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I’m a fan of Robert A Heinlein, which is probably not news to many members.

One of his major successes was the novel “Stranger in a Strange Land”. It was published in 1961, but only after Heinlein - under protest - edited it to remove about 60,000 words.

Shortly after he died, a peculiarity of the copyright law allowed his widow to publish the novel in its longer unedited version. For awhile, and maybe still, the novel was in bookstores in both versions.

If you have read both versions, which did you prefer and why?

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1 hour ago, gwalchmai said:

Not sure, but I think it was Anne who got Mike's cherry. 

Was this Anne speaking?

I’ve been kissed by men who did a very good job. But they don’t give kissing their whole attention. They can’t. No matter how hard they try parts of their minds are on something else. Missing the last bus—or their chances of making the gal—or their own techniques in kissing—or maybe worry about jobs, or money, or will husband or papa or the neighbors catch on. Mike doesn’t have technique . . . but when Mike kisses you he isn’t doing anything else. You’re his whole universe . . . and the moment is eternal because he doesn’t have any plans and isn’t going anywhere. Just kissing you.
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