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Stranger in a Strange Land By Robert A. Heinlein Stranger in a Strange Land NAME Valentine Michael SmithANCESTRY HumanORIGIN MarsValentine Michael Smith is a human being raised on Mars newly returned to Earth Among his people for the first time he struggles to understand th

  • Title: Stranger in a Strange Land
  • Author: Robert A. Heinlein
  • ISBN: 9780441788385
  • Page: 426
  • Format: Paperback
  • Stranger in a Strange Land By Robert A. Heinlein NAME Valentine Michael SmithANCESTRY HumanORIGIN MarsValentine Michael Smith is a human being raised on Mars, newly returned to Earth Among his people for the first time, he struggles to understand the social s and prejudices of human nature that are so alien to him, while teaching them his own fundamental beliefs in grokking, watersharing, and love.
    Stranger in a Strange Land By Robert A. Heinlein

    Stranger in a Strange Land Stranger in a Strange Land, winner of the 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. Stranger Things Netflix Official Site Stranger Things TV Seasons Sci Fi TV When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl. What is the unabridged text of Robert Heinlein s Stranger Browse other questions tagged stranger in a strange land or ask your own question Featured on Meta Goodbye, Prettify Hello highlight.js Swapping out our Syntax Highlighter Responding to the Lavender Letter and commitments moving forward Latest Blog Post Tenet Favorite Question and Answers from Third Quarter

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    1. Shannon (Giraffe Days) on said:

      Apparently a classic of the sci fi cannon, I d never heard of this book until it came up on a book club here It took me a long time to read only because of lack of time, and a rather annoying trait the author has that I ll go into later.This is one of those books that tells us about the period it was written in than anything else, so it s important to note that it was first published in 1961 and later again in 1968 when moon fever was running high and people seemed to have high expectations for [...]

    2. Christy on said:

      This is a book that it seems like I should like It deals with issues of religion, including a strong critique of religion as we know it, presents socially progressive ideas about sex and relationships, and relies upon a fundamentally humanist, individualist philosophy In the end, however, I can t get past a few things to really like this book 1 The word grok I understand the meaning and significance of the word within the book and I understand why Heinlein chose to create a new word to carry thi [...]

    3. Lyn on said:

      One must read Heinlein s signature work to understand what all the fuss is about, from both sides For the RAH fans and Sci Fi crowd, this is an excellent book, a masterpiece of the genre For the opponents, and I understand there are many, he systematically makes a lot of folks mad, from conservatives and theologians, to feminists, and even pro government liberals He was way ahead of his time, and yet also rooted in a pre war mindset that was probably infuriating to young baby boomer readers and [...]

    4. Kate on said:

      Note Original pub date is 1961 Fuck you, Heinlein That s like 3 or 4 hours of my life I m NEVER GETTING BACK This isn t a book, it s a pompous recitation of every one of your pet peeves and pet theories, delivered through the mouths of your utterly two dimensional characters during the course of a nonexistent plot You can throw all the orgies and kinky sex you want in there, but it doesn t make your book edgy or profound, and it sure doesn t make you a good writer Although, bonus hilarity points [...]

    5. Keith on said:

      Well, I don t quite know what the hell that was I d gotten it into my head at some point that you weren t anything until you got reading this out of the way, but it was probably one of the most odious reading experiences I ve had in my adult life especially for a book I volunteered to read One bonus star for the last five pages or so being not quite as totally awful as the rest of it, and that s about it And I feel dumb writing a bunch of obvious shit for the five people in the world besides me [...]

    6. Petra X on said:

      Nine times out of ten, if a girl gets raped, it s at least partly her own fault The most quoted sentence from this book.He s right it is A woman should shroud herself in black, even wear a veil over her eyes and for extra protection she should wear a big size of Doc Martin boots so it could be a man under the shroud Michael Jackson used to do that and always be accompanied when she goes out Which should be rarely Very rarely When she is in the house most of the time she should have the view thro [...]

    7. Kelly H. (Maybedog) on said:

      Nowadays, most people seem to either love or hate Heinlein Many read his children s books like Podkayne from Mars, Red Planet and The Rolling Stones, enjoyed the adventure and moved on to his adult stuff just to get The politics, sexism and lack of depth went over their young heads To them, his books were just great adventure And yes, for the era in which they were written, they were great adventure and less sexist than most SF at the time My intro to the man was a little different I was dallyi [...]

