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The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A.…

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (1966)

by Robert A. Heinlein

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Series: World As Myth (Prequel)

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  1. 152
    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)
  6. 00
    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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This book was published almost 50 years ago and still seems relevant and controversial. I have to assume that the religious right has never read this book (or Stranger in a Strange Land), because there would have been one hell of an uproar. How is it that people wanted to ban the Harry Potter books but say nothing of these?
Mr. Heinlein is a master of using a science fiction owrldd and story to hold as a mirror to our (United States) society. While the culture he was writing about was mid-20th century, the issues are still prevalent in the early 21st century.
One of the things that I love about this book (and others of his) is that Heinlein sees a need for a word and instead of trying to bend a term that is already in use to his own means, he just makes up a new word and defines it through usage. ( )
  Eric.Cone | Sep 28, 2017 |
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 | Sep 25, 2017 |
This is an excellent novel, action-packed, exciting, and deftly-plotted, with fascinating, complex characters and some interesting science-fictional ideas. Computer with a mind of it's own. What a concept? The plot reads like the American Revolution and the Lunar characters act like colonists from the 18th century. Throw in Australia and it's a match. Given that, ending was predictable. The book was really long listen. ( )
  buffalogr | Sep 4, 2017 |
Really enjoyable sci-fi.

Loved Mike, the computer with a mind of its own.

Manny gets drawn into the plan to free the moon. Mike and the Prof have plans that Manny doesn't know. ( )
  nx74defiant | Jun 25, 2017 |
My first audio book. What a great experience. With narrator (viz. Manny) read in a Russian accent throughout.

Novelty of audio book experience aside what an interesting mash of ideas and concepts swirled amidst the plot of lunar colonist (Moon/Luna) breaking away from Authority/Free Nations (Earth/Terran) rule. Yaey underdog going against the odds!

Found the ending a bit sad though. ( )
  kephradyx | Jun 20, 2017 |
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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
Warhola, JamesCover artistsecondary 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.
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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