Science Fiction History: 1961 Heinlein Stranger in a Strange Land
About the 1961 sci-fi novel Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein.
--1961. Stranger in a Strange Land was probably the peak novel in Robert A. Heinlein's long and infinitely influential career as writer. Part, but only a small part of the book, was set on Mars. The infinite importance of Mars to the book, most of which was set on earth, was that its protagonist, Michael Valentine Smith, was raised from infancy on Mars by Martians. It was the alien ideas and ideology of this nonhuman race, filtered through the human mind of Michael and acted out by his human body, that produced the very great effect of Stranger. This was one of the cult books of the counterculture, and its influence is still felt.
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