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In 1939 Heinlein published his first sf short story and became one of the most prolific and influential authors in the genre. Stranger in a Strange Land (1961) is an international best seller and a landmark in more ways than one: it opened the trade best sellers lists to sf writers, breaking down longstanding barriers that will never be seen again. At the same time Stranger became an emblem of the 1960s generation in its iconoclasm and free-love themes. Telling the story of an Earth baby raised by an existing, ancient Martian civilization, the novel often reads as if it were the "Playboy Philosophy" in dialog form. The man/ Martian comes to Earth and broadcasts his ideas by forming his own Church. Heinlein has been rightly criticized for presenting as facts his opinions, which state that organized religion is a sham, authority is generally stupid, young women are all the same, and the common individual is alternately an independent, Ayn Randian-producing genius and the dull-witted part of an ignorant and will-less mob. Yet the book is hard to put down; in its early pages it is a truly masterful sf story. Every library with a fiction collection should have it. Christopher Hurt reads with authority, nicely drawing the characters via barely perceptible changes in intonation, harshness, and pacing. Highly recommended.?Don Wismer, Office of the Secretary of State, Augusta, Me.
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''[D]isturbing, shocking and entertaining. . . . It sparkles and crackles and produces goose bumps of apprehension and dissatisfaction with the human race. . . . The best of his many books. . . '' --Washington Post
''[A] landmark in more ways than one. . . . a truly masterful SF story. . . . Christopher Hurt reads with authority, nicely drawing the characters via barely perceptible changes in intonation, harshness, and pacing. Highly recommended.'' --Library Journal
''A brilliant mind-bender, a thought-provoking book.'' --New York Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
After reading Stranger in a Strange Land (SSL) and Moon is a Harsh Mistress, I am done with Heinlein. Read morePublished 1 day 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 day 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 day 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 2 days 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 2 days 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 6 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 8 days ago by Bob