Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Book Review: The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress- by Robert A. Heinlein

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Having enjoyed Starship Troopers so much earlier this summer, I had a hard time waiting to read another science fiction book by Robert A. Heinlein. I had read elsewhere that this book is often considered his pinnacle (at least among his Hugo award winners). The book was good, but I did not like it more than Starship Troopers. Overall, as a futuristic book it is probably more realistic since it focuses on an underground Moon colony. The group of protagonists is an interesting mix of characters that are so diverse it makes the book enjoyable because it is easy to find someone to relate to. Of course, being a sci-fi novel so close to home (in time and space) it fell short on it predictions in several ways. I don't think Heinlein foresaw how advanced and all-pervasive computers would become because the main character that is a computer in many ways pales compared to what we can do today (except of course for the AI and the understanding of jokes). The book is about the Moon colony starting a revolution for independence from the Earth, but focused a little too much on the politics of the situation for my taste. Still it was a good book and it is no surprise that this one was an award winner too.

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