Stranger in A Strange Land

Stranger in A Strange Land

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The complete, uncut version of Robert A. Heinlein's 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 : ACE Books, 1991
ISBN: 9780441788385
Branch Call Number: FIC/Heinl 359401 1
Characteristics: 525 p


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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.

Nov 12, 2018

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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.

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'.

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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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