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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.
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 19 hours 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 4 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 8 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 8 days ago by SUE
I read Stranger in a Strange Land when it first came out in 1961. It was the most important and influential book I ever read. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Oberon Zell
Astonishingly sexist. Was wiling to give the author a pass for a while, but in the second half the quality declined and it got even worse, which I hadn't imagined possible.Published 11 days ago by icoleslaw