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Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
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Aug 08, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: science-fiction
Recommended to Maureen by: the hippies
Recommended for: anyone
Read in January, 1965

What makes a book a science fiction classic? In the sixties, this was one of the books that every young person read. Along with Siddhartha, The Doors of Perception, and a handful of other books, Stranger in a Strange Land influenced many people.

This is a science fiction classic because Heinlein tapped into the alienation of the youth culture. He invented Valentine Michael Smith, who was reared by Martians after the death of everyone else aboard the first manned mission to Mars. When Smith returns to Earth, he is no idea of the ways of the world. He is an innocent with a massive fortune, who can also virtually lay claim to owning the planet Mars. From that situation, the story moves into the realms of politics and religion. Michael becomes a messianic figure, which leads to his downfall. Can you grok it?
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