The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

by Robert A. Heinlein

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Book 8 of 25 in the The Top 25 Science Fiction Books
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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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Won 1 awards in total

Hugo
1967

Nominated 2 times in total

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1966

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4 comments
Lensman | 2015-05-26 07:19:40
Heinlein's finest work. The book that won him his fourth (a record that still stands, i believe) Hugo. I've read it several times since it first appeared.
Anonymous | 2015-08-22 12:57:13
Reading this book changed my life when I was young.
marie ann | 2015-12-26 07:26:07
I have read this so long ago I had forgotten the premise. I like the author very much. Been reading scifi for half a century. The newer authors lack skill when characters and stories resort to bad language and bloody details.
Anonymous | 2017-09-22 04:56:37
Just read it. an absorbing world and a fascinating political theory that entertains and educates on many levels. They just don't write em like this anymore.
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