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Stranger in a Strange Land (original 1961; edition 1963)

by Robert A. Heinlein

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Title:Stranger in a Strange Land
Authors:Robert A. Heinlein
Info:Putnam Adult (1963), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 408 pages
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Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein (1961)

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This was a very interesting book. It was the best story that I have read by Heinlein. The concept of a man from Mars is not interesting but Heinlein was able to provide some interesting insights on our society. He is probably right about how ritualistic and backward our culture is. I am not optimistic about improvement any time soon. ( )
  GlennBell | Sep 19, 2016 |
I read this for the Great Books discussion group. I was intrigued by the ideas that Heinlein was playing with at the beginning: It opens with a human who was raised by Martians being brought back to Earth. So, there's some Jungle Book kind of ideas going on. Heinlein, unfortunately, plays around with the Sapir-Whorf idea about language and thought. There's also some interesting space law and diplomacy in the middle third. That, however, may have been put in there to simply make Smith not have to worry about money. The last third was much less interesting to me. That's the third that most folks remember the most: that's the hippie-dippie third about religion and free-love, open-marriage sex. While reading, I kept thinking of Harshaw as Orson Welles and wonder if Harshaw is Heinlein's voice. Heinlein's women characters are very one-dimensional. Does that amount to "misogyny"? I don't know. Is it merely amplifying the attitudes of the period? Yes. Were those attitudes misogynist? Some. Is this a "Great Book"? I don't know. I'm not certain of the effect it had on discourse in SF, literature, or society.
  AmyMacEvilly | Sep 4, 2016 |
First edition, signed by Heinlein, of his most famous work. More importantly, attached to the inside cover is a "Perpetual All-Purpose Greeting Card" designed by Heinlein, with several boxes checked for Merry Christmas, Happy 4th of July).
  SteveJohnson | Jun 5, 2016 |
A deep study on how a new religion is born, a fight between the old ideology with the new ideas, human greed as the main factor of a possible extinction of humankind. ( )
  dimi777 | Apr 24, 2016 |
An excellent science Science Fiction book. Heinlein at his best. ( )
  Greymowser | Jan 22, 2016 |
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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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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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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.

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