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Luna is an open penal colony and the regime is a harsh one. Not surprisingly, revolution against the hated authority is planned. But the key figures in the revolt are an unlikely crew: Manuel Garcia O'Kelly, an engaging jack of all trades, the beautiful Wyoming Knott - and Mike, a lonely computer who likes to make up jokes ...

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Robert A. Heinlein (1907-88) was educated at the University of Missouri and the US Naval College, Annapolis. He served as a naval officer but retired in 1934 due to ill health. He then studied physics at UCLA and worked in a number of jobs before beginning to publish sf in 1939. Among his many novels are Starship Troopers and Stranger in a Strange Land.

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Par Lady Lama TOP 500 COMMENTATEURSMEMBRE DU CLUB DES TESTEURS le 28 juillet 2013
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"The moon is a harsh mistress" fait parti des "monuments" difficiles d'accès mais dont la lecture récompense le lecteur. C'est un roman de SF datant de 1966, ayant reçu le prix Hugo et ayant été nominé pour le Nebula.

Un peu avant les années 2100, cela raconte l'histoire des "loonies", les terriens exilés sur la lune suite à leurs méfaits divers et variés (une solution comme une autre face au surpeuplement des prisons). Arrivés sur la Lune, ils ont tout construit et ont développé une société à la fois rude, sophistiquée (par exemple il faudrait des centaines de pages pour expliquer certaines règles sociétales coutumières, comme les différents types de mariage, par lignes, par clans, à seulement deux individus, à X individus etc.) et sans règles écrites. La lune est devenue une sorte de grenier de la Terre, et ses habitants ses fermiers. Ils sont très sommairement encadrés par un petit nombre d'individus délégués par la Terre.

Les protagonistes principaux de l'histoire sont Manuel, le narrateur, doté d'un nombre variable de bras et réparateur d'ordinateurs, le Professeur de la Paz, qui tente de théoriser une anarchie un peu particulière (une "anarchie rationnelle"!), Wyoh une jeune rebelle venue de la Terre et... Mike. Mike est de très loin mon personnage préféré. Mike est un ordinateur doté de conscience, avec une personnalité s'affirmant au fur et à mesure des épisodes.
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An excellent book, if you're a Heinlein fan it's definitely recommended.
Very fast and good delivery too and in great condition.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 There is more here than meets the eye 5 août 2012
Par Brian K. Miller - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I don't claim to be a genius. Robert A. Heinlein, on the other hand, is one of the most brilliant writers the United States of America has ever produced. He starts with a kaleidoscope of colorful characters, posits a world no one living has ever experienced, then uses science to bring them together in a multilayered study of human existence. And he achieved this in every single book he wrote.

Consider Mike, the supercomputer who becomes sentient and helps free the former prison colony of Luna from the tyrannical and oppressive "Authority" based on Earth. The name and character allude to "Michael", an archangel, the only archangel in the Bible clearly identified as a warrior angel. Thus it is not the least bit surprising that Mike the supercomputer comes up with and executes the strategy that helps Luna's revolution succeed. Nevertheless, the two personality traits that give his character such charm are a childlike naivete and a love of practical jokes. His naivete is so overwhelming that when he realizes the destruction brought by his strategy it renders him catatonic.

Consider also Hazel Stone. She first appears in a book published almost ten years before this book (The Rolling Stones) as the grandmother of that book's two charming halfwit brothers. Ten years after the publication of The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress she reappears as a tertiary, yet critical character in The Number of the Beast, then a few years later as the central character in The Cat Who Walks through Walls, and finally in 1988 as a pivotal character in To Sail Beyond the Sunset. Hazel Stone starts out as a minor character in a book published in 1955, and becomes one of the most important members of the Long family in the four "Boondock" books where Heinlein finally brings together and reveals how his works are all bound together in a literary examination of the philosophical concept of the world as myth. Most importantly, despite evolving over four books and three decades Hazel Stone never once violates the key elements of her wildly independent, doggedly determined personality. That kind of career-long internal consistency is extremely challenging for a writer to pull off successfully.

