The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

But Did You Read the Book? #11
They Went and Made a Book Out of It #5
GROK!


Stranger in a Strange Land (1961 science fiction novel) 1965, UK edition Four Square

Fifty something years later (I'm horrified to hear) SIASL is in production.  How can a cinematographic representation be made without changing this gem beyond recognition?  SIASL is and was a child of the times and Michael Valentine Smith, Jubal Harshaw, Jill and the other characters need to continue to live in our minds just as half of the book takes place inside the characters' thoughts.  
GROK!

11 comments :

Robert Fiore said...

I think they already made this movie. It's called "The Master."

said...

The Master was written as a screenplay and is NOT Heinlein's SIASL and most famous and influential work.

Robert Fiore said...

I suspect you've missed the point.

Robert Fiore said...

The title character reminded me of Jubal Harshaw, and of Robert Heinlein. And the messianic cult seemed familiar.

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Uh-oh. I've got a distinct vibe that I'd better read this sucker right quick. Thanks for the 9,574,929th heads up from the Gunslinger; i've never been steered wrong yet.

Iain said...

Please Dear GOD NO!!!!!!!

I read this book repeatedly growing up.

Who could turn this into a movie? Lynch? Gilliam? It would take too many hours to do properly....

I'm scared.

shrineodreams said...

I thought this category was for books made from movies rather than vice-versa, am I wrong? Anyway, M.V.Smith could only be played by Tom Cruise.

shrineodreams said...

Whoops! Missed that you combined two categories there, so I'm 50% wrong.

peterrocker said...

Well, wadya know! This is the edition I had all those years ago. Not a book you can forget easily.

Look forward to seeing if they don't fuck it up.

Steven Augustine said...

I read it as a teen and remember it well... the natural fascism of the adolescent worldview made me Heinlein's ideal reader until I grew out of it! But RH really was a frightful old creep

Steven Augustine said...

PS cover Art by the brilliant Dillons...?