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The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
by Robert A. Heinlein

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It is the year 2076, and the Moon is a penal colony for the rebellious and the unwanted of Earth. The exiles have created a libertarian society in order to survive in their harsh and unforgiving environment, their motto being TANSTAAFL: "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch". Looming over them is the Luna Authority, the heavy-handed Earth administration, who trades li It is the year 2076, and the Moon is a penal colony for the rebellious and the unwanted of Earth. The exiles have created a libertarian society in order to survive in their harsh and unforgiving environment, their motto being TANSTAAFL: "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch". Looming over them is the Luna Authority, the heavy-handed Earth administration, who trades life necessities to the "Loonies" in exchange for grain shipments to the starving populations of Earth. As the situation steadily deteriorates the inhabitants of Luna come to realize that they have little choice but to revolt against Luna Authority in order to save themselves from resource exhaustion and a subsequent environmental apocalypse. A small band of dissidents emerges to lead the revolution. This consists of a one-armed computer jock, a radical young woman, a past-his-prime academic, and a nearly omnipotent computer named Mike. These people ignite the fires of revolution, despite the near certainty of failure.

Robert A. Heinlein

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Robert Anson Heinlein was an American novelist and science fiction writer. Often called "the dean of science fiction writers", he is one of the most popular, influential, and controversial authors of "hard science fiction". He set a high standard for science and engineering plausibility and helped to raise the genre's standards of literary quality. He was the first SF writer to break into mainstre

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Original Title The Moon is a Harsh Mistress ISBN 0340837942 (ISBN13: 9780340837948 ) Edition Language English URL http://us.macmillan.com/themoonisaharshmistress/RobertHeinlein Characters Manuel Garcia "Mannie" O'Kelly-Davis, Wyoming "Wyoh" Knott, Professor Bernardo de la Paz, Adam Selene, Stuart Rene "Stu" LaJoie...more , HOLMES IV...less setting Luna, 2076 Literary Awards Hugo Award for Best Novel (1967), Nebula Award Nominee for Best Novel (1966), Prometheus Hall of Fame Award (1983) (109)