Some critics disparage Heinlein's female characters because they do not think and act like men. Somehow they never notice that when push comes to shove, it is always the women in a Heinlein book that have the most initiative, the most common sense, and the greatest ability to change the course of human history. No matter how the male characters stumble through the plot, the women always provide the missing piece of the puzzle or the critical decision that eventually wins the day. Heinlein's female characters, like Hazel Stone and Wyoming Knott, are always the focal point of the events that move a Heinlein novel forward and bring it to its conclusion.

The main character of The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, Manuel Garcia "Mannie" O'Kelly-Davis, meets Wyoming Knott at a subversive meeting he has no interest in attending. The only reason he goes is because his "thinkum dinkum" friend Mike the Supercomputer cannot observe the meeting directly and asks Manuel to attend for him and tell him about it. The meeting is interrupted by a police raid and in the course of the raid Manuel is charged with protecting Wyoming Knott, a keynote speaker invited from the Hong Kong colony. On the strength of Wyoming's kiss, ready sense of humor, and ability to win the trust of Mike, the next twenty-four hours finds Manuel drafted into leading a revolution against the Warden and the Authority that oppress Luna.

One of the most brilliant strokes of genius is how through this providential meeting the reader learns that Luna is a libertarian society with no written laws while the Authority is a Soviet-style collectivist big government attempting to dictate every aspect of life in Luna. The subversives use Soviet style revolutionary titles and hierarchy, but are fighting for an American style free market economy. This reversal of roles is a literary device that keeps the reader questioning their assumptions about labels versus the genuine truths those labels are applied to. What becomes apparent only after reading the Boondock books is how The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress is a key lesson in understanding the difference between a label and the thing itself. The continuity of Hazel Stone's character is one of the powerful literary tools Heinlein uses to teach this lesson not once, but repeatedly over a period of three decades!

As I said at the beginning, I am not a genius and I do not claim to be. Nonetheless, when I read some of the negative and disparaging reviews of The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress here at Amazon, it strikes me that none of the people who rated this book with one or two stars actually understood the book and several of them probably did not even bother reading it beyond the first chapter or two. Just as in every book Heinlein wrote, there is far more going on here than meets the eye. On the surface, it is a rollicking space opera of revolution and freedom. Peel back the layers and you find a critical assessment of everything that is wrong with American culture in the post war years as well as a dire warning about the civil unrest that tore through our society in the decade after this book was published.

Some science fiction writers claim to be prophetic. Robert A. Heinlein actually was.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Revolution, political philosophy, and rock throwing 17 août 2016
Par TChris - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress is a great title. Is it a great book? I don’t think it is Heinlein’s best, but I enjoyed it when I read it in my teens, and probably enjoyed it more in a recent rereading. Fans of Heinlein’s political philosophy will find much to admire here, while readers searching for a good story will have to tolerate the philosophy while waiting for the story to develop.

The novel is set on the moon, which houses a penal colony as well as people who are more-or-less free. The Authority is the moon’s governing body, created as sort of a United Nations agency to administer the moon on behalf of the Earth. Farmers on the moon grow wheat in caves. The farmers (and most other inhabitants) consider themselves to be exploited by Earth, which doesn’t return fair value for the wheat that is catapulted into Earth orbit. Led by a fellow named Manuel and a computer named Mike, a group of revolutionaries plot to win their independence.

Manuel spends much of the novel expounding on his libertarian philosophy, which he calls rational anarchy. Libertarianism was one of Heinlein’s favorite themes … and it might actually be viable if everyone had the same sense of personal responsibility as Heinlein’s characters. A book review isn’t the place to debate the merits of Heinlein’s political thought, so I will only say that Heinlein’s philosophy plays a larger role in this novel than in many of his others. That will attract some readers and turn off others.

The novel also gives us a “how-to” manual in the art of revolution. Most of the steps would apply to any revolution, although this one is unique in that throwing containers of rocks at the Earth is the primary weapon. A character known as Prof has primary responsibility for planning the moon’s quest for freedom which, if not exactly bloodless, minimizes the consequences to Earth because killing people is not the way to win hearts and minds. Prof understands the art of propaganda and the strategies that must be followed to build support among the revolutionaries, to overthrow the local governance of the Authority, and to convince Earth’s nations that recognizing the Moon as an independent entity will be easier than trying to pacify a group of feisty rock-throwers.

