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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein

This week I decided to go old school.  There is a lot to be said for reaching back into the past and maybe even finding the origin of some familiar story lines.  We have a lot to be thankful for from such authors as Robert Heinlein  who were the pioneers of modern science fiction literature.

Even though this book has a definite 'pulp' feel to it, it goes well beyond the usual 'pulp' science fiction.  This is one of the earliest examples of "hard science fiction" I have run across.  Admittedly it is only hard science fiction in relative to the time it was written.  There are many descriptions of technologies that are either outdated or science went a completely different way than the author predicted.  I did think that, with some subtle tweaking, the story could be adapted to the screen.  The largest problem it would have is being compared to the Expanse Series.  It would be a bit unfair since this book precedes that series by decades.  This just goes to prove that this book and those like it have inspired much of what we read today.

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress does not rely only on the science or even the setting to entertain the reader. The overarching plot is well supported by a cast of characters.  It contains many of the same archetypes that are the staple of many stories.   There is political intrigue of a sort but, it is not quite as heavy as something like A Game of Thrones.  It is interesting enough to keep the narrative moving and interesting.

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein is tour through what our past thought our future would be.  If you look past some of the misplaced tech and period speech patterns you will find a great story and an unique glimpse into what might be.  There is no real rough language to speak of but, there is some mature subject matter that earns this one a mild PG13.




Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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