Excerpt from “Stranger in a Strange Land” by Robert A Heinlein

Mike continued to walk unhurriedly toward the crowd until he loomed up in the stereo tank in life size, as if he were in the room with his water brothers. He stopped on the grass verge in front of the hotel, a few feet from the crowd. “You called me?” He was answered with a growl. The sky held scattered clouds; at that instant the sun came out from behind one and a shaft of golden light hit him. His clothes vanished. He stood before them, a golden youth, clothed only in his own beauty – beauty that made Jubal’s heart ache, thinking that Michelangelo in his ancient years would have climbed down from his high scaffolding to record it for generations unborn. Mike said gently, “Look at me. I am a son of man.” “God damn you!” A half brick caught Mike in the ribs. He turned his face slightly toward his assailant. “But you yourself are God. You can damn only yourself . . . and you can never escape yourself.” “Blasphemer!” A rock caught him just over his left eye and blood welled forth. Mike said calmly, “In fighting me, you fight yourself . . . for Thou art God . . . and I am God . . . and all that groks is God – there is no other.” More rocks hit him, from various directions; he began to bleed in several places. “Hear the Truth. You need not hate, you need not fight, you need not fear. I offer you the water of life — ” Suddenly his hand held a tumbler of water, sparkling in the sunlight. “- any you may share it whenever you so will . . . and walk in peace and love and happiness together.” A rock caught the glass and shattered it. Another struck him in the mouth. Through bruised and bleeding lips he smiled at them, looking straight into the camera with an expression of yearning tenderness on his face. Some trick of sunlight and stereo formed a golden halo back of his head. “Oh my brothers, I love you so! Drink deep. Share and grow closer without end. Thou art God.” Jubal whispered it back to him.


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One response to “Excerpt from “Stranger in a Strange Land” by Robert A Heinlein

  1. Billy Joel included this in his “We Didn’t Start The Fire” lyrics…
    “Hemingway, Eichmann, Stranger in a Strange Land,
    Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion
    Lawrence of Arabia, British Beatlemania
    Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson
    Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British Politician sex
    J.F.K. blown away, what else do I have to say ”

    Robert Heinlein was born in Missouri on 7 July 1907. He died in California on 8 May 1988, aged 80 years.

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