Robert Heinlein’s 1966 classic novel The moon is a cruel mistress, explores the idea of a lunar colony declaring independence from Earth. Author of science fiction Anthony Ha find the book fun and exciting to read.
“All the details of how these different cells of the revolution actually come together – it’s all really interesting and he just explains it so clearly and he has this real story,” Ha said in Episode 516 of Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “In the end, there are these great battles, and I think he writes battles indisputably, like everyone in science fiction. So the whole book reads incredibly fast. ”
Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy the host David Bar Kurtley agrees that Heinlein is a naturally born narrator. “He’s a very attractive writer,” Kurtley said. “You can see why he stormed the pulp magazines when he showed up. He attracted a lot of fans and supporters and I can see that. I fully understand why you will be fascinated by his intelligence and talent. “
The moon is a cruel mistress, which depicts a lunar society without laws or government, is an inspiration to many young libertarians. Political journalist Robbie Soave I enjoyed the mix of science fiction and politics in the book. “I feel that if you describe it – exactly – as a catapult-building instruction manual, crossed with a libertarian manifesto / sale, it would repel everyone,” he said. “But the book is really good, even though it’s a lot about those two things. This is a very fair introduction to our philosophy, with some really juicy sci-fi stuff. ”
Unfortunately, one aspect of the novel that dates badly is its stereotypical view of gender roles. Professor of Science Fiction Lisa Jasek he was initially intrigued by the lead female role in the book Wyoming Knot and was disappointed that the protagonist played such a minor role in the story. “I don’t want to be a woman in this revolution, sitting around and serving coffee,” says Jaszek. “It really makes you understand what women were armed for in the ’60s.”
Listen to the full interview with Anthony Ha, Robbie Soave and Lisa Jasek in Episode 516 on Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy (above). And see some highlights from the discussion below.
Robbie Soave for Robert Heinlein vs. Ayn Rand:
Ten years ago, most people who came to the libertarian movement came because of Ron Paul; then 20 or more years before that it was from reading Ayn Rand. Of course, there was a period of time – probably all the way – where The moon is a cruel mistress it was a portal. I mean, the professor in many places just gives an almost forced libertarian idea – in fact, in a similar way that Rand does in his writings, where he just deviates from the plot to: “Well, it’s clear here what the author thinks about something, so let me just put my manifesto there. ” Now Heinlein does it much, much more skillfully than Ayn Rand, although this is not a high bandwidth.
Anthony Ha The moon is a cruel mistress against. The deprived:
The deprived is quite close to the presentation of my political philosophy and The moon is a cruel mistress it is not, so comparing the two, politically, I can see, “Oh, I’m on board with this suspicion of the state, this suspicion of power, and the attempt at a much freer society is very interesting.” … I think so The deprived allows for a little more argument, which I think is what is missing in the much later Heinlein. There’s something that seems like an argument, but it’s actually just a character who says something that’s obviously wrong, and then they’re lectured for many pages. I’m sure this is happening in The deprivedbut I think it’s less obvious, at least for me, when it is.
David Bar Kurtley on the conflict:
IN Lexicon of the Turkish city there’s a record called Cozy Crash, and that’s where the world ends – it’s a post-apocalyptic thing – but the characters have a lot of fun. They get cars and weapons, they can go to the mall and take whatever they want, they get girls. So it’s a strange juxtaposition where the world is in this state of horror, but the characters are having a great old time. And I feel like [The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress] is the equivalent of a revolution. It’s like the Cozy Revolution. It really makes a revolution look like a great time, just a lot of fun. I read this book and said to myself, “I want to start a revolution. That really looks great. “
Lisa Jasek on artificial intelligence:
Azimov is researching [AI] in robot stories in the 1940s and 1950s. At the end of his sequence of robots, he imagines world computers that control everything and carefully control humanity. Azimov always imagines them as nannies and nurses, that they will take care of us, as nannies – as the best nannies of all time. But Mike [in The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress] is a friend and I think it’s different. He is much more like a fully conscious person and this is new in science fiction at the time. And he is a good man. He is not a riotous robot. … Azimov shifted the trend in the 40’s and 50’s, then you get a lot of good robots and AI reaching around Mike. Then of course we get HALand then things start going south again.