Synopsis: Stranger in a Strange Land is the epic saga of an earthling, Valentine Michael Smith, born and educated on Mars, who arrives on our planet with ”psi” powers — telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, telekinesis, teleportation, pyrolysis, and the ability to take control of the minds of others — and complete innocence regarding the mores of man.
After his tutelage under a surrogate father figure, Valentine begins his transformation into a kind of messiah. His exceptional abilities lead him to become many things to many people: freak, scam artist, media commodity, searcher, free love pioneer, neon evangelist, and martyr.
Heinlein won his second Hugo Award for this novel, sometimes called his ”divine comedy” and often called his masterpiece.
WINNER OF THE 1962 HUGO AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL
First Published: June 1961 | ISBN-13: 978-0-441-79034-0
Author’s Mini-bio: Robert Anson Heinlein was an American science fiction writer. Often called the “dean of science fiction writers”,he was one of the most influential and controversial authors of the genre in his time. He set a standard for scientific and engineering plausibility, and helped to raise the genre’s standards of literary quality.
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