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The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress By Robert A. Heinlein Lloyd James The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress It is the year and the Moon is a penal colony for the rebellious and the unwanted of Earth The exiles have created a libertarian society in order to survive in their harsh and unforgiving enviro
  • Title: The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
  • Author: Robert A. Heinlein Lloyd James
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  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress By Robert A. Heinlein Lloyd James It is the year 2076, and the Moon is a penal colony for the rebellious and the unwanted of Earth The exiles have created a libertarian society in order to survive in their harsh and unforgiving environment, their motto being TANSTAAFL There ain t no such thing as a free lunch Looming over them is the Luna Authority, the heavy handed Earth administration, who trades liIt is the year 2076, and the Moon is a penal colony for the rebellious and the unwanted of Earth The exiles have created a libertarian society in order to survive in their harsh and unforgiving environment, their motto being TANSTAAFL There ain t no such thing as a free lunch Looming over them is the Luna Authority, the heavy handed Earth administration, who trades life necessities to the Loonies in exchange for grain shipments to the starving populations of Earth.As the situation steadily deteriorates the inhabitants of Luna come to realize that they have little choice but to revolt against Luna Authority in order to save themselves from resource exhaustion and a subsequent environmental apocalypse.A small band of dissidents emerges to lead the revolution This consists of a one armed computer jock, a radical young woman, a past his prime academic, and a nearly omnipotent computer named Mike These people ignite the fires of revolution, despite the near certainty of failure.
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    1. Robert A. Heinlein Lloyd James

      Robert Anson Heinlein was an American novelist and science fiction writer Often called the dean of science fiction writers , he is one of the most popular, influential, and controversial authors of hard science fiction 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 mainstream, general magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post, in the late 1940s He was also among the first authors of bestselling, novel length science fiction in the modern, mass market era.

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    1. TANSTAAFL There ain t no such thing as a free lunch.My 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 Mistress to ideology And just as The Fountainhead is the better, though less epic, of the pair with Atlas Shrugged, so is Moon is a Harsh Mistress, the focuse [...]


    2. do you play games where you know the outcome of the game itself is without question where any fun to be had is not so much in the winning that s predetermined but in figuring out how exactly you will win, what moves you will make, how you will overcome all those minor hurdles along the way that s sometimes how i feel when playing chess with some folks for me, it s not the most exciting thing in the world it s a little eye rolling i think others may have excitement when playing a game they know [...]


    3. 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 was 1 A radically forward thinking visionary of libertarianism2 A raging fascist, homophobe, and misogynist3 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 themes , [...]


    4. 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 joke While he helps the former convict Lunar settlers in a rebellion against Earth, MIke s obsession remains fixated on jokes and whether they are funny only once, in a given sit [...]


    5. What do you want us to do Throw rocks at them Nah, but we could have a tea party.Wow 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 charm.Of course, I love Heinlein s heavy reliance on self reliance, libertarianism, and TANSTAAFL I m lucky to have read him early so as to be fully indoctrinated in this gung ho politicism of Rational Anarchy and I can laugh and whoop and grin foolishly all [...]


    6. Very disappointing 2.5 it s not terrible, but it s weaker than books I award 3 , and I enjoyed it far less.I know of Heinlein as a sci fi author and had heard of some interesting language type things that make this novel unique, principally a Lunar dialect Although it s mostly set in a lunar prison colony, just over 100 years after it was written and 60 ahead of now , it s of a political story, and the Lunar dialect is just a slightly stilted pidgin whose most notable features are the omission [...]


    7. This is an excellent novel, action packed, exciting, and deftly plotted, with fascinating, complex characters and some interesting science fictional ideas I also enjoyed reading about Luna s culture I thought the marriage customs were particularly interesting.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 Eventu [...]


    8. thaki bilimkurgu klasiklerinin 10 kitab Y ld z Gemisi Askerleri ydi, 20 kitab da Ay Zalim bir Sevgilidir oldu, acaba 30 kitapta Yaban Diyardaki Yabanc m olacak diye d nmeden edemedim.Y ld z gemisi askerleri ile militarizm ile ba layan sava sorgulama bu kitapla birlikte daha farkl yanlardan bir sorgulamaya gidiyor.Hapishane olarak kullan lan Ay n Terra otoritesine kar ger ekle tirmeye al t devrim konu al n yor ancak kurgudan ok devri nas l yap l r k lavuzuydu ayn zamanda kad n erkek ili kileri, e [...]


