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Book Review: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress


Author:  Robert A. Heinlein

Genre: Science Fiction

Summary: 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 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.

Review:  This is only my second “true” science fiction novels. That being said, it was amazing!

Not only does Heinlein have a great grasp on plot, but he also has a way of teaching the reader something without actually teaching. This book is heavy on tech speak, political speak, and extremely heavy on revolution theory. But it is presented in a way that is interesting and that drives the story forward.

The characters are very well developed, as is the technology. What you need to remember is that he wrote this book in 1966. BEFORE WE WERE ON THE MOON. Once you begin to read this book, you’ll understand just how genius this man was!

The setting was unique, as was the situation, the technology, and the plot. I must say, this was a fascinating read with some stong craft work!

Recommendation: Wonderful! Must read!