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Stranger in a strange land (original 1961; edition 1991)

by Robert A. Heinlein

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The epic saga of an earthling, born and educated on Mars, who arrives on our planet with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man.
Title:Stranger in a strange land
Authors:Robert A. Heinlein
Info:New York: Putnam, c1991.
Collections:Your library
Tags:scifi, sci-fi, fiction, classic

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

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A landmark science fiction novel, but one superseded by many others. It dragged on, yet felt more like a screenplay than the novel of ideas it purports to be. The message isn't great either: an ideal of free love in a chauvinistic world. Later 60s psychological science fiction such as Dune, The Left Hand of Darkness or even The Dark Light Years work much better in depicting intelligent alien life. ( )
  jigarpatel | Jul 28, 2020 |
Too much misogyny. Too much racism.

I really wanted to like this book. The themes and concepts presented are worth exploration. But Heinlein is not my grandfather so I can't excuse his outdated language towards women and minorities. Such a disappointment. ( )
  chrisofspades | Jul 27, 2020 |
Magic off those clothes
god digs free love, thou art god
grok this to fullness. ( )
1 vote Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
The best part of this book was getting it back to the library and out of my house.

Interesting concepts, but way too long. Reams of expository dialogue grated at my nerves like I was being dragged over block after city block of glass shards.

My mistake was getting the "original uncut" edition. I think I'd have genuinely enjoyed this book were it only 200 pages shorter ( )
  hatingongodot | May 3, 2020 |

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La bistecca stava aspettando, accompagnata da patate precotte pronte a essere infilate nel forno a ondecorte.

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Ben si aspetta raggiri almeno quanto una sposa si aspetta di ricevere baci il giorno del suo matrimonio.

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Sto solo cercando di evitargli dei problemi. È per il suo bene.» Jubal grugni. «È la stessa scusa che hanno presentato al gatto prima di operarlo.

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Ma anche un sogno è un tipo di esperienza reale

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«L'economia è dappertutto, anche nell'opera del Signore. Qualsiasi turista che venga qui da noi, a prescindere dal fatto che prenda parte alle funzioni per i cercatori o meno, e ci tengo a precisare che le funzioni vanno avanti 24 ore al giorno, deve entrare per forza da questa parte. E che cosa vede appena entrato? Queste gioiose possibilità.» Boone indicò una serie di slot machine allineate su entrambe le pareti.
E lasciate che ve lo dica; sono ben pochi i peccatori che riescono ad arrivare fin lì senza spendere qualche spicciolo nelle macchinette.

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se una cosa è peccato di domenica, è peccato anche di venerdì

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Cristo è stato crocifisso perché predicava senza il permesso della polizia

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avesse dato loro qualcosa di grande, come la televisione, o il bingo… invece aveva dato loro la verità.

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  gi0rgi0 | Mar 25, 2020 |
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The great falling off in the quality of Heinlein's work came during the period that brought "Stranger in a Strange Land." Jubal Harshaw--who says things like "What the self-styled modern artists are doing is a sort of unemotional pseudo-intellectual masturbation"--is the first of a series of pompous libertarian windbags whose oral methane makes all of Heinlein's later tomes into rapidly emptying locker rooms.

Most of the material added to this new edition seems to consist of speeches by Jubal, and the rest of the new material includes nominally "shocking" sections that, aired in 1990, are glaringly sexist. For instance, lovable Jill volunteers the opinion that "Nine times out of ten, if a girl gets raped, it's at least partly her own fault."
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Heinlein, Robert A.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Heinlein, Robert A.main authorall editionsconfirmed
Boyle, NeilCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dirda, MichaelIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gällmo, GunnarTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Giancola, DonatoIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heinlein, VirginiaEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holitzka, KlausCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hundertmarck, RosemarieÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hurt, ChristopherNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lundgren, CarlCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pennington, BruceCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Santos, Domingo,Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Once upon a time there was a Martian by the name of Valentine Michael Smith.
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Please distinguish this edited first publication of Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land (1961) from the "original, uncut" version (1991). 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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