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Le takes place one day when Mike the master computer who controls everything on Luna devises an intricate revolutionary plot w. Imagine a prison colony on the MoonNow add a new and updated twist on the American war of independenceA self aware computer that actually runs the colonyA non political computer engineerA beautiful freedom fighterA politically cynical professor The birth of a new nationAnd you have one of the best hard science fiction tales ever image Prison HistoryMy Grandfather Stone claimed that Luna was only open prison in history No bars no guards no rules and no need for them Back in early days he said before was clear that transportation was a life sentence some lags tried to escape By ship of course and since a ship is mass rated almost to a gram that meant a ship s officer had to be bribedSome were bribed they say But were no escapes man who takes bribe doesn t necessarily stay bribed I recall seeing a man just after eliminated through East Lock don t suppose a corpse eliminated in orbit looks prettier Slaves of the systemThat we were slaves I had known all my life and nothing could be done about it True we weren t bought and sold but as long as Authority held monopoly over what we had to have and what we could sell to buy it we were slavesBut what could we do Warden wasn t our owner Had he been some way could be found to eliminate him But Lunar Authority was not in Luna it was on Terra and we had not one ship not even small hydrogen bomb There weren t even hand guns in Luna though what we would do with guns I did not know Shoot each other maybeThree million unarmed and helpless and eleven billion of them with ships and bombs and weapons We could be a nuisance but how long will papa take it before baby gets spanked A computer with a sense of humor Mike her name is Wyoming Knott I m very pleased to meet you Mike You can call me Wye Why not Mike answeredI cut in again Mike was that a joke Yes Man I noted that her first name as shortened differs from the English causation inuiry word by only an aspiration and that her last name has the same sound as the general negator A pun Not funny Wyoh said uite funny Mike I I waved to her to shut up A good pun Mike Example of funny only once class of joke Funny through element of surprise Second time no surprise therefore not funny Check I had tentatively reached that conclusion about puns in thinking over your remarks two conversations back I am pleased to find my reasoning confirmed How to deal with a spyThe thing to do with a spy is to let him breathe encyst him with loyal comrades and feed him harmless information to please his employers These creatures will be taken into our organization Don t be shocked they will be in very special cells Cages is a better word But it would be the greatest waste to eliminate them not only would each spy be replaced with someone new but also killing these traitors would tell the Warden that we have penetrated his secrets How to fight backLet s get back to the basic problem how we are to cope when we find ourselves facing Terra David facing Goliath Oh Been hoping that would go away Mike You really have ideas I said I did Man he answered plaintively We can throw rocks Bog s sake No time for jokes But Man he protested we can throw rocks at Terra We will And throw rocks is what they doA space war with rocks Enjoy

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Ith the help of a professor a beautiful blonde and a jack of all trades The conspirators' plans go along beautifully for a whi. If you re into stuff like this you can read the full reviewOn How to Spin a Top Notch Yarn of Bullshit The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A HeinleinThe usual pretty crude pneumatic sex fantasies cropped up But women actually have a pretty dominant role in Heinlein s lunar society It s a penal colony and Heinlein reckons that means there are going to be far fewer women then men there so he s come up with a system called line marriage wherein a few women in a household share numerous husbands And the head of the household is a woman and women call the shots Meanwhile outside the home women are treated with far respect than they are on earth because they are so rare and precious Obviously he s not going to get any badges from feminists but he does at least ask a few interesting uestions about the way women were viewed in his own worldThe characters explicitly reject using patriotism as a method to revolution I think that Prof De La Paz s rational anarchism is also expressed by Jubal Harshaw in Stranger though not in as straightforward a manner Both seem to say that it s not that hard to figure out what ideal behavior should be but expecting actual live humans to live up that is impossible After accepting that point they both want to move on Yep humans are hypocritical and sometimes hard to live with What of it The other big point of this is that only the direst situation near term cannibalism here justifies butting into other people s business Sadly this attitude is pretty rare today The characters explicitly reject using patriotism as a method to revolution If you re into SF read on

