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Stranger in a Strange Land. 1961 Stranger in a Strange Land
by Robert A. Heinlein
First Edition 1961
G.P. Putnam's Sons
New York
Hardback in dust jacket
Cover illustration by Ben Feder
408 pages
Price: $4.50

Stranger in a Strange Land, a novel by Robert A. Heinlein.

The text was cut by the author prior to publication at the request of the publisher. The original uncut version was published in 1991.

The image opposite and the blurb below are from the 1976 New English Library paperback edition, ISBN 0450029492. Cover illustration by Bruce Pennington.

Publisher’s Blurb – Lower Cover
ROBERT HEINLEIN, Grand Master of Science Fiction — winner of .many awards — has written his most important and significant novel so far.

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

Like '1984', like 'Brave New World', STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND is a searing indictment of Western Civilization — a staggering, shocking, revealing look at the fundamental urges in our way of life.

'The best of his many books and the best in the genre.'

Publisher’s Blurb – Page One
STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND is not a novel you are going to forget.
It is shocking.
It is iconoclastic.
It is satirical.
It is deliberately annoying, and sometimes very funny.
It runs down sacred cows and slaughters them hilariously.

Although he knew it was an impossible task, Robert Heinlein deliberately set out to question every axiom of Western Culture. To throw doubts and, if possible, make the antithesis appear a possible and perhaps a desirable thing.

It is because he is so successful that a furore arose when this novel was first published in America. It became the target of vicious attacks, and paeans of praise. Some declared it to be his best novel – others claimed that Robert Heinlein had taken leave of his judgement.

Now decide for yourself.

Uncut Edition
Stranger in a Strange Land - New English Library Paperback Edition, 2nd Printing 1992, ISBN 0450547426. Cover illustrator unknown.
Stranger in a Strange Land. 1992

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