Jim Marlowe is a young colonist who has a unique pet, a round furry creature that is a native Mars inhabitant. “Willis” is not only a cute pet, but he can also function as an accurate recorder of all that happens around him.
One day Willis records a conversation that was not meant to be heard. A treacherous plot is being planned that might threaten the lives of all the colonists on Mars. Soon Jim and Willis are on the run, being chased by authorities that want to stop Jim and Willis from telling others.
The main aspect of “Red Planet” that I liked was the vivid descriptions of Mars. Heinlein’s attention to detail is remarkable, giving his story a rich depth that makes it notable. The story’s plot is not very unique, but the landscape, characters, and details that Heinlein uses breathe new life into a storyline that would otherwise be cliché.
I would recommend “Red Planet” to all science fiction and Heinlein fans.