Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

Stranger in a Strange Land

By Robert A. Heinlein

  • Release Date: 1963-04-01
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4.5
From 445 Ratings
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Robert Heinlein's Hugo Award-winning all-time masterpiece, the brilliant novel that grew from a cult favorite to a bestseller to a science fiction classic.

Raised by Martians on Mars, Valentine Michael Smith is a human who has never seen another member of his species. Sent to Earth, he is a stranger who must learn what it is to be a man. But his own beliefs and his powers far exceed the limits of humankind, and as he teaches them about grokking and water-sharing, he also inspires a transformation that will alter Earth’s inhabitants forever...


  • Great book

    By Av8tr63
    This was my first RAH book I read. A high school teacher in 1978 recommended it. I have been a fan ever since. This the one book that every 2-3 years I pull out and read again.
  • A Masterpiece

    By Dwardeng
    Heinlein was way ahead of the curve when he wrote this book. An Alien who is more intelligent and loving than any human. Very touching. It will make you feel humble, which is what we all need.
  • Add good as it gets

    By Austin is music
    A slightly revised version of the original which I see troubles some. I read all the original story here in all its glory. The slight changes just add a little spirit when it's your 5th or more read. Beats the bible all to hell you could say, and tiny minds still read that collection of nonsense. This is a must read for all.
  • Heinlein always great

    By StuartMonk
    Once again a great book by the undisputed master of science fiction. He never fails! And I miss him greatly!
  • Great read

    By cadavi
    I wish more people took the time to reflect our social beliefs when they read these things. Don't listen to any of the bad reviews, after reading the iBook version I can say 100% it's great. Negative reviewers probably are illiterate.
  • Improved, but still not restored.

    By Tadrow
    While there have been some improvements to the text, removing duplicate chapters and correcting some typos, this is still not the restored edition, despite the publisher's description. Worse, there is a (presumably pirated) edition that is the later offering, but is riddled with OCR-type errors in formatting and spelling on nearly every page. Unfortunately, fans of the expanded edition are left wanting.
  • Wasnt what I was expecting

    By Demiduce
    I was really thinking this was going to be a hardcore sci fi book, but it was more of a philisophical story with sci fi in it. The book was very well written, started slow but ended strong. Even with my lack of interest in philisophical novels i was able to stay engaged enough to come to the poetic finish. I wouldnt recommend this book to anyone looking for sci fi alien invasions. But if your the type who likes to read books on ideology this my be for you.
  • Amazing

    By Shadowcut2
    I love the ending
  • Not quite as Revolutionary as When I First Read It

    By auagfinder
    I recall reading this as a teenager in the 60's and I thought it really showed an alternative way of living. As I read it in 2013, with another 42 years of perspective, it moves from a possible reality to What it really always was....a fantasy like Star Wars or Star Trek. It's still a good read although a tad preachy from the Father Figure, Jubal Harshaw. It did teach me to appreciate sculpture in a way I hadn't before. I look at the "the Fallen Caryatid" and " Haulmiere" in an entirely new light.
  • Hey Publisher: Get a new spell checker!

    By poodle toods
    Great to read this book again after 30 years, sweet! But hey!!! This book has more typos than any I've read; I found that terribly sad and horribly disrespectful to Mr. Heinlein.