Stranger in a Strange Land
Stranger in a Strange Land is the epic saga of an earthling, Valentine Michael Smith, born and educated on Mars, who arrives on our planet with psi powers—telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, telekinesis, teleportation, pyrolysis, and the ability to take control of the minds of others—and... show more
Stranger in a Strange Land is the epic saga of an earthling, Valentine Michael Smith, born and educated on Mars, who arrives on our planet with psi powers—telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, telekinesis, teleportation, pyrolysis, and the ability to take control of the minds of others—and complete innocence regarding the mores of man. After his tutelage under a surrogate-father figure, Valentine begins his transformation into a messiah figure. His introduction into Earth society, together with his exceptional abilities, lead Valentine to become many things to many people: freak, scam artist, media commodity, searcher, free-love pioneer, neon evangelist, and martyr. Heinlein won his second Hugo award for this novel, sometimes called Heinlein’s earthly “divine comedy.”
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: April 15th 1987
Publisher: Ace Books
Pages no: 438
Edition language: English
This was my first time reading anything by Heinlein. I really enjoyed the first half, and I was pleasantly surprised by how readable and entertaining it was, but I disliked the second half quite a bit. The main premise is that there is life on Mars, and humanity has only just begun to travel ther...
While this book is considered science fiction it is not what I really expected from science fiction because it seems to explore the idea of religion in a universe in which there is intelligent life on other planets. The main reason that I read this book was probably more to do with a song by Iron Ma...
The story is about a person who was the descendant of two persons from Earth that lost their way in Mars. Now he was adopted his way and is a cultural Martian. The twist is, this cultural Martian only have knowledge regarding Mars. He has values and understand of a Martian. So the power to be loc...
Stranger is one weird-ass book. Very good, but weird...
So, this was first published in 1961, although the uncut version I read didn't make it to the market before 1991. It's easy to dismiss this book as a child of its time. However, I don't buy that as an excuse for being that sexist, homophobic/queerphobic, casually racist, hopelessly outdated, and ann...