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Mr. Prescott Doesn’t Grok Heinlein

August 9, 2011 by The Belated Nerd

In June, 1961, Robert A. Heinlein’s most famous novel,  A Stranger in a Strange Land came out with little fanfare, and it wasn’t until August that a book reviewer outside the ghetto of science fiction magazines deigned  to review it. Here is what Orville Prescott had to say about Heinlein’s book in the August 4 edition of The New York Times:

Later that year Robert A. Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land would become the first science fiction novel to appear on The New York Times best-seller list.


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