Tuesday, January 25, 2005

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress- Robert Anson Heinlein

This is a story with all the grandeur of revolution and Nationbuilding! Originally publishedin 1965 and 1966 in a short version in "Worlds of If" Magazine. The edition I have is the Berkely Science fiction release in 1986. The novel is socially experimental and offers many intriguing ideas. I highly recommend this book!

Rating - @@@@@ +@!

4 Comments:

Blogger George F said...

Also for those inclined to revolution, there's no better primer for that particular vocation. I agree, a well written and enjoyable book. It helps to have a friend that speaks Russian so he can explain some of the words.

11:19 PM  
Blogger Tom Stormcrowe said...

Thanks George for your comment! You are the first! I agree about the Russian help BTW, I didn't understand some of the humor in the dialogue til I was exposed to the russian language myself.....Dasvidanya, droog!

8:15 AM  
Blogger howard ladd said...

The thing about Heinlen's story is his usage of an emerging, self-aware AI named Mike. How he shows the conditions for Mike's emergence, (ie)more, and more programs with decison-making capeabilities being loaded into one ultra complex main computer until it becomes aware of both itself and of the technichian who handles the computer maintence for the moon's Administrator. This to me, becomes the story within a atory which sets up the whole novel. I think that it is the glue that holds the whole story togeather and allows Heinlen to go where he wants during the storys development. I know that I was so caught up in the story that when Mike became silent at the end of the story and Heinlen's scene where Manny is wondering about Mike ; affected me quite strongly.

1:41 AM  
Blogger Tom Stormcrowe said...

Howard, Heinleins stories hooked me with that same kind of deal, as with the silent mike ending. BTW, Rumour has it that there is a movie treatment on "The Moon Is a Harsh MIstress"! I hope so and also hope they don't mangle it like so many other fine science fiction stories have been! If so, it will be the third Heinlein book to be Movie-ized! The first was "Destination: Moon, based on "Rocket Ship Galileo". You of course know about "Starship Troopers"( They could've done that one better, grumble, mumble!)

12:12 PM  

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