Stranger in A Strange Land

Stranger in A Strange Land

eBook - 1987
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Here at last is the complete, uncut version of Heinlein's all-time masterpiece, the brilliant novel that grew from a cult favorite to a bestseller to a classic in a few short years. It is the story of Valentine Michael Smith, the man from Mars who taught humankind grokking and water-sharing. And love.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Penguin Group US, 1987
Characteristics: 1 online resource
1 online resource (448 pages)
ISBN: 9781101208960


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A Sci-Fi cult classic about a man raised on Mars returned to Earth who learns what it means to be human. Recommended by David.

"A human raised on Mars, Valentine Michael Smith has just arrived on planet Earth. Among his people for the first time, he struggles to understand the social mores and prejudices of human nature that are so alien to him. His own "psi" powers--among them telepathy, clairvoyance, tel... Read More »

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Jul 21, 2018

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

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."

Oct 22, 2017

I have absolutely no appreciation for sci-fi or fantasy, but I absolutely love this book. I find it amazing that I could enjoy something this much , when normally I would find it "alien".

Oct 07, 2017

You can't beat Heinlein for a good read. This novel is one of his very best.

Sep 29, 2017

An humbling lesson in humanity, democracy, religion, diplomacy, delivered in an exciting adventure told by a master. The planetary reference now dates somewhat, but replace Mars by a further planet, a moon of Saturn or anywhere else and it could have been published yesterday.

Aug 29, 2017

Reckon I grok it good... Definitely a classic, but wear your disbelief suspenders or something, as with all sci-fi. For maximum surrealism, find the uncensored, complete version, but only if you're into that kind of thing.

gave a new word, grok, to the world. sort of means, do you get it? as in, do you understand what I'm saying to you? this one was extremely popular with the 60s crowd. it spoke to them, and their issues, which they felt powerless about communicating to the older generation --which were in power. this gave a different perspective to that situation, not just assuming the one right way, and that it is known by simply everyone. move on from this one to I Will Fear No Evil, which is certainly a challenging read.

Mar 08, 2017

Very eye-opening. A perspective on human society from an outsider, particularly in regard to religion / religious-like groups and moral conditioning. Some may still find aspects of this book controversial (although less so today compared to when it was written), but it shines a bright Light on several aspects of human behavior that are outdated and ready to change for the better. One of my favorites.

Feb 23, 2017

Couldn't even finish. I don't understand why this is so popular. It's boring, sexist and promotes mass sex as 'religion'.

Jul 01, 2015

a short While ago, I also Read Brave new World, by Huxley. I was struck by key (if polar) similarities in these two books. In this book (spoiler) An individual from a society outside our own is transplanted into is and is struck with the differences with what he has known, and eventually leads a movemet that disparages traditional monogamous and individualistic values. IN Brave new World, we had an outsider transplanted into a society that had no plce for religious, monogamous and individualistic ideals, and was struck with the difference between what he was seeing and his own "savage" upbringing. Arguably, neither story ended too well for the Protagonist, though Michal in Stranger seems more at peace with his fate.

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Aug 08, 2012

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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.

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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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

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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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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