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La Luna es una cruel amante (1966)

por Robert A. Heinlein

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Series: World As Myth (Prequel)

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Winner of the 1967 Hugo award, this novel marked Heinlein's partial return to his best form. He draws many historical parallels with the War of Independence, and clearly shows his own libertarian political views. In what is considered one of his most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern Sci-Fi tells the strange story of an even stranger world--twenty-first 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 the problem with the inevitable is that it always happens.… (más)
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“The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” – what a title, sometimes I wonder if this book is considered such a classic in large part due to that title. Despite some imperfections, it does have much to offer, especially being published in the mid-1960’s. The setting revolves around a former Lunar penal outpost, which has evolved into a highly functioning colony with ice mining and successful grain farming. The colony is tightly managed by the Lunar Authority which is controlled from Earth. Set in the later 21st century, Heinlein imagines an intriguing future, publicizing some groundbreaking technology and ideas. We not only have sentient computers, rail guns, fusion power, space battles with laser guns, we also have a Lunar dialect, unique family and marital structures, and different social norms, sprung out of living in a harsh and compact environment. After establishing this future, the book explores a lunar revolution. Take the American Revolution narrative, mix it with the Australian evolution from a penal colony to an independent nation, stir in some libertarian ideology and you have the plot.

When I first read this book in the mid-1980’s it was later high school or early college years, I can’t quite remember. I was astonished by the concepts in this book. I was intrigued by the sentient computer and the concept of using a rail gun for space travel/supply logistics. Moreover, It was the first time I was truly interested in politics and political principles. I mean, I had some lessons in high school around government, but I found it mind-numbingly boring. This book triggered something intellectually that made me think deeply about government philosophy. Since then, I’ve considered the book one of my favorite science fiction books, if not overall favorite books. So, I almost regret this reread, afterwards, as I just couldn’t ignore some of its flaws.

The primary issue with this book is sexism. I’m sure at the time of its writing it was probably considered progressive in terms of how it treated female characters. I mean one of the central figures of the revolt is a woman. And the women on the moon control large, extended families with polygamous relationships. Women are revered and sexual advances are not allowed without permission. Advanced thinking for the early 1960’s, right? Well, unfortunately, you only need to go one step deeper to dig down to the issues. Women are only revered and not touched or raped due to their scarcity. The constant threat of other males tossing violators out an airlock is what creates this situation. It’s still socially acceptable to catcall and ogle women, and in this reality, women enjoy this type of lecherous attention because they don’t have to worry about rape. While one of the central characters is one of four founding members of the revolution, her role is often to gain interest and support due to her attractiveness. And when miners are reluctant to main defensive laser positions, the solution is to provide pretty women at the posts as well, problem solved!

Another issue includes a tremendous amount of exposition. It does help that its written in first person, so at least the infodumps are coming from the mind of the protagonist, instead of an anonymous narrator. The exposition also serves to move the plot along quickly at times, when complex setting, political, and technical information needs to be established. However, it did limit my enjoyment to continuously run into large blocks of narration.

Despite these flaws, it’s still an important book. Using science fiction to explore political affairs and alternate social structures set a foundation that many future authors built upon. Might we not have “The Handmaids Tale” without this book? Possibly. Was it brave in the 1960’s to explore alternate social structures such as polygamy? Definitely. Did the book popularize some intriguing concepts such as the importance of the moon’s weak gravity well, sentient computers, and rail guns? Absolutely. In the context of history, I still rate this book highly. However, I feel compelled to take away at least half a star in recognizing some underlying issues – TANSTAAFL! Four and a half stars, rounded up to five for this Hugo Award winning, philosophical yet action packed tale. ( )
1 vota Kevin_A_Kuhn | Aug 23, 2021 |
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein (1997)
  arosoff | Jul 10, 2021 |
I've now read 8 books from Heinlein and this is definitely my favorite so far. He's usually "3 star territory" for me, but this seemed more original, less preachy, more cool and more fun. I love that the story is told by someone who obviously speaks English as a second language and he was very easy to like right away, though no one was more likable or entertaining than Mike the self conscious AI.

There's definitely a bunch of hard sci-fi stuff to make the math/physics nerds happy, but it doesn't bog down the story for people who aren't into it. You just kind of drift off until it's over and then jump right back in. ( )
  ragwaine | Jul 9, 2021 |
Even though the book's ending was rather predictable, the plot still stood out for its richness and multi-layering. However, the narrative style made it an uneasy read, especially in the beginning. ( )
  nasko7 | May 29, 2021 |
Man, this was awful. Heinlein's views on things like gender really have not aged well. Maybe that's why Starship Troopers is his best book, every character is a dude.

It *is* interesting to read sci fi from the 60s and 70s where the author assumes the Cold War just lasts forever. How bleak. ( )
  bishnu83 | Apr 6, 2021 |
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None of these complaints are to say that Harsh Mistress is a straight-up bad book. As with any Heinlein book, it offers a lot of food for thought and fodder for argument.
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Heinlein, Robert A.autor principaltodas las edicionesconfirmado
Bergner, Wulf H.Traductorautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
Bieger, MarcelRevisorautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
Bradbury, Raymistaken ascriptionautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
James, LloydNarradorautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
Lippi, GiuseppeContribuidorautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
Moore, ChrisArtista de la Cubiertaautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
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Winner of the 1967 Hugo award, this novel marked Heinlein's partial return to his best form. He draws many historical parallels with the War of Independence, and clearly shows his own libertarian political views. In what is considered one of his most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern Sci-Fi tells the strange story of an even stranger world--twenty-first 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 the problem with the inevitable is that it always happens.

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