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Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

Stranger in a Strange Land

Why you should read this book:

A classic of science fiction literature, Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein, lets readers view humanity through the eyes of an alien. In doing so, this novel challenges the social rites of death, religion, sex and money. This book is entertaining and humourous while asking the reader to think critically about the foibles of humanity.

Why you shouldn’t read this book:

  • You don’t like hardcore sci-fi
  • You don’t like when author’s use a made-up language

What Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein is about:

Valentine Michael Smith was raised on Mars by Martians until they send him on a mission and return him to Earth. The social mores and prejudices of humanity are foreign to him; he is essentially a human-alien. His arrival sparks a political power struggle over who has ownership over him, and this puts his life in danger. He escapes with a nurse, and they seek sanctuary with Jubal Harshaw, a physician, lawyer and author. Through Harshaw, Valentine is taught many human concepts which he interprets through his Martian worldview. Eventually, Valentine seeks to share Martian concepts with humans and creates a religion that promotes nudity, watersharing, grokking and love.

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