"Stranger in a Strange Land", by Robert Heinlein

Novel, 1961

Epic story of the return to Earth of the Man from Mars and how he fares with and influences power and religious structures. This is a fairly tough read, with plenty of outdated, corny dialogue and a very male orientated outlook, but beyond all this and the occasionally uncomfortable hyper-enthusiasm for free love, there are some interesting ideas, blistering satire against the excesses of capitalism and more besides. If there’s some cod philosophy, at least there’s some thinking and provocation, and the wavering undercurrent of order versus anarchy is compelling.

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