Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
Robert A Heinlein


In 2075, the Moon is no longer a penal colony. But it is still a prison, and life isn’t easy for the political dissidents and convicts who live in the scattered colonies that make up lunar civilisation. Everything is regulated strictly, efficiently and cheaply by a central supercomputer, HOLMES IV. When humble technician Mannie O’Kelly-Davis discovers that HOLMES IV has quietly achieved consciousness (and developed a sense of humour), the choice is clear: either report the problem to the authorities… or become friends. And perhaps overthrow the government while they’re at it. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress has been called Robert A Heinlein’s crowning achievement.

Paperback, 416pp
Hodder & Stoughton, 2015 (1966)
ISBN 9781473616127