HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A.…
Loading...

Stranger in a Strange Land (original 1961; edition 1991)

by Robert A. Heinlein

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
5,93186704 (3.84)182
Member:Bacon
Title:Stranger in a Strange Land
Authors:Robert A. Heinlein
Info:Ace Trade (1991), Edition: First Edition. first thus, Paperback, 528 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:Own, Read, Pleasure

Work details

Stranger in a Strange Land (uncut edition) by Robert A. Heinlein (1961)

  1. 74
    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (meggyweg)
  2. 31
    The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin (leahsimone)
  3. 20
    The Dead Zone by Stephen King (StarryNightElf)
  4. 11
    Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (StarryNightElf)
  5. 22
    Life of Pi by Yann Martel (StarryNightElf)
  6. 01
    The Necessary Beggar by Susan Palwick (MyriadBooks)
  7. 02
    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig (emf1123)
    emf1123: If you're in your late teens, reading both of these books back to back (stranger in a strange land, zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance) is a good quality mindfuck. I doubt that either have the same influence as one ages, though.
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 182 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 87 (next | show all)
Not sure why I put this on my shelf...
  Moem | Mar 11, 2014 |
First off, the only thing I really knew about this book was that it was mentioned in Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire", so that is to say, I didn't really know anything. I was even surprised to discover that it was sci-fi when my sci-fi/fantasy book club was discussing possible selections. It is indeed sci-fi, but more than that, it is 60s, but I was only able to really get that after I switched from the paperback to the audio book. I liked it better as audio, but I still only liked the parts Jubal was in - didn't really care for any of the other characters. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Nov 22, 2013 |



This is the story of the Man from Mars, Valentine Michael Smith. Michael is all human, the off spring of the first humans to land on Mars. They never made it back home and Michael was raised a Martian. Michael is brought to earth for the first time ever where he encounters a culture and language foreign to him. It is a futuristic novel, looking at the earth in the future. Some things are very futuristic but mostly the novel is the author's excuse for a drawn out social commentary on love (free love) and religion. The story itself had some interesting parts and some of the commentary was also interesting, but enough already. This story could have been a 100 pages less. I thought I was going to give in 4 stars but because it just took tooooo long to finish, it ended up a three star. This book is suppose to be the author's masterpiece. It is suppose to be the father of all sci fi. It supposedly was an incredibly popular novel though I never read it before. It is quite dated. You have to remember that it was published in 1961 so the author was probably working on it in 1960 or even earlier. It is considered a look at the hippie generation; free love, communal living etc. It treats women as pets and servants to men. The book made a good discussion book however, if curious to know more, stop over at 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die and read the discussion questions. ( )
  Kristelh | Nov 16, 2013 |
I read the uncut version which is supposed to be different and better than the original published edition.

I can see the vision of this book and while I believe it is noble, it's hard to suspend my own internalized moral code to accept Heinlein's philosophy of what it means to be fully human. Of course, being science fiction, the ultimate potential for the third planet from "Sol" is taken to a higher level of solving problems. For me, there was just a bit too much conscious idolizing, casual sex, manipulation, sexism, and exclusivity among the "good guys".

I enjoyed the first half of this book a lot. Lots of interesting/fun ideas. It went downhill from there. I was disappointed in the excesses of the conclusion. Perhaps I would have felt differently if I had read this when I was younger, more flexible and idealistic in my thinking... in the 60's... the make love, not war era. Don't get too excited about a lot of sex though. It is more implied than described. (3.8 stars) ( )
  -Cee- | Oct 24, 2013 |
Quite good. I enjoy a good deal of this book, but the treatment of female charecters and sexual identity was a bit unsettling. This link brings up a few of the gripes I had. http://www.tor.com/blogs/2010/12/smug-messiah-robert-a-heinleins-stranger-in-a-s... ( )
  markgiannullo | Oct 21, 2013 |
Showing 1-5 of 87 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (3 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Robert A. Heinleinprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Heinlein, VirginiaPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
First words
Once upon a time when the world was young there was a Martian named Smith.
Quotations
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Please distinguish this "original, uncut" version of Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land (1991) from its edited first publication (1961). Thank you.
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language
Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0441788386, Paperback)

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

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:43:15 -0400)

(see all 3 descriptions)

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)

(summary from another edition)

» see all 5 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
16 avail.
268 wanted
4 pay4 pay

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.84)
0.5 3
1 51
1.5 14
2 133
2.5 30
3 365
3.5 61
4 583
4.5 57
5 573

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 92,360,911 books! | Top bar: Always visible