    8. Apatt on said:

      Democracy s worst fault is that its leaders are likely to reflect the faults and virtues of their constituents a depressingly low level Now, why does that resonate so hard Great line even though it is not representative of Stranger in a Strange Land s major theme.Stranger in a Strange Land is Heinlein s, best known and most popular book It is not his most controversial novel but seems that way because it is the most widely read one His later booksFriday andI Will Fear No Evil are, to my mind, mu [...]

    9. Robin Hobb on said:

      I will state, without apology, that I have enjoyed every Robert Heinlein book I have ever read.Do I always agree with his philosophy or his observations on life No.But he tells me a story, and while he is telling it, I don t put that book down.I don t read books to find authors who agree with me or match some political template.I read books for stories And diversity in story tellers is good.

    10. Jareed on said:

      Nine times out of ten, if a girl gets raped, it s at least partly her own fault 511 Perhaps this is the single most quoted statement from this work, and also the statement by which Heinlein is critiqued and berated, the same statement by which this philosophically charged work is sullied by 1 star ratings Whether by inadvertent straying into a faulty conception and erroneous application of intentional fallacy or the failure to recognize that Heinlein sought this work to stand as historicization [...]

    11. Markus on said:

      I don t evenI might try one of these books again in the distant future, and I might try the last of this guy s classics, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress at some point But for now I can only say that Robert A Heinlein is one of my least favourite writers of all time.I might write a real review, but considering that I m not particularly fond of reviewing thoroughly negative experiences, I don t know if I can be bothered.

    12. Otis Chandler on said:

      I really enjoyed this book The concept of a man who had grown up on Mars and never seen another human until he was in his twenties is such a fun idea and a rich canvas Watching Mike try to grok humans gave a Heinlein great opportunities to point out some of our faults and our advantages.I think my favorite part of this book is the word grok I would bet that there are deep discussions over the true meaning of this word but I will contend that its closest meaning in English is to be enlightened ab [...]

    13. Jim on said:

      I just re read for the SF Fantasy book club I ve read it a several times over the years Worth the time was no effort It s incredible to me that he captured the 60 s so well it was first published in 1961 It would have been a lot less shocking toward the end of that decade, but he actually foresaw so much of the societal upheaval we had Typical of Heinlein, one of his main characters is a crusty old genius, Jubal Harshaw, who pontificates a fair amount Heinlein kept his sexual revolution within l [...]

    14. Julio Genao on said:

      seminalso legit legit crazy.but important on too many levels to ignore was the right book at the right time fifty years ago shaped my earliest musings on the nature of sexuality and the path towards a future that didn t compel me to get my dick sucked in random alleyways and decrepit porn theaters after school while still making it back home in time for family ties never mind the pointed exclusion of homosexuality from heinlein s philosophical flatulenceallingly dated ideas about women incredibl [...]

    15. Olivier Delaye on said:

      I d heard about this Science Fiction classic for years before I finally decided to give it a whirl For some reason I had always put off reading it and to be totally honest I should have listened to what my gut was telling me Now, I m well aware of the fact that Stranger in a Strange Land came out in 1961, a period in time when values and s were different, but the level of sexism and homophobia in this book is simply too much for me to bear.Just read the following passage Jill had explained homos [...]

    16. Jason Koivu on said:

      Stranger in a Strange Land thinks than it moves There s tons of dialogue on philosophical topics only rarely broken up by the occasional plot pusher It often reminded me of Plato s Symposium rather than the sci fi novel I expected I m not saying that s bad, but sometimes when you re hit with the unexpected it throws you off and lowers the enjoyment level of the whole thing slightly About halfway through I realized what was happening, readjusted my expectations and enjoyed the book for what it [...]

    17. Bradley on said:

      This one transformed and cemented me as a young adult, totally screwing me up and enlightening me at the same time, showing me that living in a crazy christian culture doesn t mean I have to stay there, or that great imagery can be used soooooo damn subversively And above or below that, it was a fantastic tale of striving for wisdom, learning that semantics MEANS something, and that I can be blown away by the fact that so much philosophy and striving and understanding, read Grok, could be thrown [...]

    18. Donovan on said:

      For me, it would be a apt title if it were Strangeness in a Strange Book Of all the books I ve read on the list so far and I ve skipped around, been reading them as I can find them , I enjoyed this one the least Overall, I was enjoying the ideas the book was putting forth about religion and politics and community prior to Mike s intellectual ascent descent as a Man rather than a Martian I was extra disappointed with it because the premise the book set up in Sections One and Two seemed very inte [...]

