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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
'The best of his many books and the best in the genre' Washington Post --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
I re-read this book after a 20 year absence. Still enjoyable and interesting and thought provoking.but a bit slow in comparison with most of today's books,Published 9 hours ago by Geoff Henderson
One of the best pieces of Sci-fi ever written. Heinlein introduced concepts unheard of at the time, yet his theme still has profound meaning for readers today.Published 1 day ago by James Hendrick
I was assigned to read this in high school and I've read it multiple times since. Until I read it, I had no idea how many times it is referenced in pop culture.Published 1 day ago by NateJunior
There is a reason why this book is advertised as the greatest Science Fiction novel ever written. It's because it's true!Published 5 days ago by Kreon Hub Trader
You have to have an open mind when reading this as it's pretty far out even for those of us who really have done it all.
Original, great character development. Read more
This is the book that started me reading science fiction many , many years ago .Published 6 days ago by Bob
It certainly has it's fine & brilliant moments but I found it a bit of task getting through it. So much down talk toward women. Read morePublished 9 days ago by marisofparis
Great price for the book lovers RE-Read. A messianic novel of the future, this book was my favorite in college and remains an allegory of our lives and times today Actually there... Read morePublished 9 days ago by SUE