    9. THIS REVIEW CONTAINS MULTIPLE HEINLEIN SPOILERSRobert Heinlein was a good friend of AI legend Marvin Minsky check out his people page It s interesting , and I ve heard that they often used to chat about AI, science fiction, and the connections between them Here s a conversation I imagine them having some time between 1961, when Stranger in a Strange Land was published, and 1966, when The Moon is a Harsh Mistress appeared Bob, this book s not so bad, but I felt it could have been so much better O [...]


    10. My first taste of Heinlein was Stranger in a Strange Land a few years back It was, in a word, bad So I gave up on Heinlein all together, figuring if his most famous and critically acclaimed book was no good, what chance did the others have This conviction was met with protests from Heinlein fans, saying I need to read some good Heinlein before making the call So I did, though it took me an unusually long time to finish I just couldn t get into it The characters were two dimensional and shared to [...]


    11. I read Stranger in a Strange Land twice I loathed it with a passion the first time I read it, sometimes in the Eighties I tried again in 2008 when it was a selection for one of my GoodReads groups I thought maybe I was missing something, so I decided to go for the re read It was just as awful the second time Because of my experience, I vowed I would never read Heinlein again Several people told me that Stranger in a Strange Land wasn t really his best work and that I should try The Moon Is a Har [...]



    12. I feel like I just took a psychedelic trip culturally through the 60s in a dream of the life in the future I found the book to be very reflective of the culture and philosophies of the 60s projected to the 2000s In some ways Heinlein was ahead of his time I found myself impressed with his treatment and characterization of the sentient AI There was a lot of unexpected philosophy in the storytelling where they are discussion the behaviors of crowds, and people and greed and motivations I thought h [...]


    13. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress Soap box on the MoonOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureHeinlein s libertarian creed is TANSTAAFL There ain t no such thing as a free lunch , and this book is probably the most complete expression of his political ideas about self government, attempts to empower women while still being incredibly sexist and condescending, and some pretty good hard SF extrapolation of what a moon colony s technology, politics and economy might be like Oh yeah, and there happens to [...]


    14. This is quite possibly Heinlein s most politically charged book People speak of Stranger in a Strange Land as being socially revolutionary, but this book is both that polygamous marriage to form extended families, murder generally allowed, but insults to women punishable by death and politically charged Libertarian, Libertarian, Libertarian, though not exactly that kind of loopy American Libertarian Party kind, but a kind based strictly on a dismantling of governmental power.It is a constant fl [...]


    15. Fantastic I won t be able to do this book justice in a review, but it really is one of the best I ve ever read The language is brilliant and makes you feel that you really are living on the moon The Loonies are interesting and the plot kept me completely absorbed and desperate to hear what happened next throughout One of the best revolutions I ve ever had the pleasure to read Highly recommended


    16. As cynical as I have become about revolutions, this novel managed to warm my heart This story about Loonies residents of Luna i.e the Moon rebelling against Earth government is so well written it is really a crime to miss it As a big a crime as not starting a revolution when revolution is due If you want to feed your inner rebel with a delicious story of lunar colony rebelling against mother Earth, then what are you waiting for If you re feeling philosophical, then this might be a good novel for [...]


    17. The opening chapter of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress presents an intriguing character study Mike is a computer who wants to grow up Mike doesn t understand humor or human nature but he wants to learn and he s got a willing teacher in the form of his assigned engineer, the clever but casual Mannie Sound interesting Do not get your hopes up DNGYHU Because this novel isn t about Mike s quest to make sense of humanity, it s about a libertarian revolution on the moon Liberty Economic freedom Extended [...]


    18. I ve read The Moon is a Harsh Mistress twice in twenty years Two decades between readings and it still holds up surprisingly well Heinlein s Lunar Revolution, his benevolent AI, Mycroft aka Mike , and Professor de la Paz s ideas for government were all exactly how I remembered them Yet I found that my favourite part of the rereading experience was the tale it told about me When I read this book the first time, I was an idealistic youth who believed that change was possible and worth fighting for [...]


