade! That book inspired a love of reading in me. I just finished reading both versions of the book, back to back! The 1949 version still captured my imagination as it did in 5th grade, but the book Red Planet as Robert A. Heinlein conceived it brings so much clarification and depth of understanding to the reader that the first published version does not have. It is the superior version and I would recommend it especially to younger readers beginning their lifetime of reading! Still, I purchased a used hardback of the 1949 version to inspire my great-grandchildren on their reading journey, when they get old enough to read it themselves. The Original or New version purchased in Kindle will go to whoever inherits my iPad! Happy Reading!