"THE SLICKEST WAY TO LIE IS TO TELL THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF TRUTH—THEN SHUT UP"
HEINLEIN, Robert. Stranger in a Strange Land. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, (1961). Octavo, original green cloth, original dust jacket. $7200.
First edition of Heinlein’s most famous and influential novel.
"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." First issue, in green cloth with code C22 in the gutter of page 408 (Currey, 193). Currey, 193. Smiley, 36.
Book extremely good, with mild toning and light soiling to cloth and tiny repair to head of spine. Bright dust jacket with only minor restoration and a bit of toning to spine. A most attractive copy.