Moon Is Harsh Mistres

Moon Is Harsh Mistres

by Robert A. Heinlein


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ISBN-13: 9780425099247
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/01/1986
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Robert Anson Heinlein (1907-1988) was an American science-fiction writer. Often called the "dean of science fiction writers", he was an influential and controversial author of the genre in his time. Some of his most popular works include Glory Road, as well as his controversial bestsellers Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land, and the short story All You Zombies. Heinlein’s books were among the first works of science fiction to reach bestseller status in both hardcover and paperback.

Date of Birth:

July 7, 1907

Date of Death:

May 8, 1988

Place of Birth:

Butler, Missouri

Place of Death:

Carmel, California


Graduate of U.S. Naval Academy, 1929; attended University of California, Los Angeles, 1934, for graduate study in physic

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Moon Is Harsh Mistres 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Karlstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great story about a different way to settle the Moon. The Moon as a prison! Its a space settlement story and a commentary on society. Great stuff.
5hrdrive on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Took me almost four months of stop and start reading to finally finish. Loved the idea, but the oddball dialogue was way too ponderous.
andyray on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
usually almost always read others' reviews after i write mine as in many cases i will be a large minority if not large in a socratic sense, certainly in a white whale sort of way. i suspect somethinjg of this sort this time around as there are 64 reveiwers before me and a solid four star average. et's face it heinlein is not my favorite writer and, though he does do flavour to sharp plotting and decent characterizations, he just drags thikngs on too long. ow many times have you read I COULDNT PUT IT DOWN in a review.....well, my problem with this book is couldn't keep it in my hand. a novel this size shold take me no more than 3 days, tops. lhis took me more than a week. why then, you might ask, did you send for his humorous JOB to read ---well, i guess it is because i just can not forget the feelng i had when i closed the book of STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND back there in 1970 or so and we went around starry-eyed asking each other DO YOU GROK.
EmScape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
TANSTAAFL!The story of the Lunar Colony's fight for independance and recognition as a Free State is fraught with philosophy, politics, ballistics, and computer science as well as action. It's as nearly perfect a science fiction novel as one can get, with deep and dynamic characters, a captivating story line, and enough future history to keep one up several nights running scenarios. It is unfortunate that Terra is no closer to building a Lunar Colony today than in 1966 when this was written.
clong on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For me The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is Heinlein's best book. Don't read it if you are looking for profound insight into the human psyche, timely commentary on the challenges of developing artificial intelligence, or an inspiring vision of the future evolution of society. Do read this book if you are looking for an faced paced and entertaining story. The four protagonists who lead a lunar revolution are likable and sympathetic (if not particularly deep) characters. Mike, the newly self-aware supercomputer (whose top priority seems to be trying to understand humor), is a particularly intriguing character. Similarly the complex society envisioned for the lunar colony is fascinating but not really remotely likely. My biggest complaint is that I found Heinlein's habit of omitting the subject of sentances to be mildly irritating. I guess this was supposed to be moonspeak. But that is a minor quibble. Overall, this is a fun story which has influenced many later writers, and is definitely worth your time.
szarka on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Meet Mike, the most lovable computer in scifi. Join Mike and his friends as they take over the moon.