Stranger in a Strange Land: One Of My All Time, Favourite Novels

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Stranger in a Strange Land

Stranger in a Strange Land is one of my all time favourite novels.

If you haven’t read it yet you really should.

Here’s a very brief introduction to the plot.

Valentine Michael Smith is born on Mars.

His parents are part of a pioneering expedition to the planet but die when he is very young.

He is raised by the vastly superior Martians , who have mastered the physical world using their minds.

He is found & returned to Earth by a second expedition when he is about 20 years old.

Kept within the confines of a hospital for some time while he adjusts to Earths gravity & atmosphere, he becomes something of a political & cultural curiosity.

While there he befriends Gillian & they bond over a glass of water, a sacred ceremony for Martians.

Gillian is the first woman he has ever seen.

He is incredibly wealthy after inheriting vast fortunes from the original crew including his parents.

Many see him as a potential puppet for their own ends, especially as he appears somewhat childlike.

He soon discovers that due to his upbringing he has special powers that he uses instinctively to avoid ‘wrongness’.

Michael, as he likes to be called, sets out to right all the wrongs of the world & the rest you should really read yourselves.

Stranger in a Strange Land

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