Sci-Fi and Fantasy Discussion Group: The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
Date(s) - 12/16/2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sci Fi Fantasy
Robert Heinlein’s exploration of libertarianism, authoritarianism, and revolution will be an interesting jumping-off point for a conversation about our own political situation. With The Day the Earth Stood Still, we discussed a human species that saw ourselves as one planet rather than a collection of mutually mistrustful nations; Heinlein imagines an Earth unified in this way, and asks what would ensue if that Earth had restless lunar colonists.
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress was published in 1966. Leigh Kimmel calls it “the work of the man at the height of his powers,” and numerous critics hail its computer co-protagonist, “Mike,” as a refreshing departure from the many sci-fi cliches of intelligent computers.
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