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The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress

Robert A. Heinlein

Reviewed by Lorenzo Princi
The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
Cover concept by Lorenzo Princi, 10th June 2013

Mike, a Thinkum Dinkum super computer which runs pretty much every digital process across the Moon colony has become self aware, artificially intelligent and lonely. One of Mike's technicians Mannie befriends the lonesome computer and they form a relationship, as jokes, etiquette and human conduct are amusingly explained.

When this odd couple become involved in an anti-authority uprising against the Earth bound government, something akin to a Union story emerges. As the worker's across the colony, made up of convicts, and lower working class men and women begin to rally behind the mysterious figurehead Adam Selene (actually Mike) it isn't long before an all out revolution is in order.

A very unique Sci-Fi novel which takes a little bit of work to get used to, especially it's moon colony dialect. Not as quick as Starship Troopers to dive into action, nor as philosophical as Stranger In a Strange Land; The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is and intriguing look at revolution set in a very detailed and imaginative future. Classic Science Fiction.