Stranger in A Strange Land

Stranger in A Strange Land

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Robert Heinlein's Hugo Award-winning all-time masterpiece, the brilliant novel that grew from a cult favorite to a bestseller to a science fiction classic.

Raised by Martians on Mars, Valentine Michael Smith is a human who has never seen another member of his species. Sent to Earth, he is a stranger who must learn what it is to be a man. But his own beliefs and his powers far exceed the limits of humankind, and as he teaches them about grokking and water-sharing, he also inspires a transformation that will alter Earth's inhabitants forever...
Publisher: New York : Berkley Publishing Group, 1987.
Edition: Ace ed.
ISBN: 9780441790340
0441790348
9781984802781
Branch Call Number: SCIFI Heinlein Robert
Characteristics: 438 p.,18 cm.

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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.

Valentine Michael Smith, born and raised on Mars, arrives on Earth's stunning Western culture with his superhuman abilities.


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cort_66
Mar 26, 2020

This is a story that can alter the way you think about things and give you a new outlook on the way you do things. An interesting story of a man that was raised on another planet and how he learns about Earth and teaches them about how they did things on Mars.

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franzkafka
Feb 15, 2020

Before I read this book my life was Existential Angst in the Fiery Pits of Hell. Now I grok everything and I am at peace. Read it and start your grokking as soon as possible.

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BruceDeming
Feb 10, 2020

I liked this book a lot but lost interest in the end actually as it seemed to go off in an odd direction. up to that point it was very interesting.

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scribby
Dec 06, 2019

This is supposed to be a sci-fi classic, but it's really just misogyny thinly disguised as 1960's hippie hedonism. Also, the superpowers of the man raised by aliens are unlikely (how could he aquire them if it's biologically impossible?). Maybe this novel is just a product of its time, but I mostly found what I read of it to be annoying, even infuriating.

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kelleyfre
Sep 24, 2019

The book I liked, an interesting take on a Human being raised by Martians.

The one line description here of this book is sorely lacking. Read the description on Amazon.com to get a better idea of what this book is about. :)

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Katie_Dublin
Jul 22, 2019

Good, but could be better. The first half is really strong, but the second kind of drags. I read the unedited version, and frankly, it needed editing.

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lunabookworm55
Mar 31, 2019

I was only able to read until page 35, so please take my opinion with a grain of salt. Lots of sexualizing random things. I mean, there's a reporter whos talking to the only nurse who has seen the martian man, and yet this reporter finds it necessary to desperately ask if the nurse would like a "foot massage" in exchange for her spectacular quote. That's what we're supposed to take from what's happened in the book so far. I've heard enough Deviant Art horror stories to know where this book may be going. Also another messiah story specifically designed to disrespect religion without any serious commentary on modern or even previous religious practices from what I've heard. Not my cup of tea.

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tc123bd
Nov 12, 2018

starshjp troopers

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Waterlily
Jul 21, 2018

Decent read, but polyamory isn't for everyone. More power to those who do well with it.

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lukasevansherman
Jul 21, 2018

"There was so much to grok, so little to grok from."
Classic sci-fi novel from the dean of American science fiction. With its story of a man from Mars preaching a new gospel, who can see why this big with the 60s counterculture. It's entertaining but very much of its time. I'd give it 3 groks up. Also see "Starship Troopers" and "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress."

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DirtyHarry55
Aug 08, 2012

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DirtyHarry55
Aug 08, 2012

Sexual Content: Lots of it, but not describe in lewd detail. Sex is used to "become closer" with other people. It becomes kind of like the hippie "free love" view.

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DirtyHarry55
Aug 08, 2012

Violence: The "Man From Mars" makes threats just disappear. There is a very violent sequence at the end of the book of biblical proportion. I do not want to give it away though...

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Stonesoul1
Jun 08, 2015

"I've found out why people laugh. They laugh because it hurts... because it's the only thing that will make it stop hurting." -Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein

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LazyNeko
Apr 22, 2012

"...The Martians seem to know instinctively what we learned painfully from modern physics, that observer interacts with observed through the process of observation. 'Grok' means to understand so thoroughly that the observer becomes a part of the observed-- to merge, blend, intermarry, lose identity in group experience. It means almost everything that we mean by religion, philosophy, and science-- and it means as little to us as color means to a blind man."

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DirtyHarry55
Aug 08, 2012

A human born on Mars while his parents were on an expedition there is found by a crew later sent to Mars and brought home. The story examines the learning that the "Man From Mars" does through his life experiences and his desire to what the true "higher truth" is. He becomes fascinated at the fact that there are so many different religions on earth. Due to the fact that he cannot find the one that is correct, he, in essence, creates his own church.

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