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A The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

Robert A. Heinlein

"We proceed down the path marked by his ideas. He shows us where the future is." Nowhere is this more true than in Heinlein's gripping tale of revolution on the moon in 2076, where "Loonies" are kept poor and oppressed by an Earth-based Authority that turns huge profits at their expense. A small band of dissidents, including a one-armed computer jock, a radical young woman, a past-his-prime academic and a nearly omnipotent computer named Mike, ignite the fires of revolution despite the near certainty of failure and death. 

The Hugo Award-winning classic that helped launch modern libertarianism, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress is Heinlein's unforgettable tale of a Lunar revolution in 2076. Led by a one-armed computer technician, a radical blonde bombshell, an aging academic, and a sentient, all-knowing computer, the revolution's proclamation--"TANSTAAFL" (There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch)--remains a slogan of the libertarian movement today. 

The winner of four Hugo Best Novel Awards--a record that still stands--Robert A. Heinlein was the greatest science fiction writer of his era. His bestselling Stranger in a Strange Land was one of the biggest cult books of the century. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress tells an unforgettable tale of a Lunar revolution in 2076--led by a one-armed computer technician, an aging academic, and a sentient all-knowing computerhere are some books that have achieved the status of being a classic without anyone being able to satisfactorily explain why the work demands to be read.

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This is the best Heinlein book ever. I've read it about 50 times, and I could pick it up again right now and read it again with as much fascination as ever. This is truly essential Heinlein. It's written in a little different style than his other books, with its own slang language. All the characters are interesting, and there are interesting twists here and there. It ties in with 'The Cat Who Walks Through Walls', 'To Sail Beyond The Sunset' and covers the early years of Hazel Stone from 'The Rolling Stones'.

In my opinion, this is not only Robert Heinlein's best book, but (or perhaps therefore) it's also one of the best of all time. The sentient supercomputer Mike works with Manuel, his technician, toward Lunar independence. Amid the intriguing politics and innovative rebel tactics, readers will get a healthy dose of comedy as Mike stumbles along the way to sapience. Buy this book and read it. You'll love it.

This is a great book that has Heinleins usual 3d characters, in addition to his arresting storyline. This is, in my opinion the best book Heinlein ever wrote. I prefer it to his others, partially because of his liberatarian philosophy intersperced throughout the novel, and partially because I think their is more of an emphasis on plot than in other books, while still keeping unique and well devolped characters.

As for those who object to this book on grounds that is sexist, it is no more so than any other book Heinlein wrote. Granted that may be too much for some, but I generally find that while I may inwardly role my eyes occasionally while reading Heinlein, it doesn't get in the way of my overall enjoyment.

As for all you intellectual snobs out there who object to this book on the basis of the use of pronouns, or lack thereof, I would like to ask you- politely- to go get a life, and when you have done that, come back and re-read this book. Not liking this book because it doesn't meet your ever-so-high grammatical standards, is just pathetic.

Unlike some of his later novels, Heinlein is able to unobtrusively place his politics throughout the storyline, so that it doesn't get "preachy." And even if you disagree with the political ideas of libretarian, you may even find yourself changing them! (I know of at least one occasion of this happening.) But even if you don't, the overall storyline of a lunar revolution is very compelling.

Another interesting part to this book is the idea of a sentient computer. It's almost like- as another reviewer noted- HAL 9000 turned good. the computer, Mike, is really funny, and it is cool to watch him "grow up" as the novel progresses.

I would, however have to agree that the ending was somewhat anticlimaxic, almost as if the author wasn't quite sure how to end it. However, even that wasn't too bad, and taken as a whole, this is one of the greatest classic science fiction novels ever written. A must read for all.