I enjoyed this book; light, humorous, yet deep, philosophical. Really makes one reflect on certain aspects of life.
Considered a classic of science fiction, Stranger in a Strange Land is less sci-fi, and more of a long series of philosophical dialogues. It is an interesting and intelligent book, but definitely not a thriller.
Published in 1961, it both reflected and inspired the "hippie" and "free love" lifestyle that burgeoned in the 60's. It's an important novel for that aspect alone.
Alas, there are long-long periods of bickering in the novel between characters, with the repetitive and predictable "who are the real primitives, us or them?" premise.
Still, while not engaging on all levels, it is a thought-provoking work, touching on important aspects of civilization--religion, spirituality, politics, promiscuity, and individualism. Perfect for the budding 60's. For my taste, it was short on "futurisms" that I find so cool in sci-fi work. If you are into classic sci-fi, the works of Philip K Dick, Asimov, Bradbury, or Harlan Ellison are more engaging from a story point of view.
A marvelous allegory that reflected many of my spiritual struggles, and maybe some of yours, too. Humorous, dramatic, and well-paced, this story is perfect for anyone willing to take another look at their own cherished assumptions.
Have read this book a dozen times. It just keeps getting better and more relevant. Would love to know if Robert Heinlein was writing the book now if he would change his position on gays? Overall still love it!
Good story with engaging characters. It's tough to stay awake during the commute home and Stranger in a Strange Land kept me awake and actively listening. Great insight into how Heinlein thought about open relationships and government interference and religion.
First read a few years after original publication, reread over the years, listened to this narrative once before. I still hear new ideas and factual notes I want to learn more about. The concepts of the story line are racy for the times during which it was released, but less so now. An excellent rendition of a classic.
A Sci Fi junkie who occasionally goes slumming to read other literature.
Front, woman. Fetch my slippers and make me a sandwich. Now listen carefully so that you can grok. Mike is a human raised by Marians. He's not like us. He can levitate an object. In fact, multiple objects simultaneously. Oh yeah, and he also can make objects disappear into thin air, including people, faster than you can blink. That's because he also can stretch time and move and think faster than humans. Did I mention that? Dammit woman, where are my slippers? Hold still, prettyfoot, while I tell you about Mike. Now, where was I? Oh yeah, he can read your thoughts and see through your eyes. Oh yeah, and he can leave his body and float around spying on people. Dammit woman, didn't tell you to make me a sandwich? Are you groking all of this? Quiet! I know you just want to disrobe and rub your taught little body parts all over my fullness (and I totally grok that), but I'm trying to tell you about Mike. Oh yeah, and he can teach all of these Marian powers to everyday humans. All they have to do is learn the Martian language, drink some water with Mike, understand that they are god, and learn how to grok. Now why don't you go enjoy the company of several other men, then come back here so that I can grok you for myself. You grok?
I fast forward thru the loooong talky parts to get to the characters actually doing something. I struggled to finish, which is sad because I have liked his other books.
At first I thought that this was going to be a simple book describing the human society from an observational point of view. It was so much more. I wasn't ready for this! But I loved it more for that! It is an excellent book on describing human society, religion, traditions and philosophy.
All in all, it is an excellent book and I can't recommend it enough. it is a must read!