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The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (1966)

by Robert A. Heinlein

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Series: World As Myth (prequel)

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    The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: A different moon, a different anti-authoritarian community, but the same experience of thinking about other ways to run human societies
  2. 21
    Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (JFDR)
  3. 11
    Illusions of Tranquility [short fiction] by Brendan DuBois (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: This short story puts a new twist on Heinlein's libertarian moon colony.
  4. 00
    Constellation Games by Leonard Richardson (bertilak)
  5. 11
    Freehold by Michael Z. Williamson (enrique_molinero)
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    Radio Freefall by Matthew Jarpe (psybre)
    psybre: Lunar mayhem, and not just due to rock and roll, either.
  7. 01
    The Merro Tree by Katie Waitman (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For the seeds of revolution.
  8. 01
    Pallas by L. Neil Smith (enrique_molinero)
  9. 01
    Moon of Mutiny by Lester Del Rey (infiniteletters)
  10. 02
    The Unincorporated Man by Dani Kollin (MyriadBooks)
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It was fun to see where TANSTAAFL came from, and sort of funny to read about a future that was utterly mired in past sexism, however much Heinlein tried to get past it. I found some of the details to be tedious, especially the ones about setting up the government, and once the war arrived, the ending was a foregone conclusion so it was a little boring to watch it all unwind. The loss of Mike was poignant, but probably easier to manage than a free society with an all-knowing sentient supercomputer at the center. ( )
  iBeth | Feb 8, 2016 |
The story begins with Mannie, our hero, a free-lance computer tech who discovers that the Warden's thinkum dinkum is sentient with a fully engaged sense of humour. Intrigued, a precarious friendship develops with the mainframe being guided along the precarious path of humanity. This wonderfully attentive opening sequence quickly progresses from a first contact story-line to a developed portrayal of the mechanism, reaction and consequences of revolution. For my full review visit: goo.gl/uXg0dv ( )
  Girlscifi | Jan 16, 2016 |
I know this is supposed to be a masterpiece for its realistic worldbuilding, but the very unrealistic libertarian themes just ruin it for me. ( )
  Lindoula | Dec 27, 2015 |
Please read the full review on Weighing A Pig Doesn't Fatten It...

First things first: although it is not without troubles, I enjoyed The Moon is a Harsh Mistress a lot. It’s exciting and interesting, even half a century after it was first published. A classic, yes.

So, troubles? (...) ( )
  bormgans | Dec 15, 2015 |
Even though this is one of his later novels, it feels much earlier. The classic Heinlein themes are there: fierce individualism/libertarianism, free love, pluralistic marriages, interesting extrapolation of scientific discoveries (AI) and frontier exploration (moon colonization), and quirky characters, male and female. But it feels stilted, not like a book that was written AFTER Stranger in a Strange Land or Starship Troopers, and just before I Will Fear No Evil, and over-elaborated at times (e.g, a 4 page diversion on the best way of organization revolutionary cells so a minimal number of people can be betrayed could have been done in a paragraph or two).

I enjoyed it, but I think there are better, easier Heinlein reads.
  viking2917 | Sep 20, 2015 |
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None of these complaints are to say that Harsh Mistress is a straight-up bad book. As with any Heinlein book, it offers a lot of food for thought and fodder for argument.
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Heinlein, Robert A.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bradbury, Raymistaken ascriptionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
James, LloydNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lippi, GiuseppeContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moore, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Patrito, MarcoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pinna, AntonangeloTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I see in Lunaya Pravda that Luna City Council has passed on first reading a bill to examine, license, inspect—and tax—public food vendors operating inside municipal pressure.
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There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.
TANSTAAFL (There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch)
We never did it that way again ... Alvarez was not a scientific detective.
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Für die ersten Raumfahrer war sie das Ziel ihrer größten Sehnsüchte, doch nun ist Luna ein Hort der Alpträume geworden. Die Menschen haben den Mond in eine riesige Strafkolonie verwandelt. Niemand, der hierher verbannt wurde, hat die Chance, auf die Erde zurückzukehren. Das System ist allen verhaßt, doch keiner lehnt sich gegen die grausamen Unterdrücker auf - bis Mike, der gigantische Computer, für die Loonies Partei ergreift. Und plötzlich scheint alles möglich zu sein - selbst die Revolution auf dem Mond.
Ein Klassiker! Einer der fünf besten SF-Romane aller Zeiten.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0312863551, Paperback)

Tom Clancy has said of Robert A. Heinlein, "We proceed down the path marked by his ideas. He shows us where the future is." Nowhere is this more true than in Heinlein's gripping tale of revolution on the moon in 2076, where "Loonies" are kept poor and oppressed by an Earth-based Authority that turns huge profits at their expense. A small band of dissidents, including a one-armed computer jock, a radical young woman, a past-his-prime academic and a nearly omnipotent computer named Mike, ignite the fires of revolution despite the near certainty of failure and death.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:57 -0400)

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A one-armed computer technician, a radical blonde bombshell, an aging academic, and a sentient all-knowing computer lead the lunar population in a revolution against Earth's colonial rule.

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