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  1. I just read the alternate (“Pursuit of the Pankara”) and re-read Number of the Beast right after that. Both are excellent; on the whole I like Pankara slightly better.

    It’s curious that both versions exist, and one wonders why the one wasn’t published in Heinlein’s lifetime.

    Having read Pankara, I noticed in re-reading Number of the Beast that there’s a leftover from the earlier version that no one noticed in editing: a reference to a Barsoomian mathematician who doesn’t appear in the body of the book at all, but does figure prominently in Pankara.

    Both books are highly recommended.

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