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Luna of the 21st century is a penal colony where everyone lives under the dictatorship of the hated Authority But the inevitab. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress what a title sometimes I wonder if this book is considered such a classic in large part due to that title Despite some imperfections it does have much to offer especially being published in the mid 1960 s The setting revolves around a former Lunar penal outpost which has evolved into a highly functioning colony with ice mining and successful grain farming The colony is tightly managed by the Lunar Authority which is controlled from Earth Set in the later 21st century Heinlein imagines an intriguing future publicizing some groundbreaking technology and ideas We not only have sentient computers rail guns fusion power space battles with laser guns we also have a Lunar dialect uniue family and marital structures and different social norms sprung out of living in a harsh and compact environment After establishing this future the book explores a lunar revolution Take the American Revolution narrative mix it with the Australian evolution from a penal colony to an independent nation stir in some libertarian ideology and you have the plotWhen I first read this book in the mid 1980 s it was later high school or early college years I can t uite remember I was astonished by the concepts in this book I was intrigued by the sentient computer and the concept of using a rail gun for space travelsupply logistics Moreover It was the first time I was truly interested in politics and political principles I mean I had some lessons in high school around government but I found it mind numbingly boring This book triggered something intellectually that made me think deeply about government philosophy Since then I ve considered the book one of my favorite science fiction books if not overall favorite books So I almost regret this reread afterwards as I just couldn t ignore some of its flawsThe primary issue with this book is sexism I m sure at the time of its writing it was probably considered progressive in terms of how it treated female characters I mean one of the central figures of the revolt is a woman And the women on the moon control large extended families with polygamous relationships Women are revered and sexual advances are not allowed without permission Advanced thinking for the early 1960 s right Well unfortunately you only need to go one step deeper to dig down to the issues Women are only revered and not touched or raped due to their scarcity The constant threat of other males tossing violators out an airlock is what creates this situation It s still socially acceptable to catcall and ogle women and in this reality women enjoy this type of lecherous attention because they don t have to worry about rape While one of the central characters is one of four founding members of the revolution her role is often to gain interest and support due to her attractiveness And when miners are reluctant to main defensive laser positions the solution is to provide pretty women at the posts as well problem solved Another issue includes a tremendous amount of exposition It does help that its written in first person so at least the infodumps are coming from the mind of the protagonist instead of an anonymous narrator The exposition also serves to move the plot along uickly at times when complex setting political and technical information needs to be established However it did limit my enjoyment to continuously run into large blocks of narration Despite these flaws it s still an important book Using science fiction to explore political affairs and alternate social structures set a foundation that many future authors built upon Might we not have The Handmaids Tale without this book Possibly Was it brave in the 1960 s to explore alternate social structures such as polygamy Definitely Did the book popularize some intriguing concepts such as the importance of the moon s weak gravity well sentient computers and rail guns Absolutely In the context of history I still rate this book highly However I feel compelled to take away at least half a star in recognizing some underlying issues TANSTAAFL Four and a half stars rounded up to five for this Hugo Award winning philosophical yet action packed tale


10 thoughts on “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

  1. says:

    TANSTAAFL There ain't no such thing as a free lunchMy three favorite books of all time are in no order Heart of Darkness The Dispossessed and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress When I first read this years ago I loved it I could not put it down As Stranger in a Strange Land was a Robert A Heinlein vehicle for theology so is Moon is a Harsh Mistr

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    Space camp prison fun time So we have AI use of food as a weapon of war philosophy how probability influences human decisions and satirizing statistics rebellion how to treat colonies right or wrong and what true independence means with many side blows on history emancipation by imbalance of sex ratio that enables women to be powerful and what kind of family models form out of this new situation and as always in Heinle

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    “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” – what a title sometimes I wonder if this book is considered such a classic in large part due to that title Despite some imperfections it does have much to offer especially being published in the mid 1960’s The setting revolves around a former Lunar penal outpost which has evolved into a highly functi

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    Ah Heinlein SF's great paradox artist I am fairly certain that I have personally held every possible wrong viewpoint on the man Namely that he was1 A radically forward thinking visionary of libertarianism2 A raging fascist homophobe and misogynist3 Any point on the sociopolitical spectrum in betweenIt's not my fault Over the course

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    Imagine a prison colony on the MoonNow add a new and updated twist on the American war of independenceA self aware computer that actually runs the colonyA non political computer engineerA beautiful freedom fighterA

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    do you play games where you know the outcome of the game itself is without uestion where any fun to be had is no

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    One of the presents for my mother this Christmas was an Echo Alexa Having recently reread Robert Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress I couldn't stop thinking about the parallels between the awakened computer My

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    If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewOn How to Spin a Top Notch Yarn of Bullshit The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A HeinleinThe usual pretty crude pneumatic sex fantasies cropped up But women actually have a pretty dominant role in Heinlein's lunar society It's a penal colony and Heinlein reckons that means there are going to be far fewer women then men there so he's come up with a s

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    DNFed it at 55 % or so I can't believe that this difficult to read and difficult to follow story is so highly rated on GoodreadsThe story is so painstakingly revealed yet there are uestions than answers The coup pr

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    What do you want us to do? Throw rocks at them?Nah but we could have a tea partyWow I'm still amazed at how good this Revolution novel has held