    19. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress begins, promisingly enough, with a conversation between the sentient computer Mike and the mechanic Mannie, our protagonist, about the subjective and paradoxical nature of humor It then segues into a revolution whereby the Moon, a penal colony used primarily as a farm to grow wheat to feed Earth s beleaguered masses, attempts to become an independent state The revolution is planned and executed primarily by Mike, essentially an omniscient God, and everything which ca [...]


    20. My favorite Heinlein novel a great revolution story, a great AI story, and a great Hard Sci Fi, if the science in question is political 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.


    21. This is a classic SF story of the moon fighting for its independence from Earth, with a lot of parallels to the American Revolution Heinlein has a political conversation with himself here, definitely coming down on the side of Libertarianism, but also acknowledges points out the holes in his arguments himself I ve read some rants about Heinlein pushing his politics I disagree with them I think he s doing questioning than pushing that leads to some fun with the characters, especially Prof.Prof i [...]


    22. It didn t take me long to understand why this book received such acclaim and is still regarded as a classic The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is an emblem of political science fiction Robert Heinlein manages to take the idea of a penal colony on the moon and turn it into a romantic story of political revolution This is an idea that has been explored repeatedly since this novel was published, but those stories almost all owe a debt to this one.Manuel Manny Man O Kelly Davis is a computer repair techni [...]


    23. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress is like a comfortable old shoe I ve read the thing multiple times the first when I was maybe twelve or thirteen I know every nook and cranny of the book however, like an old shoe, it s no longer shiny and new it even stinks a little bit Fortunately, like an old shoe, it feels good reading it and that is enough.The story is about a handful of souls, well, really two Manuel a.k.a Man and Mike a.k.a Mycroft Holmes who are drawn into a rebellion against Earth What s neat [...]


    24. My favorite book by Robert Heinlein, and he wrote some good ones Like all Heinlein, this one is a page turner with lots of engrossing action Though we do get the standard Heinlein irascible opinionated character along with much political and social commentary, it s all integrated so seamlessly with the story, and is so clever and well written that we hardly notice we re being preached at The ideas and the technology are really fun I love the lineal marriages I totally want one.


    25. This is a classic SF story of the moon fighting for its independence from Earth, with a lot of parallels to the American Revolution Heinlein has a political conversation with himself here, definitely coming down on the side of Libertarianism, but also acknowledges points out the holes in his arguments himself I ve read some rants about Heinlein pushing his politics I disagree with them I think he s doing questioning than pushing that leads to some fun with the characters, especially Prof.Prof i [...]


    26. 4.5My first experience of Heinlein hadn t been the best I did appreciate Starship Troopers, but didn t love it This is not the case with this novel far from it.Where to start There is So much What seems at first a straightforward science fiction story is in fact a mixture of different genres, combining revolution, politics, philosophy, adventure and suspense, all this seasoned with historical, scientific and literary references, especially from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle With so many elements, the w [...]


    27. Se or a Anarquista del Futuro Cuando vaya usted a rebelarse contra la tiran a de la Tierra para liberar la Luna acu rdese de este libro, que le dar todas las claves necesarias para montar una Revoluci n como Dios o Lenin manda.Eso s , esp rense a tener un ordenador superinteligente con conciencia de s mismo para poder tener xito.Heinlein cuenta aqu una historia universal la rebeli n del pueblo contra la tiran a, la lucha para conseguir esa utop a y los problemas para mantenerla una vez que lo co [...]


    28. An anatomy of a revolution19 November 2012 Some have suggested that this is one of Heinlein s most political books, and while it this is only the forth that I have read so far, I am probably not that inclined to agree While it was much better than Podkayne of Mars, it was pretty much on par with Stranger in a Strange Land the other one I read was Starship Troopers In a way, one could say that this novel is an anatomy of a revolution, in the same what that Stranger in a Strange Land is an anatomy [...]


    29. I once believed humans would have to become self aware conscious or enlightened to become a Type One spacefaring civilization As if civilizations need to curb fossil fuel use or other rare resources early enough to turn them towards space travel, instead of one use coffee cups I boiled that down to humans will become conscious or die I reduced that to, humans probably go extinct, with a nod to George Carlin.This book is slightly interesting than watching smart people chat philosophy on the inte [...]


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