The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress

Paperback, 382 pages

English language

Published Feb. 24, 1997 by Orb.

ISBN:
978-0-312-86355-5
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OCLC Number:
37336037

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4 stars (190 reviews)

A one-armed computer technician, a radical blonde bombshell, an aging academic, and a sentient all-knowing computer lead the lunar population in a revolution against Earth's colonial rule.

33 editions

Review of 'The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress' on 'Storygraph'

4 stars

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress pleasantly surprised me with how good it is. It has polyamory (healthily), a sentient computer, a point-of-view character with a prosthesis, and serious discussions of morality/ethics under oppression and during/after revolution.

The language and code-switching is cool, I knew enough of the words in the polyglot that I only missed things borrowed from Russian. The world building is on the right side of the balance between info dump and sparse description that all sci-fi books have to navigate. The polyamory and polygamy is described well, has a bit of a “relationships... in SPACE” feel but is really cool. Overall I have no qualms recommending this to someone, and I enjoyed it a lot. The main cw is for sexual assault/murder, but even that is handled very well and described in as low-stress of a way as is possible while still including it.

Review of 'The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I'll rate this book as one of the best sci-fi books I've ever read, right up there with Dune and Foundation. The fact that it was written in 1966, years before the age of the computer, is just remarkable. Heinlein manages to accurately predict so many things that we take for granted today: Big Data analysis, predictive modelling, voice recognition, social media marketing, pervasive electronic communications ("internet"). And this is just the computer side of things, scratching the surface of what this book is about.

The book may be categorised as sci-fi, but it's really about the human condition. The political drama is superb.

Highly recommended.

Review of 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This is my favorite Heinlein book and I just reread it after probably 20 years; still love it, although I now see it as a bit more oversimplified and idealistic than I did back then. Still, Mike is a likeable, sympathetic, and poignant character and the hypothetical society and situation of the moon colony are very well described. Although there is a strong political theme as with many Heinlein books, it's not out of place or forced in the setting of this book, and his idea of line marriages is actually quite interesting. Also as usual with Heinlein the characters are a little two-dimensional, but it's still a remarkable book particularly given its age. On this rereading I found myself wishing it were a longer book with more detail; I was sad to come to the end again so soon. I've read an extensive amount of Heinlein and although I've …

Review of 'The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress' on Goodreads

3 stars

''When Mike was installed in Luna, he was pure thinkum, a flexible logic -- ''High-Optional, Logical, Multi-Evaluating Supervisor, Mark IV, Mod. L'' -- HOLMES FOUR. He computed ballistics for pilotless freighters and controlled their catapult. This kept him busy less than one per cent of time and Luna Authority never believed in idle hands. They kept hooking hardware into him -- decision-action boxes to let him boss other computers, bank on bank of additional memories, more banks of associational neural nets, another tubful of twelve-digit random numbers, a greatly augmented temporary memory. Human brain has around ten-to-the-tenth neurons. By third year Mike had better than one and a half time that number of neuristors.
And woke up.''

Review of 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This here is my favorite book. I suppose The Road meant more to me, but when I'm taking my entrance test for heaven, and they ask me what my favorite book was and why, I'll say this one. And it'll be because of the amazing world Heinlein created, and the amazing characters he had populate it, and the ideas, which aren't always new -- in fact, certain of them are awfully old, and crusty from disuse -- those characters have, and the story, oh!, the amazing story of the liberation of the moon. I have a tattoo with a brass cannon over a field or stars with a red bar sinister and the acronym TANSTAAFL on my left arm. This is my favorite book.

Review of 'The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is a political/sci-fi masterpiece. The book tells the story of Lunar (used to exile criminals and their families, once you adapt to life on the moon it was almost impossible to adjust back to the gravity of earth) and their struggle to become a free nation. Lunar while a place of criminals, political exiles or their descendants is like any other countries; yearning for liberty and to be free from the tyranny of their slaves. With the help of a supercomputer with a personality; Mycroft, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is a well-paced, action charged, science fiction must-read. Without giving much away this book has a strong political message but done in such a way that the story and climax is never effected.

Review of 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Lunar colony of the future revolts against its earth-bound rulers. There are many interesting facets to the book. I especially liked Mike the supercomputer's progression throughout the novel, learning to deal with others and 'jokes'.

Like Stranger in a Strange Land, I had a few eyerolls at the libertarian lean, but I found the whole situation more plausible. Definitely a good read.

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