Stranger in a Strange Land Cover Redesign 2008

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Stranger In A Strange Land

A paperback cover for Robert Heinlein’s 1961 science fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land, about a man raised by Martians. One of the book’s main themes is the symbolic importance of water and drinking, and many passages revolve around water or sharing water. It is also concerned with perspective, the ambiguity of moral choice and the continual necessity to re-examine the world and our assumptions about it. My synopsis on the back reads:

“Valentine Michael Smith was born during, and the only survivor of, humanity’s first expedition to Mars. Found as an infant amid the carnage of the human crew, Smith was raised by the indigenous Martians as one of their own. A quarter of a century later, mankind claimed him and brought home a completely alien, completely human man with abilities and perspectives no one thought possible — and, legally, the sole owner of the planet Mars.

With the simple offering of a glass of water, Smith sets in motion a chain of events that will forever change not only humanity’s view of itself but the politics and spirituality of the entire solar system.”