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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

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The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

Le takes place one day when Mike the master computer who controls everything on Luna devises an intricate revolutionary plot w 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 of his career Heinlein seemed to espouse every possible viewpoint on religion government and gender relations obviously he liked to stick to small themes showing little tolerance for moderate opinions Without a blink of irony he also placed a premium on pragmatism And the balance of pragmatism and idealism or rather the illusion that the two can coexist effortlessly is what The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress is all about It is the story of a lunar colony s revolt in the same way that The Fountainhead is a book about architects an insulting comparison Heinlein s prose is significantly readable than Ayn Rand s You see it s really about libertarianism or as one of the book s heroes characterizes it rational anarchismSo a small group of revolutionaries attempts to liberate the moon from her Earthbound oppressors and institute a perfect anarcho syndicalist commune in their stead They set about doing this of course with the help of a sentient supercomputer They organize the people of Luna and succeed in overthrowing the existing government but in so doing upset the nations of Earth After all the moon has been shipping grain down to help feed Earth s starving masses so they re a little cranky when the Lunies threaten to cut off the supply you d be cranky living on 1800 calories a day too Coincidentally the ruling philosophy on Luna is the maxim TANSTAAFL There Ain t No Such Thing as a Free Lunch I mentioned that Heinlein was subtle rightSo they go to war and then in the novel s single biggest twist the computer doesn t turn evil I could hardly believe itAlthough the book is riddled with bizarre moments that nag one s attempts to suspend disbelief the most persistent being Mike the Computer s regular updates as to the revolutionaries probability of success which starts out at 17 and then as everything proceeds to go perfectly to plan drops to as low as 1100 in unapologetic defiance of all mathematical logic the plot s weaknesses don t matter Heinlein is a gifted novelist and a natural storyteller Even when the characters decide to take 10 pages off and simply talk politics for a while it s enthralling And talk politics they do No one flinches at the notion of attempting to institute a perfect democracy run entirely by a handful of exceptional individuals who themselves defer to the managerial expertise of a supercomputer no tyrannic potential there right Nor do they worry themselves with the philosophical contradiction of attempting to forge a pacifistic state by means of terrorism and interplanetary warfare those who raise the issue and thus violate Heinlein s worship at the Altar of Pragmatism are conveniently Roslined out of the nearest airlock it s okay they re wormy enough that you won t miss em But all of this simply serves to illustrate Heinlein s mastery of the ideological paradox He s than smart enough to recognize the inconsistencies of his own personal politics and to play with them to terrific effect Notably Heinlein did not self dentify with the majority of his protagonists Instead his Mary Sues are characters like Stranger in a Strange Land s Jubal Harshaw and in the case of The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress Professor Bernardo de la Harshaw er Paz They are cynical old men who are in novel after novel infallible brilliant well connected and almost disturbingly capableExit thought why is it that the computer that makes the revolution possible just happens to share its name with the superhuman hero of Stranger In a Strange Land both of whom disappear suddenly and inexplicably upon concluding their tasks

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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 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 prepared by the oppressed moon dwellers seems to take foreverEach successful book has its own audience or should I say readership Maybe only the hardcore sci fi crowd rated this beast of a bookMaybe the usual romance reading housewives had a hand in rating this book 4 or 5 stars but I can t see this happening I m amazed that I lasted that long


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 T

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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 hum

  3. says:

    “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

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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 of his career Heinlein seemed to espouse every possible viewpoint on religion government and gender relations

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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 comput

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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 not

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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 Mycroft Mike in this novel and Alexa This connection was reinforced when people kept asking Alexa to tell a j

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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 me

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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 Go

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    What do you want us to do Throw rocks at themNah but we could have a tea partyWow I'm still amazed at how good this Revolution novel has held up over the years I had read it twice before this latest re read but it hasn't lost any of its charmOf course I love Heinlein's heavy reliance on self reliance libertarianism and