    19. Richard Derus on said:

      I gave it 4 stars for memory s sake Now the folks at Syfy are adapting for TV Amazing to me that, once considered too racy for publication unexpurgated, it s now a TV able property For all its many faults, I m glad Society has caught up with Heinlein s libertarian tude towards sex.ew article 2016 11 15 I decided to give it of a review at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud tinyurl hwov3qm

    20. Kasia on said:

      Mixed feelings here The first half of the book reads like a suspenseful mystery action flick with some sharp observations about language and culture clashes And I loved it The second half deals with whacky religion and uninhibited sex Public nudity, open marriage, sex used for growing closer it s all very out there and provocative, especially for 1960s But since it s 1960 you also get a fair share of sexism Women are often excluded from male conversations, patronised girl , dearest , child that [...]

    21. Paul Bryant on said:

      I read this Yes When I was young At the time it appeared to be fascism for hippies Proto Manson, then I m struggling to remember anything He comes from mars and he starts a new religion and he eats people No he gets eaten by people I think that s it A bit like Jesus If Jesus was a fascist You know what I can t remember a thing It s late.

    22. Manny on said:

      Robert Heinlein was a good friend of AI legend Marvin Minsky check out his people page It s interesting , and I ve heard that they often used to chat about AI, science fiction, and the connections between them Here s a conversation I imagine them having some time between 1961, when Stranger in a Strange Land was published, and 1966, when The Moon is a Harsh Mistress appeared Bob, this book s not so bad, but I felt it could have been so much better OK, love the idea of the guy from Mars, who does [...]

    23. Hope on said:

      I will try to keep this short, but I have a hard time concealing my distaste for this book and what it represents in the SF canon I think that the idea that an enlightened individual creating a highly sexual new spirituality is a fantastic idea That s just it, though The premise is outstanding The thing that makes me recoil is that this is a story with so much potential, that is so affected by its author s worldview that it becomes unpalatable It s painful to me to read about a future where we h [...]

    24. Hadrian on said:

      No, Robert A Heinlein, women who are raped do not deserve it.No, there is not something fundamentally wrong with homosexuals.These most baffling and now bigoted of statements coincide with almost loving statements about the nature of compassion, truth, and self sacrifice.Anyone who preaches these first two things combined with the latter platitudes in the 21st century will not, in any sense, be considered a messiah.Heinlein, you were a gifted writer You definitely worked your magic on a young im [...]

    25. Andrew Dugas on said:

      Wow, a lot of mixed reviews of this book here First, the edition referenced is the 1991 UNCUT version, which is about 33% longer than the version published in 1961 So for those of you who felt it was over long, there you have it.Second, about those offended by the book s purported misogyny and homophobia, keep in mind it was written in the late 1950s By the standards of the day, this book was comparatively forward thinking Should we fault Shakespeare for his politically incorrect foibles Read Ca [...]

    26. Kristjan on said:

      I seem to be hit or miss with Heinlein I have read and enjoyed Starship Troopers and The Glory Road however I couldn t finish Job A Comedy of Justice and was not impressed with Stranger in a Strange Land SISL It is simply NOT good Science Fiction even if it is a fair piece of satire The book is divided into five 5 parts Part One His Maculate Origin was a good Sci Fi plot that I actually enjoyed the premise being that of a lost human boy raised by non humans in this case Martians along the lines [...]

    27. Paul on said:

      Lifes too short for this Maybe some books just age terribly and time hasn t been kind to this I liked the concept but just found it a terrible pain to read, and it was just annoying in large parts.The political satire the author tries to make are just a bit too ham fisted and the story just doesn t seem important at all The whole grok word thing just felt cheap randomly substituting one word for for other random words doesnt hint an Alien language just a lazy author and it just got really old re [...]

    28. Evgeny on said:

      I know it is a classic Still I cannot give it than 1 star The apologists say it had to read in early sixties, when it was written It is probably so For those who want to read it for the first time do not.

    29. Jason Pettus on said:

      The CCLaP 100 In which I read for the first time a hundred so called classics, then write reports on whether or not they deserve the labelEssay 66 Stranger in a Strange Land 1961 , by Robert A HeinleinThe story in a nutshell Conceptualized in the early 1950s, but not written and published until 1961 supposedly so that society could catch up with it, according to the author , Robert A Heinlein s Stranger in a Strange Land is a classic example of a science fiction or SF novel acting as a premoniti [...]

    30. George on said:

      This book is to much a product of its times for me to fully enjoy it, but that night I dreamed of Mars.

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