Study Guide

Stranger in a Strange Land Chapter 2

By Robert A. Heinlein

Chapter 2

  • Fast forward twenty years, and a second expedition to Mars is launched.Ā 
  • They did get some pictures of Mars's surface and would have sent a second mission earlier, but apparently some pesky World War III got in the way.
  • Not to worry, this is just fiction. Right?
  • So this second expedition consists of eighteen spacemen and twenty-three other men. New technology allows for a nineteen day crossing. Guess they figured they could survive without women for a month or so. We'll see about that.
  • Captain van Tromp sends back three rather interesting messages. None of them are about hills being alive.
  • The first says there are no survivors from the Envoy (told ya). The second claims there is alien life on Mars. The third is a correction: turns out there is one Envoy survivor. (Talk about outwit, outlast, outplay.)