|Plot Summary of The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress|
|"A small group of humans and a computer start a revolution on Luna against Earth. It paralells the American Revolution (except it's fun because it's sci-fi)"
Brittany Wallace, Resident Scholar
|"The descendants of convicts exiled to the moon build a political/military force using what's available to fight from independence from an oppressive Earth government. They have the help of a special friend, an aware computer named Mike! This is an excellent book, written in the 'old days,' when honor and duty meant something."
Bob Hartle, Resident Scholar
|"Citizens of the Moon, used as a penal colony, struggle for freedom from Earth's control. The unusual setting allows a fascinating visualization of a truly free people and society and how beneficial that would be. This book won the Hugo for Best SF Novel."
Dan Starr, Resident Scholar
|"In the future, the moon is a prison colony; full of the decendants of both violent or political prisoners. Because prisoners are usually men, the women have all the social power and usually have several husbands. The main characters plan and execute a revolution with the help of the first self-aware computer. Since prisoners have no weapons, they need to find a way to fight back against the United Nations and all the armies of the Earth in order to win their freedom. This is a great book!"
Sean Gutman, Resident Scholar
|"A revolution aided by self aware computer. Very well written."
Philip A. Petmecky, Resident Scholar
|"The moon has been used as a slave colony for generations, and although many of the residents are technically free, the society is not. Manuel O'Kelly, Wyoming Knott, Professor Bernardo de la Paz, and Mike the sentient computer work together to foment a revolution and then form a new, free society."
Ivy, Resident Scholar
|"In the late 21st century, the Moon (Luna) is a penal colony, with an overpopulated Earth taking the fruits of the "Loonies" hard work. Three people and a superintelligent computer plan a revolution to overthrow the authority imposed on them by earth-bound rulers. Full of wry humor and political intrigue; good not only for science fiction lovers but also political thriller lovers as well."
Harry Thomas, Resident Scholar
|"A lunar colony, built by repressive governments of earth, is used to store, in perpetuity, the misfits and criminals, who decide to rebel, modeling their rhetoric and their war on the American Revolution."
Travis J.I. Corcoran, Resident Scholar
|"Manuel Garcia O'Kelly, a freelance engineer/handyman on Luna in 2075, is a descendant of convicts, as are nearly all inhabitants of the moon. "Man" discovers that the supercomputer that runs most systems on the moon for the Federation Authority, the dictatorial corporate government of Luna, has achieved sentient intelligence, so he calls him Mike (for Mycroft Holmes). Man's old professor, Bernardo de la Paz, and a small band of revolutionaries, decide to overthrow the Authority, with Mike's unseen assistance. This entails a trip to Earth by Manual and the Prof, in the hope of enlisting allies, as well as preparing to bombard Earth with rock canisters and defend Luna from terrestrial counterattack. This 1966 libertarian classic won Heinlein a Hugo award."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|"This is a story about insurgency and revolution set on Luna, Earth's satellite. The main character, Manuel Garcia O'Kelly, is a computer technician, "a general specialist" he calls himself, as he an on-call grasp of arcane subjects relating to the digital omnipresence (such as physics, electronics and micro-machining).
On his way home one evening, as a favour for his computer 'friend' Mike, he checks out a political rally which gets raided by state troops. With "Loonies" forbidden any armaments, mayhem and murder ensues but "Man" escapes, as do the two other main characters Wyoming ("Wye")Knott and the academic Professor Bernardo de la Paz.
This triumvirate spend much of the first half of the novel discussing and planning rebellion. Following a gang rape and slaughter of a civilian by six troopers, Professor la Paz, the intellectual motive force, signals the time for the revolution."
Tamaal Ghosh, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress|
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Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 30%
Tone of book
- very upbeat
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Political power play
- overthrowing govt/kingdom
Repressive society story
- strict rationing of freedoms/goods
Robots, Computers, VR
Robot, PC, VR Plotlets:
- good computer AI
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Who's a slave/repressed?
- humans are slaves of other humans
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
- Smarter than most other characters
- an organization
- politician/elected ruler
- Planet surface, need spacesuit
- Domed/Underground City
- Earth's Moon
Planet outside solar system?
Not Earth, in Solar System?
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- a moderate amount of scientific explanation
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references only
How much dialogue?
- significantly more dialog than descript