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Stranger in a Strange Land Paperback – October 1, 1991
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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 --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The plot is deceptively simple. The first manned mission to Mars never made it home to Earth. The second mission, twenty years later, found Valentine Michael Smith, an infant born on Mars and the only surviving member of the ill-fated first mission. Having been raised by Martians, Smith is literally a stranger in a strange land when he is brought back to earth with "miraculous" abilities and a Martian philosophy of life. The Federation government basically hides him away from prying eyes, partly in fear of the legal and political dangers posed by his unique status.Read more ›
And so it does not sound like any other Heinlein novel, and this has split the "Stranger" camp right down the middle. There are those to whom the original book was bible -- and those tend not to like other Heinlein works. Those of us who love Heinlein have always felt kind of "meh" about Stranger... until the uncut version was released (in 1991).
Now, the Kindle version being sold is the cut version, so if you were a fan of that (published in 1961) you'll love this version. However, if you are not a huge fan of that version I would stay away from this Kindle version at all costs (there are easily found web versions of the uncut novel -- I'm not advocating piracy, but it's unlikely we'll ever see a Kindle uncut version as Amazon seems clueless here -- even official reviewers seem to think this version is uncut, but I can promise you it isn't, as the passages are clear and easy to find in even the sample version).
One last thing -- if you have read the cut version (either this Kindle version or otherwise) you might want to give the uncut version a try. Also, if you are new to Heinlein and want to know what all the fuss is about, definitely read the uncut version. Watered down beer tastes just like that.
Most of them presume that Heinlein was writing from their 90s or post-2000 perspective for some insane reason. Take note: He wrote this *before* the so called "free-love" movement had become widespread in the 60s. Take further note: The water-brother mini-society he created in the novel wasn't "free-love" at all, but had a quite high barrier to entry.
Other negative posters are clearly unable to escape their ethnocentric viewpoint, finding the relationships constructed by Heinlein to be distasteful based on their societal values. If you are unable to think about a society that practices polyamory without feeling embarassment or nausea, or really think that it is simply "unnatural", then don't read this book. (...)
Most of all, remember this is science fiction. It's intended to portray an alternate reality, and I think it does a fine job of that while satirizing our reality at the same time. I could go on about other particulars of the book, but I won't: In short, this is one of the finest books ever written.
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This book turned out to be a little different than I expected but was a very good read and hard to put down.Published 4 days ago by Micldon
This is the book that virtually spawned cults - a result that made RAH extremely uncomfortable. But the new age philosophy, experimental sex themes, and pseudo-religious overtones... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Brent Butler
Part social critique, part adventure yarn, part revolutionary political trace and part religious exploration Stranger in a Strange Land marks the high tide mark of Robert A. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Andy McKinney
This is my second Heinlein. Picked this book up at a library sale and thought this would be a good one to get since is somewhat famous. Read morePublished 8 days ago by The Cavin Family
Famous for a reason. A great view of humanity told through a simple story and with fun exploration. Will it be everything to everyone? Of course not - but is it worth reading? Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
I read this book in high school many years ago and thought it was wonderful. I decided to re-read it now when I am in my 60’s and see how it holds up in today’s world. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Kristi Richardson
I loved this book for several reasons: 1) it's a compelling book about politics and life, and despite being written years ago, it's still relevant with today. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Darth Intern
This is the very first Science fiction book I ever read some 40 Years ago.
and it really did not disappoint in the reread.