The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

What’s Your Favorite Robert A. Heinlein Novel, Vernor Vinge?

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. HeinleinMy favorite Heinlein novel is The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress; for some days after reading it, 22nd century cislunar-politics seemed more real than current geo-politics!

However, just thinking about the question provokes an avalanche of fondly remembered competitors, including:

  • Between Planets, the first book I ever read (and which seems even sharper now than I remember it from the early 1950s!)
  • The Star Beast
  • Double Star, graceful and short (and even more interesting now that I have some Patterson-insight about Heinlein’s time in politics).

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Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1 (1907-1948): Learning Curve (978-0-7653-1960-9 / $29.99) will be available from Tor Books on August 17th 2010.

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  1. I love this book and re read it often. I feel as though I am visiting old friends as I read it.

    This book and Star Ship Troopers are, in my opinion the best books RAH ever wrote. The insight in to human nature is both book is spot on. Both should be required reading in grade school and later in high school. I would add to that reading list his speech The Pragmatics of Patriotism

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