|Genre:||Science fiction novel|
|Preceded by:||Farnham’s Freehold|
|Followed by:||I Will Fear No Evil|
“The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress” is a 1966 science fiction novel by American writer Robert A. Heinlein, about a lunar colony’s revolt against rule from Earth. The novel expresses and discusses libertarian ideals. Widely admired for its credible presentation of a comprehensively imagined future human society on both the Earth and the moon, it is generally considered one of Heinlein’s major novels as well as one of the most important science fiction novels ever written.
Originally serialized in “Worlds of If” (December 1965, January, February, March, April 1966), the book received the “Hugo Award” for best science fiction novel in 1967, and was nominated for the “Nebula Award” in 1966.
In what is considered one of Heinlein’s most hair‐raising, thought‐provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st‐century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that’s the problem with the inevitable—it always happens.