The Moon is a Harsh Mistress January 12, 2008Posted by Joe in Book notes, science fiction.
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The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein.
It is always odd to read old science fiction. The anachronisms in the projected future are always interesting. in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (TMHM) (published in 1966) Heinlein imagines a future with space travel and lunar colonies and yet the phones on the moon are not wireless; the computers are mainframes, a small number of large computers instead of the swarm of tiny computers that is becoming our present.
In TMHM the central computer (later named Mike) that runs most everything on the lunar colony gains consciousness and aids in the liberation of the colonies from thei Earthly rulers. Both story lines are intriguing, but I would have loved to have read more about how Mike’s consciousness developed and changed throughout the story. Often in the book we know little of what Mike is thinking or doing and when we do our experience is always outside looking in at him.
The book is written from the perspective of citizen of Luna the moon colony. It is written from the first person in a colloquial manner which at first made it difficult to read. Missing words are common which gives the entire story an atmosphere of rushing and I often found it speeding my reading up, sometimes out pacing my ability to follow the story.
If you are interested in “golden age” SF I highly recommend this. It is the best Heinlein I have read.