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Stranger in a Strange Land Mass Market Paperback – Jan. 11 2002

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  • Mass Market Paperback : 448 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0441790340
  • Item Weight : 227 g
  • ISBN-10 : 0441790348
  • Product Dimensions : 10.64 x 2.92 x 17.48 cm
  • Publisher : Ace (Jan. 11 2002)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 2,088 ratings

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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

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Praise for Robert A. Heinlein and Stranger in a Strange Land

“One of the grand masters of science fiction.”—Wall Street Journal

“A brilliant mind-bender...Wonderfully humanizing...The name of the leading character in Stranger in a Strange Land is as familiar to millions of literate persons as Oliver Twist or Holden Caulfield.”—Kurt Vonnegut, The New York Times Book Review
 
“Certainly among the most influential...science fiction novel[s] of all time.”—The Guardian

This book was destined to become a bestseller, shaping the sensibilities of a generation.”—The Boston Globe

“One of the most popular science fiction novels ever published.”—Library Journal

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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting ideas, mostly awful characters
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4.0 out of 5 stars Waiting fullness for those who give it the chance it deserves
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2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious.
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