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Stranger in a Strange Land (original 1991; edition 1991)

by Robert A. Heinlein

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Stranger in a Strange Land (Uncut Edition) by Robert A. Heinlein (1991)

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Upon this re-read I wasn't as impressed as I have been in the past. I especially got tired of Harshaw's political rants. Still, I do recommend it for fans of Heinlein of course, but also for those interested in classic science fiction, influential classics, aliens, free love, atheism, and non-religious spirituality. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Michael, the only human survivor of the first Mars colony is brought back to Earth by the second Mars colony. He is the victim of conflicting groups who wish to possess him bodily for their own needs but is saved by an altruistic nurse and curmudgeonly lawyer/writer. Michael brings with him the message of a close spiritual bond between people. This is the perfect book to illustrate the turn on, tune in, and drop out attitude of young people in the late 60s and 70s. If you were of the years 15-29 during that time period no explanation is necessary of the hope and dreams of a mystical mind meld with God brought by Michael, but if you weren’t, no explanation will do. Any explanation is futile for you must have lived in that time period. All this was contained in the short version which I read back in the late 1960s and upon which I base my evaluation. Unfortunately, the longer version contained too much information on the Fosterite religion which bored me to tears. ( )
  ShelleyAlberta | Jun 4, 2016 |
I expected sci-fi with social commentary. Instead I've got religion packed porn script. Yeah, there was social commentary, but it wasn't about people from the future. No, Heinlein was describing his highly conservative society. And, c'mon, inhabitable Mars? I can't buy it unless it's far in the future or far back in the past.

OK, maybe I'm exaggerating. I have no problem with sexual scenes or religion. But it was unexpected. And I cannot stop giggling that "The Man from Mars. Let's grow closer" is a perfect title for some very adult movie. ( )
  aviskase | Apr 20, 2016 |
An enjoyable classic. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
An interesting read with ideologies reminiscent of the Free Love movement, and expressing some now antiquated views. The viewpoints and world were fascinating, though the style and plot were bland for my tastes. ( )
  LaPhenix | Mar 9, 2016 |
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Please distinguish this "original, uncut" version of Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land (1991) from its edited first publication (1961). This would be ISBN #s 0-399-13586-3, 0-450-54267-X and 0-441-78838-6 and Science Fiction Book Club editions of 1991 (#17697 and a leather bound edition). There is a 60,000 word difference between the two. Thank you.
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Stranger in a Strange Land, winner of the 1962 Hugo Award, is the story of Valentine Michael Smith, born during, and the only survivor of, the first manned mission to Mars. Michael is raised by Martians, and he arrives on Earth as a true innocent: he has never seen a woman and has no knowledge of Earth's cultures or religions. But he brings turmoil with him, as he is the legal heir to an enormous financial empire, not to mention de facto owner of the planet Mars. With the irascible popular author Jubal Harshaw to protect him, Michael explores human morality and the meanings of love. He founds his own church, preaching free love and disseminating the psychic talents taught him by the Martians. Ultimately, he confronts the fate reserved for all messiahs.

The impact of Stranger in a Strange Land was considerable, leading many children of the 60's to set up households based on Michael's water-brother nests. Heinlein loved to pontificate through the mouths of his characters, so modern readers must be willing to overlook the occasional sour note ("Nine times out of ten, if a girl gets raped, it's partly her fault."). That aside, Stranger in a Strange Land is one of the master's best entertainments, provocative as he always loved to be. Can you grok it? --Brooks Peck

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A young man from Mars comes to Earth & must learn our strange ways. Annotation. One of the greatest science fiction novels ever published, Stranger in a Strange Land's original manuscript had 50,000 words cut. Now they have been reinstated for this special 30th anniversary trade edition. A Mars-born earthling arrives on this planet for the first time as an adult, and the sensation he creates teaches Earth some unforgettable lessons. "A brilliant mind-bender".--Kurt Vonnegut… (more)

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