Hugely influential within both the science-fiction genre and the world of robotics, Asimov’s short stories are introduced here by the author of Robopocalypse.
Stranger in a Strange Land
Illustrated by Donato Giancola
Introduced by Michael Dirda
Still as topical and as challenging as when it was first published, Stranger in a Strange Land is Robert A. Heinlein’s science-fiction masterpiece. This is the first illustrated edition.
Stranger in a Strange Land
Once upon a time when the world was young there was a Martian named Smith.
Stranger in a Strange Land was published in 1961. Initially acclaimed by science-fiction readers, it won the Hugo Award for best novel and soon garnered a larger, more mainstream following, going on to become, as described by Michael Dirda in his new introduction, ‘one of the defining literary works of the 1960s’. Robert A. Heinlein was a giant of 20th Century science fiction, and he, like all the greatest SF masters, used the genre as a lens through which to view the key questions of existence. Tackling radical ideas about sexual liberation, free love and religion that were enormously controversial at the time – and continue to be hotly debated talking points today – Stranger in a Strange Land struck a chord with a generation in the midst of a period of great change and remains an essential read. This, the first illustrated edition, features a series of hallucinatory images by award-winning artist Donato Giancola.
Bound in blocked cloth
Set in Meridien with Altrincham as display
Frontispiece and 8 full-page colour illustrations
Gilt metallic red page tops
Slipcase with an inset colour printed label
10˝ x 6¾˝
Illustrated by the winner of three Hugo awards
‘The best of his many books and the best in the genre’
- Washington Post
Folio’s Stranger in a Strange Land, which features the full, uncut version of Heinlein’s text, is also the first ever illustrated edition. Artist Donato Giancola has worked on a number of celebrated science-fiction and fantasy projects, and has himself won the Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist three times, making him the perfect choice to capture the story of the truly otherworldly Valentine Michael Smith. For this special edition, Giancola has created nine fantastical illustrations suffused with dreamlike colour, and an eerily beautiful slipcase design that depicts Smith and his followers floating together in a strange, watery landscape. As well as a handsome binding, Stranger in a Strange Land features printed endpapers, making this – alongside the Folio edition of Heinlein’s Starship Troopers – an essential addition to any science-fiction collection.
The man from Mars comes home
The first manned mission to Mars had been thought lost for decades, the crew assumed to have been killed in the line of duty. Twenty-five years later, a new expedition discovers that there was a lone survivor… Valentine Michael Smith, born on the ship and subsequently raised by Martians, is the very first ‘Man from Mars’. Returning to Earth, Smith finds himself in a world that is dangerously incomprehensible to him, surrounded by people who wish to exploit his unique status and use him for political advantage. When a kindly nurse unwittingly performs a sacred act of Martian bonding by offering Smith a glass of water, a series of events is put into motion that will see this man from Mars chasing after universal truths – survival, love, and the freedom to express it.
About Robert A. Heinlein
About Michael Dirda
About Donato Giancola
Donato Giancola is an American artist specialising in science fiction and fantasy. He grew up in Vermont and received a BFA from Syracuse University; he is now based in Brooklyn and teaches online through the SmArt School. He traces his love of classical figurative painting – a deep influence on his own art – to long hours spent in the museums of New York City. His notable work includes illustrations for the collectable card game Magic: The Gathering and he has been commissioned by LucasArts, Hasbro, DC Comics, and many others. Among Giancola’s accolades are the Hamilton King Award for Excellence from the Society of Illustrators and three Hugo Awards from the World Science Fiction Society.
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