The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

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Macmillan, Jun 15, 1997 - Fiction - 382 pages
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Robert A. Heinlein was the most influential science fiction writer of his era, an influence so large that, as Samuel R. Delany notes, "modern critics attempting to wrestle with that influence find themselves dealing with an object rather like the sky or an ocean." He won the Hugo Award for best novel four times, a record that still stands. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress was the last of these Hugo-winning novels, and it is widely considered his finest work.

It is a tale of revolution, of the rebellion of the former Lunar penal colony against the Lunar Authority that controls it from Earth. It is the tale of the disparate people--a computer technician, a vigorous young female agitator, and an elderly academic--who become the rebel movement's leaders. And it is the story of Mike, the supercomputer whose sentience is known only to this inner circle, and who for reasons of his own is committed to the revolution's ultimate success.

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is one of the high points of modern science fiction, a novel bursting with politics, humanity, passion, innovative technical speculation, and a firm belief in the pursuit of human freedom.

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is the winner of the 1967 Hugo Award for Best Novel.


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Not great writing, but fun writing full of ideas. - Goodreads
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This is my second Heinlein and I'm becoming a fan. It's surprisingly thought provoking, with one fan triggering considerations of how governments can and should work and another triggering thoughts on ... Read full review

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A great complement to The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism that I had recently read and that recommended The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. It meditates on much the same political ... Read full review

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Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) is widely acknowledged to have been the single most important and influential author of science fiction in the twentieth century. He won science fiction's Hugo Award for Best Novel four times, and in addition, three of his novels were given Retrospective Hugos fifty years after publication. He won Science Fiction Writers of America's first Grand Master Award for his lifetime achievement.

Born in Butler, Missouri, Heinlein graduated from the United States Naval Academy and served as an officer in the navy for five years. He started writing to help pay off his mortgage, and his first story was published inAstounding Science-Fiction magazine in 1939. In 1947, he published a story inThe Saturday Evening Post, making him the first science-fiction writer to break into the mainstream market. Long involved in politics, Heinlein was deeply affected by events such as the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Cold War, and his fiction tended to convey strong social and political messages. His many influential novels includeStarship Troopers,Stranger in a Strange Land,The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, andTime Enough for Love. At the time of his death in 1988, he was living in Carmel, California with his wife Virginia.

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