|Full title||Stranger in a Strange Land [permalink]|
|Author||Robert A. Heinlein (author)|
|Categories||Novel and science fiction|
|Original publication year||1961|
|ISBN||0-441-79034-8 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]|
A man born of human parents but raised on Mars arrives on Earth and goes on to learn as much about it as possible. He learns about religion and eventually founds his own church (which turns out to be more of a school than a church) where he teaches Martian so that Martian concepts can be readily communicated and understood; things like levitation, teleportation, and telepathy are available so long as you learn the language. The title is a reference to the Bible. From the KJV, Exodus 2:22:
This book is also the book from which the term 'grok' comes. See the Jargon file entry on grok.
I think the portrayal of Michael (the man from Mars) as he learns more and more about Earth is very well-written and his progression is reflected in his speech pretty well.