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Red Planet. 1949 Red Planet
by Robert A. Heinlein
First Edition 1949
Charles Scribner's Sons
New York
Hardback in dust jacket
Cover illustration by Clifford Geary
Interior illustations by Clifford Geary

212 pages
Price: $2.50

Red Planet, a Heinlein juvenile novel.

A number of revisions were made to the text by the author prior to publication at the request of the publisher. The original uncut version was published in 1990.

The image opposite and the blurb below are from the 1969 printing of the Victor Gollancz hardback edition, SBN 575004894. Cover illustration by Alan Breese.

Publisher’s Blurb – Jacket Flap
Robert Heinlein is an acknowledged master of science fiction. This is the second of his sf adventure stories to be published in this country, and, like its predecessor, Farmer in the Sky, it is already a bestseller in the United States.

The red planet of the title is Mars, which has now become a thriving colony. The Resident Agent General is scheming to make the colonists from earth little more than slaves of his trading company. Jim and Frank discover his plans through the amazing talents of Willis, an engaging Martian roundhead, who can play back like a tape recorder everything he hears. The boys set out to warn their families. There follows a wild dash across the bleak Martian landscape, a fight between colonists and trade officials, a terrifying night when the boys skate endless miles down a frozen Martian canal, a visit to mysterious Martian cities deep underground and talks with their even more mysterious natives, and, at last, a declaration of independence from earth and peace with the Martians.

Red Planet has all a science fiction fan or an adventure story reader could hope for.

Uncut Edition
Red Planet - 1990 Del Rey / Ballantine Books Paperback Edition, 1st Printing, ISBN 0345340396.
Cover illustration by Barclay Shaw.
Red Planet. 1990

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