å Stranger in a Strange Land Î Download by Ç Robert A. Heinlein
å Stranger in a Strange Land Î Download by Ç Robert A. Heinlein NAME Valentine Michael SmithANCESTRY HumanORIGIN MarsValentine Michael Smith Is A Human Being Raised On Mars, Newly Returned To Earth Among His People For The First Time, He Struggles To Understand The Social S And Prejudices Of Human Nature That Are So Alien To Him, While Teaching Them His Own Fundamental Beliefs In Grokking, Watersharing, And Love
This is one of those books that tells usabout the period it was written in than anything else, so it s important to note that it was first published in 1961 and later again in 1968 when moon fever was running high and people seemed to have high expectations for human achievement Events are set in an undisclosed future but the older characters seem to remember the first moon landing, so I wouldn t be surprised if Heinlein was thinking of it being set around about now With a mix of very daggy technology like stereo tanks T
One must read Heinlein s signature work to understand what all the fuss is about, from both sides For the RAH fans and Sci Fi crowd, this is an excellent book, a masterpiece of the genre For the opponents, and I understand there are many, he systematically makes a lot of folks mad, from conservatives and theologians, to feminists, and even pro government liberals He was way ahead of his time, and yet also rooted in a pre war mindset that was probably infuriating to young baby boomer readers and especially to the baby boomer s parents But the influence on the genre and on the larger culture is unmistakable.
And the next thing is that this really transcends the science fiction genre Heinlein, excusing his later life meanderings This is a book that it seems like I should like It deals with issues of religion, including a strong critique of religion as we know it, presents socially progressive ideas about sex and relationships, and relies upon a fundamentally humanist, individualist philosophy In the end, however, I can t get past a few things to really like this book 1 The word grok I understand the meaning and significance of the word within the book and I understand why Heinlein chose to create a new word to carry this meaning, but grok It s an ugly word and it gets used about 150 times too many in the book.
2 The use of mystic religious concepts and practices Heinlein critiques traditional, human religions, but he is unable or unwilling, finally, to leave behind th