At the time of the events told in Robert Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (not counting the epilogue), approximately how many people live in Luna?

I seem to remember that the number was mentioned somewhere in the book, but now I can't find it.


From the first installment in If, December 1965, p. 22, column 2:

Wyoh smiled. “Yes, we could throw rocks. But the solution is so simple that you all know it. Here in Luna we’re rich. Three million hardworking, smart, skilled people, enough water, plenty of everything, endless power, endless cubic. But . . . what we don't have is a free market. We must get rid of the Authority!"

  • Chapter 2 of the novel. – user22484 Apr 22 '17 at 1:35


Found it while researching for another question. Chapter 11:

Despite “throwing rocks,” Mike knew, we all knew, that mighty terra with eleven billion people and endless resources could not be defeated by three million who had nothing, […]

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