The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress

The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress

Book - 1996
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It is a tale of revolution, of the rebellion of a former penal colony on the moon against its masters on the Earth. It is a tale of a culture whose family structures are based on the presence of two men for every woman, leading to novel forms of marriage and family. it is the story of the disparate people - a computer technician, a vigorous young female agitator, and an elderly academic - who become the movement's leaders. And it is the story of Mike, the supercomputer whose sentience is known only to the revolt's inner circle, who for reasons of his own is committed to the revolution's ultimate success.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 1996.
Edition: 1st Tor ed.
ISBN: 9780312861766
0312861761
Characteristics: 382 p. ;,22 cm.

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7626dee
Sep 06, 2017

One of the top two or three science fiction books ever written. May turn off younger modern readers as the writing is slower paced and somewhat archaic by modern standards. Requires the reader to think while reading, there is a lot in this book that carried over to literally hundreds of future sci-fi authors, congratulations to Heinlein one of the greats.

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Flatcoatsmith
Feb 27, 2016

my favorite Heinlein novel. i read everything he wrote as i grew up in the sixties and i like his hard sf the best. he was a shrewd human observer at times and knew that historically political control is limited by time and distance - something to think about in our aging world-order.

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LazyNeko
Apr 29, 2012

This is more like a how to start a revolution with two guys, a hot girl, and an omniscient AI computer named Mike than a good story. Because of Mike, there wasn't any feeling of real tension risk. Plus, the weird Luna dialect the narrator had, which for some reason had a lot of Russian sprinkled all through it, made it hard to read.

unbalancedbutfair Apr 11, 2012

One of the best science fiction books I've read. Very very well done. Easily one of Heinlein's best works.

It is a little difficult to start as he invents an odd dialect of English for the main characters but it doesn't take long to adjust.

The book itself is an interesting mix of both the theoretical and the "practical" aspects of revolution and the ending is superb. Highly recommend for anyone who is interested in politics. Well worth reading even if you're not.

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unbalancedbutfair Apr 11, 2012

unbalancedbutfair thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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LazyNeko
Apr 29, 2012

"Oh, 'tanstaafl.' Means 'There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.' And isn't," I added, pointing to a FREE LUNCH sign across room, "or these drinks would cost half as much. Was reminding her that anything free costs twice as much in long run or turns out worthless."

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