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Stranger in a Strange Land Robert A. Heinlein

Illustrated by Thomas Canty

The first science-fiction novel to enter The New York Times bestseller list, Robert A. Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land is one of the genre’s most groundbreaking works of literary fiction.

Valentine Michael Smith is human, but he has never met another member of the human race. After being raised by Martians, he is sent to Earth, where he must learn what it means to be human. On this planet, he struggles to understand the social mores and prejudices of human nature that are so alien to him, while his own powers — including telepathy, clairvoyance, telekenesis, and teleportation — make him a God amongst humans.

Stranger in a Strange Land is Heinlein’s deliberate attempt to challenge social mores, exploring the meaning and relevance of institutions including religion, monogamy, money, and the fear of death. Generating considerable controversy upon its release, the novel was banned from school libraries and reading lists, while many reviewers took offense to what they assumed was Heinlein’s view of how society should be. Heinlein later stated, “I was not giving answers. I was trying to shake the reader loose from some preconceptions and induce him to think for himself, along new and fresh lines. … It is an invitation to think – not to believe.”

Stranger in a Strange Land won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1962.

About the Editions

The limited edition of Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein is presented in three states: Lettered, Numbered and Artist editions. The editions measure 6” x 9” and feature eleven full color illustrations by Thomas Canty. The text is set in digital monotype Bembo and all editions are signed by Thomas Canty. The text is the complete, uncut version.

The Lettered edition is limited to 26 copies and is a bradel binding with a leather spine and Japanese cloth sides. Endsheets are Hahnemühle Bugra and the edition is printed offset on Mohawk Via, with the colophon printed letterpress. The clamshell enclosure is covered in European cloth, and the edition is signed by artist Thomas Canty.

The Numbered edition of 250 copies is a quarter cloth binding with custom designed letterpress printed sides, and a foil stamped spine label. Endsheets are Hahnemühle Bugra, and the edition is printed offset on Mohawk Via. The slipcase enclosure is covered in a two-toned cloth, and the edition is signed by artist Thomas Canty.

The Artist edition is limited to 750 copies with a dust jacket featuring a wrap-around illustration by Thomas Canty. It is a full cloth, smyth sewn binding with two-hits foil stamping. It is the only edition of the three with the dust jacket, and is signed by the artist. The edition is housed in an embossed paper covered slipcase.

About the Author

Robert A. Heinlein

Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) was an American science-fiction author, aeronautical engineer, and retired naval officer. Sometimes referred to as the “dean of science-fiction writers,” he was among the first to emphasize scientific accuracy in his fiction. Heinlein published over one hundred novels, short stories, and articles in his life, and won six Hugo awards. His influence can be clearly seen in the writings of many important authors writing today.

About the Artist

Thomas Canty

Thomas Canty was born and educated in Boston, and is a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He is a book designer, interior illustrator, book cover artist, and a founding member of The Newbury Studio.

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Six of Eleven Illustrations by Thomas Canty

Published editions may differ slightly from mockups and prototype designs.
Illustrations © 2020 by Thomas Canty
Lettered edition photography by Yegor Malinovskii

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