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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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Heinlein's cult classic about a man raised by Martians who teaches humanity to make love, not war, doesn't read aloud very well. The narrative is heavy, the dialogue contrived and unnatural. The tone is dated. Competent, but no miracle worker, Christopher Hurt tries gamely to keep things moving and believable. His performance will satisfy the nostalgic and uncritical but won't win new converts. J.N. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
This book is riddled with good philosophies, anecdotes, and what were likely at the time, novel ideas. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Road to Rock N' Roll
Heinlein does not get the credit he deserves. Do you know how many movies , authors have used the phrase Stranger in a Strange Land. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Darrell Ducharme
I lost this book do to water damage and was glad this I counld get it at Amazon. Thank you.Published 20 months ago by Robert McGraw
I suppose I find myself in a minority but this "monumental" book is a complete bore. I felt that way when I first read it back in the 70's and when I tried to reread it "uncut"... Read morePublished on March 1 2013 by Louis Vroomen
I found this book to be overrated. Perhaps it's how dated it is, but parts of it were so sexist and homophobic as to cloud out what might have been a passable book. Read morePublished on Sept. 13 2011 by Brian MacDonald
The men are powerful and rich, the women are willing subordinates who happen to adore nudity. Orgies ensue. This story didn't even really need a man from Mars.Published on May 23 2009 by MC
This is the type of book where you can read it all night and day forgeting to eat. But once your done reading it you regret not reading slower and savering it. Read morePublished on Dec 5 2005 by Trent Ziffely
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein is the story of a human, Valentine Michale smith, who was born and on raised on mars, and now on earth must come to understand the... Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by Jacob Gest
I just finished The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (pretty good overall), and went to SIASL because it had been recommended it to me before. Read morePublished on July 12 2004