Tuesday March 24th, 2009

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein

heinleinRecommended by Manuel in San Antonio, Texas.
I have always been guilty of the prejudice that many of us harbor against science fiction. This novel, however, is anything but a run of the mill sci-fi book. It’s an in-depth analysis of the merits and deficiencies of anarchism, unregulated free markets, monogamous/polygamous relationships, and political conflict resolution. The story is set against the backdrop of a lunar colony population that decides to revolt and secede from Earth. In so doing, moon inhabitants must wrestle with creation of government, the redefinition of politics, and “national” defense. Interesting parallels to the birth of the United States are made throughout and cause the reader to stop and think about how our culture and government(s) have evolved.