“HEINLEIN’S MOST POPULAR NOVEL”: FIRST EDITION OF THE CLASSIC STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND, WITH AN AUTOGRAPH POSTCARD SIGNED BY HEINLEIN TO SCIENCE FICTION PUBLISHER ROY A. SQUIRES LAID IN
HEINLEIN, Robert A. Stranger in a Strange Land. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, (1961). Octavo, original green cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
First edition of this famous Hugo Award-winning novel, with a postcard printed with Heinlein's name and address and addressed to science fiction publisher Roy A. Squires laid in: "29 Sept 52. Dear Roy—I am interested in joining the Book Find Club. Yours, Bob Heinlein."
“An amazing, iconoclastic and complex satire of hypocrisy in sex and religion… A radical departure from conventional science fiction” (Patterson, 29, 48). “It reached large audiences farther away from his science fiction roots than anything else [Heinlein] wrote, and inspired insurgencies both right and left” (Anatomy of Wonder II:518). The novel won Heinlein his third Hugo Award—and while it strikes many readers as wildly divergent from his previous Hugo-winning book, Starship Troopers (1959), the author once claimed that the two works explored the same theme: “love and duty—and how they are related to the survival of our race” (Gray, Science Fiction Studies 64: 21 (3), November 1994). “It has proved to be Heinlein’s most popular novel, in the later 1960s becoming a cult-book among students (who were drawn to it, presumably, by its iconoclasm and by Heinlein’s apparent espousal of free love and mysticism), and remains by far the best of the books he wrote in his late manner” (Clute & Nicholls, 555-56). First edition, with no listing of later printings on the copyright page, code "C22" on page 408, and price of $4.50 on dust jacket. Currey, 193. Squires was a science fiction enthusiast, book dealer, and publisher, known for his limited edition letterpress chapbooks by authors such as Clark Ashton Smith (for whom he served as literary executor), Ray Bradbury, Fritz Lieber, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, and Phil Garland.
Autograph note signed in fine condition. Book fine; light wear to extremities of bright dust jacket with only slight soiling to white rear panel. A fine copy, scarce in such excellent condition, and with an autograph Heinlein note of exceptional provenance.