The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
Robert A. Heinlein was the most influential science fiction writer of his era, an influence so large that, as Samuel R. Delany notes, "modern critics attempting to wrestle with that influence find themselves dealing with an object rather like the sky or an ocean." He won the Hugo Award for best novel four times, a record that still stands. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress was...more
One thing I noticed right off was the way the Loonies use language differently than people from earth do. In fact, it threw me at first -- I couldn't figure out what was going on or why the language was so rough and unpolished and choppy....more
It is a co...more
In this case there is a unitary theme about people in a colony (the Moon) who are being short-changed by their colonial masters and who realize that their only long-term hope is to "dissolve the political bonds which have conne...more
What I learned from this book:
1. History bends and melts over time.
2. The first AI we meet might not be intentional.
3. Throwing rocks can get serious over interplanetary distances.
4. There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.
It is written from the perspective of a citizen of Luna (the penal colony on the Moon) who was born there, so it takes a chapter or two to get used to the dialect he uses. It's really just abbreviated English with some Russian words and words from a few other languages.
I was immediately drawn in by Heinlein's...more
I've been a Heinlein fan since I read Have Space Suit—Will Travel as a young man. After which point I made an effort to read Heinlein as often as possible. What I found in his work was not only adventure and inventive situations but characters imbued with a sort of moral 'Rational Anarchy' that made...more
1) A radically forward-thinking visionary of libertarianism
2) A raging fascist, homophobe, and misogynist
3) Any point on the sociopolitical spectrum in between.
It'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 t...more
"Bob, this book's not so bad, but I felt it could have been so much better! OK, love the idea of the guy from Mars, wh...more
When I read this book the first time, I was an idealistic youth who believed that change was possible and worth fightin...more
As I mentioned with Asimov, I had been so (stupidly) looking forward to this book, planing to get more of Henlein. I'm not sure how I got the idea he was on ok guy - maybe I confused him with what I'd read by Aldiss, maybe it was still "The Door into Summer" (which I always confuse with Willis "TSNOTD" because I can't remember anything but the ingenius first chapter for which I bought Henlein's novel after years of searching -...more
When a rogue political prisoner and acedemic proves that the moon's resources are drying up and the populat...more
Enter Mannie, the one armed computer programmer, Prof, the aged but savvy professor and Wyoh, a political activist. These three, with the help of "Mike", a super-comput...more
While I thought the whole living on the moon thing was interesting (especially considering it was a formal penal colony) as was their mode of marriage (line marriage among others), nothing much happened.
That first 70 pages took place almost entirely inside a hotel room, and by the time I put the book down for good, they were...more
I hate, hate, HATE when the author kills of conveniently the Deus Ex Machina, because it could write hi into a corner and could create further frictions.
It is just lazy and stupid and even more, completely ruins the positive impression the book has created so far.
Heinlein is no stranger (pardon my pun) to strange writing and characters and interpretations. He likes himself some social engineering all righ...more
Robert A. Heinlein was the most influential science fiction writer of his era, an influence so large that, as Samuel R. Delany notes, "modern critics attempting to wrestle with that influence find themselves dealing with an object rather like the sky or an ocean." He won the Hugo Award for best novel four times, a record that still stands. "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" was the last of these Hugo-winning novels, and it is widely considered his finest work. It is a tale of revolution, of...more
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He set a high standard for science and engineering plausibility and helped to raise the genre's standards of literary quality. He was the first SF writer to break into mainstre...more