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Questions tagged [the-moon-is-a-harsh-mistress]

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress is a novel by Robert A. Heinlein, which centers on a lunar colony's revolt against rule from Earth.

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What are the oddities of Mannies speech pattern?

While reading Heinlein's The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, I noticed something is off in Mannie's speech pattern. But I can't really put my finger on all these oddities as I am not a native English ...
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What is a rolligon and why do people travel using it?

“Rolligon” is mentioned a few times in the novel. One mention is in chapter 9, about the site of the big secret construction project. Nevertheless many people were there, during and after ...
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How many people live in Luna?

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 ...
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Who gets the fine Stuart pays for not learning the local customs?

In Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress chapter 11, we hear the story of Manuel serving as a judge. Manuel fines Stuart Rene LaJoie 50 Hong Kong dollars for making advances on the girl ...
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What are they mining for in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress?

I read Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress some time ago and recall the mining operation but cannot for the life of me remember what they were digging up. Can anyone help me?
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Inspiration or antecedent for title of Heinlein's “The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress”?

I'm fairly certain that I know the answer to this question, but I want to appeal to the collective wisdom here before I definitively file this in my mind as solved. Is there an earlier source or a ...
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Does “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” depict a socialist revolution?

I recently saw a meme with a girl's face saying "Slams socialism because there's no such thing as a free lunch... Doesn't realize the line comes from a novel about socialist revolution." This is a ...
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The Moon is a Harsh Mistress: Was Prof Controlling Mike?

Some other questions touched on the subject of Mike's absence near the end of the book. My question relates to the sudden absence in relation to Prof's death. Here's why I think this: Prof dies, ...
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Reasons for Mike's loss of personality at end of Moon is a Harsh Mistress

I re-read Moon is a Harsh Mistress over the weekend and remembered that I was always puzzled by Mike's behavior over the last pages. Prior to Prof's death, Mike was both a friend to Man and Wyoh as ...
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In 'The Moon is a Harsh Mistress' what are Garrison didos?

In numerous locations in Heinlein's Moon he refers to Garrison orbits or Garrison didos. Based on context I've always interpreted dido as DIrect De-Orbit but having searched for a better definition I'...
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Is it ever specified why/how Mike (HOLMES IV) achieved self-awareness in “The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress”?

In The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, is it ever specified why/how Mike (HOLMES IV) achieved self-awareness? (Since Mike also figures in "The Cat Who Walks Through Walls", the answer may come from either ...