The first science-fiction novel to enter The New York Times bestseller list, Robert A. Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land is one of the genre’s most groundbreaking works of literary fiction.
Valentine Michael Smith is human, but he has never met another member of the human race. After being raised by Martians, he is sent to Earth, where he must learn what it means to be human. On this planet, he struggles to understand the social mores and prejudices of human nature that are so alien to him, while his own powers — including telepathy, clairvoyance, telekenesis, and teleportation — make him a God amongst humans.
Stranger in a Strange Land is Heinlein’s deliberate attempt to challenge social mores, exploring the meaning and relevance of institutions including religion, monogamy, money, and the fear of death. Generating considerable controversy upon its release, the novel was banned from school libraries and reading lists, while many reviewers took offense to what they assumed was Heinlein’s view of how society should be. Heinlein later stated, “I was not giving answers. I was trying to shake the reader loose from some preconceptions and induce him to think for himself, along new and fresh lines. … It is an invitation to think – not to believe.”
Stranger in a Strange Land won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1962.
About the editions:
The limited edition of Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein is presented in three states: Lettered, Numbered and Artist editions. The editions measure 6” x 9” and feature eleven full color illustrations by Thomas Canty. All editions are signed by Thomas Canty. The text is the complete, uncut version.
The Lettered edition is limited to 26 copies and is a bradel binding with a leather spine and Japanese cloth sides. Endsheets are Hahnemühle Bugra and the edition is printed offset on Mohawk Via, with the colophon printed letterpress. The clamshell enclosure is covered in European cloth, and the edition is signed by artist Thomas Canty. ($1,500)
The Numbered edition of 250 copies is a quarter cloth binding with custom designed letterpress printed sides, and a foil stamped spine label. Endsheets are Hahnemühle Bugra, and the edition is printed offset on Mohawk Via. The slipcase enclosure is covered in a two-toned cloth, and the edition is signed by artist Thomas Canty. ($320)
The Artist edition is limited to 750 copies with a dust jacket featuring a wrap-around illustration by Thomas Canty. It is a full cloth, smyth sewn binding with two-hits foil stamping. It is the only edition of the three with the dust jacket, and is signed by the artist. The edition is housed in an embossed paper covered slipcase. ($135)
The Numbered and Lettered editions are available for pre-order on Saturday, December 12th at 9 A.M. Pacific. The Artist Edition can be pre-ordered today. More info HERE.