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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
Robert A. Heinlein, the first Grand Master of Science Fiction hardly needs my review. This is a classic, as anyone remotely familiar with sci fi knows.Published 9 days ago by Stacy A. Clark
I read Stranger about 20 years ago at the request of some guy. I remember liking it but not much more. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
One of my all-time favourite SF books. Well written, chock full of interesting and thought-provoking ideas. An absolute classic from one of the leaders of the genre.Published 26 days ago by Craig Delahoy
Too long, no action and best of all it's not the original uncut version. The publishers have deceived us! Read morePublished 27 days ago by A. Christakis
After reading Stranger in a Strange Land (SSL) and Moon is a Harsh Mistress, I am done with Heinlein. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alberto Vargas
BOOK IS THE SIZE OF A PHONEBOOK, WITH HUGE TEXT. Useful if you're into that sort of format. I'm just gonna donate it to the local library when I'm done reading - too big to keep.Published 1 month ago by Cullen Forster
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 1 month ago by Geoff Henderson