This book 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.
Science fiction cult classic was published in 1961.
Having difficulty getting through this book, don’t stop Nancy! Heinlein’s futuristic inventions sound so “suranné” outdated. Themes like power of gov’t, capitalism and religion are visible. H was reared in the “bible belt” and it has left it’s scars. At times he vents his frustration with religion ad nauseam. 1st chapter is “Maculate Origin” instead of “Immaculate Origin”. I trudge on
Reading Zola and then switching to science fiction (Heinlein) is like eating filet-mignon and then eating hot dogs. This book is hard to digest or should I use the martian word “grok”. The marsman has been introduced to money, retail therapy and an evangelical cult church service. Unfortunately the church bishop had been “zapped” into oblivion. Why? I don’t know yet…
Read all day, wanted this book out of my life!
This was a terrible book. It had very little to do with science fiction. It was more of a religious allegory.
Heinlein had various issues in his life and we see them all in this story:
- Strict religious upbringing in the “bible belt” of Missouri and the
- concept of free love ( physically and emotionally).
Mike the martian went from a docile “spirit” to a cocky guy enjoying women and leaving tatoo’s on their body with his kiss. Finally Mike sees the light and decides to become a priest in his very own church.
The grand finale: Mike allows himself to be publicaly murderd by an angry mob who do not agree with his radical teachings. Later we see Mike “ascend” into heaven. Sound familiar?
I wasted my time reading this book…don’t make the same mistake!