“The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
Ok so the moon is a penal colony. Not again right? But wait, this novel was written in 1967, so this concept must’ve been unique at the time. Well this is a novel about revolution in space. One of the main characters is Mike, a super powerful computer that has gained ‘consciousness and builds up a friendship with the non-stupid computer technician Manuel. It’s about politics as much as it is ‘sci-fi’. It moves very fast and is written in a fast-moving style and you have little chance to admire the scenery. Heinlein is about the action!
I really enjoyed this book. I have read many books about the moon being a penal colony and how their is friction between the earthworms (people from Earth) and the Loonies (people from the Moon), but this is the 1st one I’ve read that takes you through a revolution of independence.
Also, look at these awards:
- Hugo Award for Best Novel (1967)
- Nebula Award Nominee for Best Novel (1966)
- Prometheus Hall of Fame Award (1983)
I’ve read a few of these SF Masterworks but so far this is the most engaging one, compared to The Doomed City, and The Gods Themselves. I really enjoy the title too. I think this was one of the main reasons I initially was drawn to this book; never underestimate the power of a catchy title.
Rating: ★★★★★ Book #54 in my My 2019 Reading Challenge
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