Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. On his new planet, Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, a sexual pioneer, a neon evangelist, a martyr, and, finally, a messiah. Stranger in a Strange Land is the most famous science fiction novel ever written. It became the bible of the "love generation" and transcended the genre to achieve the status of a modern classic.
©1961 by Robert A. Heinlein; (P)1996 by Blackstone Audiobooks
I'll only search out more from Heinlein if I need to endure more "Mad Men" style misogyny, attacks on organized religion, and the promotion of ludicrous "free love," commune style living.
Valentine Michael Smith
I was excited to read this "triple award winner," but I was terribly disappointed. Fifty years later the social commentary which is the essence of the book just looks silly. Compared to a true classic of social commentary such as "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," "Stranger in a Strange Land" falls flat.
I really loved 'it a great story. It challenges pre conceived notions, and societies Elite! Personal responsibility and taboos.
A wonderfully multithreaded trip through philosophy and time. Respect it for its prescience as a 50"s trip to the future and advance look at the ethos of the summer of love. It's a bit rough in places but the generous of Heinline comes through. Enjoy!
I understand that this story was fairly original, and might mean something to those with an aptitude for the spiritual, but do not mistake this for an engrossing science fiction novel.
The story lacked a primary antagonist, the rising action was slow and did not hold my attention, and the climax was short, predictable and unsatisfying.
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