Wednesday, November 02, 2011
What I'm reading now
Kay's Thinking Cap I decided to read a banned book. Although not on Kay's list Stranger in a Strange Land is a book that I have been intending to read for some time. It's a story of a young man who was born on Mars and is brought back to earth. Having been raised and educated by Martians he is in fact a stranger in a strange land. He has super powers. He finds the earthbound human culture and mindset confusing and eventually creates a new religion. Heinlein received the Hugo award in 1962 for this story that explores human sexuality and religion. Books do not necessarily end up on banned lists because of being sexually explicit or politically incorrect. They are banned because they provoke the reader to think. A thinking citizen is a danger to the status quo enjoyed by political, religious, and economic leaders.