The setup occupies about two-thirds of the novel. It also includes discussions of alternative family arrangements (line families that feature multiple wives and husbands) that would have been considered revolutionary in the 1950s. Fortunately, Heinlein was first-and-foremost a storyteller, so lessons in libertarianism and revolution and family structure are interspersed with character development and action scenes, leading to a final third that ratchets up the excitement. Readers who don’t care much for the story’s intellectual merits will enjoy the scenes that actually implement the revolution. Manuel and Prof are memorable characters who are easy to like. I would recommend Stranger in a Strange Land or I Will Fear No Evil or Starship Troopers to readers who are new to Heinlein, but there’s no doubt that The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress was an important addition to the Heinlein canon.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of my favorite SciFi writers 29 octobre 2016
Par Someplace Else - Publié sur Amazon.com
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One of my favorite SciFi writers. I have just about every one of his books. In fact I'm now ordering them again in hard cover where I can find them as most I collected as a teenager in paperback years ago.

Fast paced and holds up against time and if anything is more Prescient now that all this time has past. The new world order and one government elites is just a few elections away. AI computers are just a step away. Freedom is being curtailed every day. Thousands of pages of new regulations written every minute.

The book gives hope that that with action against tyranny anything is possible.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Political Science Fiction 5 avril 2010
Par Steven M. Anthony - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This Robert Heinlein classic has been described as science fiction with a political slant. In my opinion, it can be more accurately described as a political work set on the moon. In a nutshell, the Moon is developed as a penal colony. After three or four generations, the inhabitants have begun to chafe under the yolk of the repressive Authority, which controls all aspects of their lives. This novel follows the Lunar movement to achieve independence and self sufficiency.

There is excellent hard science fiction here and the development of artificial intelligence is outstanding, but more impressive are the sociological and anthropological aspects of the story. An example of this is the family constructs which have evolved from the very "male heavy" environment. Of course, polyandry is an obvious solution, and one of those employed, however the idea of "clan marriage" and the far more original and fascinating "line marriage" (a continuous marriage arrangement in which new marriage partners are added with time) are also introduced.

Of course, the political statements contained within the story are front and center and are what set this science fiction work apart from many others of its genre. This novel was written in the 1960s, so some of the technology and scientific principles might seem dated, or off the mark, but I didn't find them to be so erroneous as to detract from the story. A landmark work to be sure, and a blockbuster at the time it was written. It has aged better than many of its contemporaries, but falls just below what I would consider to be a current, five star experience.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent Science Fiction--holds up well 45 years later 21 avril 2013
Par Alan Mills - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
The year is 2075. The moon has been colonized for about 100 years, mostly by convicts transported to the moon, and their decedents. The colony is run by The Authority, which holds moon in trust for the Federated Nations of the earth. The residents of the moon (who call themselves "Loonies," derived from lunar) lead by a small cell of revolutionaries, are determined to win their independence, and thus freedom, from the "earthworms"--their term for people who still live on earth. This revolt is fueled in equal parts by a radical awakening, and computer projections run by the supercomputer The Authority has built to control virtually every function on the moon--projections which show that without change, there will be a severe food crisis within seven years. Inevitably, conflict breaks out as the earth won't let the Loonies go quietly.

As the plot unfolds, Heinlein has an opportunity to play out not only his deep knowledge of science (much of which seems pretty basic by today's standards--hand programing a computer by typing lengthy commands?) but a semi-anarchist view of politics. He summarizes Loonie political philosophy as "There Is NO Such Thing As A Free Lunch." This means everyone has to work and pay for what they need (including air, which is in short supply on the moon), but also that everyone forms extended families who undertake care for the elderly.

Heinlein does a great job of moving the story forward, developing a couple of characters we care about (including oddly the supercomputer, and building anticipation towards several well paced climaxes of the narrative. The science is right, and fairly complex, but Heinlein does such a good job of explaining it, and integrating it into the story, that it never distracts.

This is the first Heinlein I have ever read (which is embarrassing, since the book is now over 50 years old!), but it definitely will not be the last.
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