Stranger in a Strange Land is a 1961 science fiction novel by American author Robert A. Heinlein. It tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, a human who comes to Earth in early adulthood after being born on the planet Mars and raised by Martians. The novel explores his interaction with—and eventual transformation of—terrestrial culture. The title seems an allusion to the phrase in Exodus 2:22 (in the Biblical Book of Exodus).[1] According to Heinlein, the novel's working title was The Heretic. Several later editions of the book have promoted it as "The most famous Science Fiction Novel ever written".

Pop Culture Connections - Outgoing

It refers to these plays...

Hamlet
written by

This Play is referred to by Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein
Ben misquotes Hamlet when he says, "What is Hecuba to you, or you to Hecuba?" The actual quote is "What's Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba?" (Chapter 6)

Romeo and Juliet
written by

This Play is referred to by Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein
Mike references this play and how Romeo "discorporated" too soon (Chapter 12)

It refers to these poetry...

Death's Song of a Wood's Colt
performed by Jubal Harshaw

This Poem is referred to by Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein
Jubal dicates this poem to Anne (Chapter 34)

One for the Road
written by

This Poem is referred to by Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein
Jubal dicates this poem to Anne (Chapter 34)

Requiem
written by

This Poem is referred to by Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein
Jubal quotes this poem while talking to Jill (Chapter 11)

It refers to these books...

Book of Mormon
written by

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This Book is referred to by Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein
Jill returns one day to find Mike sitting and surrounded by books including this one (Chapter 29)

Gulliver's Travels
written by

This Book is referred to by Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein
Gulliver's Travels is used as a metaphor to explain part of Martian culture (Chapter 14)

Hagworth's Law of Contracts
written by

This Book is referred to by Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein
Mike references this book when trying to understand gender pronouns (Chapter 12)

Holy Bible

This Book is referred to by Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein
The Bible is mentioned multiple times throughout the book
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Just So Stories
written by

This Book is referred to by Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein
Jill finds this book in Jubal's house (Chapter 10)

Kama Sutra
written by

This Book is referred to by Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein
Jill returns one day to find Mike sitting and surrounded by books including this one (Chapter 29)

Key to Solomon's Stone
written by

This Book is referred to by Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein
Madame Alexandra Vessant uses this paperback book to help create her horoscopes. (Chapter 9)

Quran (Koran)

This Book is referred to by Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein
Mahmoud and Jubal discuss Arabic and the Koran to compare how Martian translation isn't easy (Chapter 21)
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Shadow of Greatness: One Woman's Story
written by

This Book is referred to by Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein
Agnes Douglas's biography is mentioned in Chapter 9

Talmud

This Book is referred to by Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein
Jill returns one day to find Mike sitting and surrounded by books including this one (Chapter 29)
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The Anatomy of Melancholy
written by

This Book is referred to by Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein
Jubal tells Duke that there are glasses behind this book on the bookshelf (Chapter 17)

The Arcane Science of Judicial Astrology
written by

This Book is referred to by Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein
Madame Alexandra Vessant uses this paperback book to help create her horoscopes. (Chapter 9)

The Devil and Reverend Foster
written by

This Book is referred to by Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein
This unauthorized biography was said to have been printed and then all copies immediately burned (Chapter 30)

The Golden Bough
written by

This Book is referred to by Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein
Jill returns one day to find Mike sitting and surrounded by books including this one (Chapter 29)

The New Revelations
written by

This Book is referred to by Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein
Jill returns one day to find Mike sitting and surrounded by books including this one (Chapter 29)

The Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Book of Natural Liberation Through Understanding in the Between
written by , , , and

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This Book is referred to by Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein
Jill returns one day to find Mike sitting and surrounded by books including this one (Chapter 29)

The War of the Worlds
written by

This Book is referred to by Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein
Ben mentions this book to Jill while talking about how the Man from Mars can be an intermediary to prevent interplanetary war (Chapter 5)

Webster's New International Dictionary

This Book is referred to by Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein
Mike mentions that he has read this dictionary while he tries to understand gender pronouns. (Chapter 12)
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It refers to these songs...

Hail to Sovereign Peace
composed by Unknown

This Song is referred to by Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein
This Federation anthem is played after a news broadcast in chapter 6

Jingle Bells
performed by Traditional

This Song is referred to by Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein
Plays in the Fosterite temple when the group goes for a visit (Chapter 23)

Shave and a Haircut
composed by Traditional

This Song is referred to by Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein
This melody is the doctor's "secret" signal to tell Jill to open the door when he returns. (Chapter 8)

Symphony No. 5 in C minor
composed by Ludwig van Beethoven

This Song is referred to by Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein
It is mentioned that Martian ideas can't be described in English any better than Beethoven's Fifth can be described in English (Chapter 31)

It refers to these sculptures...

Fallen Caryatid Carrying her Stone

This Sculpture is referred to by Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein
This sculpture (referred to as "The Caryatid Fallen Under Her Stone") is mentioned multiple times, first seen in an art book owned by Jubal (Chapter 22)
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The Little Mermaid
sculpted Edvard Eriksen

This Sculpture is referred to by Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein
While Mike has gotten Jubal sculptures as presents, Jubal got a copy of this one for himself, in honor of Mike (Chapter 30)

Pop Culture Connections - Incoming

It is referred to by these television episodes...

House of Lies:
Season:  5  / Episode:  3 
Holacracy

This Television Episode refers to Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein
Doug tries to explain to the group what "grok" means by mentioning that it came from this sci-fi book

Lost:
Season:  3  / Episode:  9 
Stranger in a Strange Land

This Television Episode refers to Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein
The title of the episode is a reference to this book

It is referred to by these songs...

Friends
performed by The Police

This Song refers to Stranger in a Strange Land written by Robert A. Heinlein
Friends is about the Martian culture of eating/groking your friends when they "discorporate" (die) as described in Stranger in a Strange Land.

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Lost:
Season:  3  / Episode:  9 
Stranger in a Strange Land

 

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Season:  14  / Episode:  1 
Stranger in a Strange Land


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