Valentine Michael Smith is a human being raised on Mars, newly returned to Earth. Among his people for the first time, he struggles to. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein. Read online, or download in secure EPUB format. Reviews If any work of fiction will earn Robert Heinlein a permanent place on the collective bookshelf, it is going to be Stranger in a Strange Land, for the impact.

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Editorial Reviews. Review. Stranger in a Strange Land, winner of the Hugo Award, is the story of Valentine Michael Smith, born during, and. Read "Stranger in a Strange Land" by Robert A. Heinlein available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. Robert Heinlein's Hugo. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein, March 1, , Berkley edition.

While looking for material to fit John Campbell's title, 'Gulf,' Mrs. Heinlein thought it would be interesting to explore the case of a human raised by Martians. Heinlein thought that the idea would make a pretty good Lettres Perses—type novel, took some notes and filed it away for later use, finally placing the completed but abridged version with Putnam's in an uncut edition was released in Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, orphaned progeny of the first manned expedition to Mars, who has been raised by Martians and brought back to Earth by a second human expedition.

Though he is a man in his twenties, Smith looks at absolutely everything on this new planet through the ignorant eyes of a baby, and faces the job of learning how to be a human being. If the world government of Earth will let him, that is, for Smith, through a legal fluke, not only has sole survivor rights to the space drive that his mother invented, but also to the surface of Mars.

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In a Byzantine maneuver that makes Watergate seem minor, the government holds Smith hostage while it tries to figure out how to seize his assets. Ben Caxton, a muckraking reporter, suspects the worst and attempts to rescue Smith.

The problem is, if you can't fight City Hall, how can you even begin to fight a world government? Enter Caxton's friend, Jubal Harshaw, attorney, physician, hack writer, bon vivant, curmudgeon, anarchist.

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A manned expedition is mounted to visit the planet Mars but all contact is lost after landing. A second expedition twenty five years later finds a single survivor, Valentine Michael Smith.

Smith was born on the spacecraft and was raised entirely by the Martians. He is ordered by the Martians to go with the returning expedition, much against his will.

Because Smith is unaccustomed to the relatively dense atmosphere and high gravity of Earth, he is confined at Bethesda Hospital , where having never seen a human female, he is attended by male staff only. Seeing this restriction as a challenge, Nurse Gillian Boardman eludes the guards and goes in to see Smith.

By sharing a glass of water with him, she inadvertently becomes his first female "water brother", considered a profound relationship by the Martians. When Gillian tells reporter Ben Caxton about her experience with Smith, Ben explains how as heir to the entire exploration party, Smith is extremely wealthy and following a legal precedent set during the colonisation of the Moon, the Larkin Decision, he could be considered to own the planet Mars itself.

His arrival on Earth has prompted a political power struggle that puts his life in danger. Ben persuades her to bug his room and then publishes stories to bait the government into releasing Smith.

After Ben is seized by the S. Smith discards the agents irretrievably into a fourth dimension , then is so shocked by Gillian's terrified reaction that he enters a semblance of catatonia. Gillian, remembering Ben's earlier suggestion, conveys Smith to Jubal Harshaw , a famous author who is also a physician and a lawyer.

Smith continues to demonstrate afterlife is a fact he takes for granted because the government on Mars is composed of "Old Ones", the spirits of Martians who have died.

It is also customary for loved ones and friends to eat the bodies of the dead , in a spirit of Holy Communion.

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Eventually Harshaw arranges freedom for Smith and recognition that human law, which would have granted ownership of Mars to Smith, has no applicability to a planet already inhabited by intelligent life. Now free to travel, Smith becomes a celebrity and is feted by the elite of Earth.They were carefully selected: Jubal means 'the father of all,' Michael stands for 'Who is like God?

We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. I read Stranger in a Strange Land when it first came out in Alastair Reynolds.

However, to expect the rest to follow from that kind of responsibility and self-control is just silly. Methuselah's Children. Alec Nevala-Lee.