Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.


In Robert Heinlein’s science-fiction classic Stranger in a Strange Land, the protagonist, Valentine Michael Smith, is a biological human who is born to a crew member on the first spaceship to Mars. That ship was lost and never heard from again. On a subsequent separate mission, decades later, Smith is found as the sole human survivor from the first mission and is brought back to Earth. He thinks he’s a Martian. As Smith is brought to Earth, he learns about all things human. The process he takes to discover the world can be seen as a study of humanity in microcosm. For the book’s Martian language, Heinlein ...

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