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The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (original 1966; edition 2018)

by Robert A. Heinlein (Author)

Series: World As Myth (Prequel)

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Winner of the 1967 Hugo award, this novel marked Heinlein's partial return to his best form. He draws many historical parallels with the War of Independence, and clearly shows his own libertarian political views. In what is considered one of his most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern Sci-Fi tells the strange story of an even stranger world--twenty-first century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans--a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But the problem with the inevitable is that it always happens.… (more)
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Title:The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
Authors:Robert A. Heinlein (Author)
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The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein (1966)

  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. 00
    Constellation Games by Leonard Richardson (bertilak)
  4. 11
    Freehold by Michael Z. Williamson (enrique_molinero)
  5. 00
    Moving Mars by Greg Bear (aspirit)
    aspirit: Similar themes but with a Mars/Earth conflict.
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    Radio Freefall by Matthew Jarpe (psybre)
    psybre: Lunar mayhem, and not just due to rock and roll, either.
  7. 11
    Illusions of Tranquility [short fiction] by Brendan DuBois (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: This short story puts a new twist on Heinlein's libertarian moon colony.
  8. 01
    Moon of Mutiny by Lester Del Rey (infiniteletters)
  9. 01
    Pallas by L. Neil Smith (enrique_molinero)
  10. 01
    The Merro Tree by Katie Waitman (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For the seeds of revolution.
  11. 02
    The Unincorporated Man by Dani Kollin (MyriadBooks)
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Even though the book's ending was rather predictable, the plot still stood out for its richness and multi-layering. However, the narrative style made it an uneasy read, especially in the beginning. ( )
  nasko7 | May 29, 2021 |
Man, this was awful. Heinlein's views on things like gender really have not aged well. Maybe that's why Starship Troopers is his best book, every character is a dude.

It *is* interesting to read sci fi from the 60s and 70s where the author assumes the Cold War just lasts forever. How bleak. ( )
  bishnu83 | Apr 6, 2021 |
This book had interesting motifs, but after they touched down it was such a drag... I just closed the book and never picked it up again. ( )
  Firons2 | Jan 31, 2021 |
A classic, pieces of which have stuck with me over the *half a century* since I first read it. When the 'bad guy' in The Expanse starts hurling asteroids at earth, you can't help but think of this book. So, so far ahead of his time. ( )
  donblanco | Jan 4, 2021 |
"Revolutions are not won by enlisting the masses. Revolution is a science only a few are competent to practice. It depends on correct organization and, above all, on communications. Then at the proper moment in history, they strike. Correctly organized and properly timed, it is a bloodless coup. Done clumsily or prematurely and the result is civil war, mob violence, purges, terror" (76-77). ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
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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.
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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.
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We never did it that way again ... Alvarez was not a scientific detective.
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Winner of the 1967 Hugo award, this novel marked Heinlein's partial return to his best form. He draws many historical parallels with the War of Independence, and clearly shows his own libertarian political views. In what is considered one of his most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern Sci-Fi tells the strange story of an even stranger world--twenty-first century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans--a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But the problem with the inevitable is that it always happens.

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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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