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Robert Heinlein


Stranger in a Strange Land
Year 1961
Publisher New English Library  (G P Putnam's Sons)
ISBN 0441790348



Stranger in a Strange Land, winner of the 1962 Hugo Award, is the story of Valentine Michael Smith, born during, and the only survivor of, the first manned mission to Mars. Michael is raised by Martians, and he arrives on Earth as a true innocent: he has never seen a woman and has no knowledge of Earth's cultures or religions. But he brings turmoil with him, as he is the legal heir to an enormous financial empire, not to mention de facto owner of the planet Mars. With the irascible popular author Jubal Harshaw to protect him, Michael explores human morality and the meanings of love. He founds his own church, preaching free love and disseminating the psychic talents taught him by the Martians. Ultimately, he confronts the fate reserved for all messiahs.



Winner of the Hugo Award

Entertaining, perhaps shocking, it attacks all the religious explanations of faith ... undermines the idea of sexual relations based on jealousy and pokes a bitter satirical finger at the materialists and politicians.



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Lunar Salute
Apollo 15 Commander Dave Scott salutes the American flag at the the Hadley-Apennine lunar landing site. The Lunar Module "Falcon" is partially visible on the right.

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