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The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
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Jul 24, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: scifi, drama
Read in July, 2012

There are two kinds of sci-fi; one, technological, where we extrapolate where technology will go; and two, sociological, where we imagine how that technology will change who we are. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is a classic example of the latter, a brilliant deconstruction of the art of revolution and political conspiracy, practically a handbook, with a little lesson in orbital mechanics and their military applications thrown in for free. It's more political science than science fiction, yet it's tense, fast-paced, complex yet gripping, taking us through massively-scoped scenarios of political and social control - very high-level concepts that somehow grab and hold your atention, getting you to learn as well in the process. Gradisil tried this and turned into a soap opera.
Unbelievably, this novel is almost half a century old; yet still fits perfectly with our world and times. I guess that's the hallmark of great sci-fi; for how long it can remain relevant. From the looks of it, TMIAHM can easily do its century.

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