The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

Ranked #1 in Moon, Ranked #3 in Hugo Awardsee more rankings.

In 2075, the Moon is no longer a penal colony. But it is still a prison...

Life isn't easy for the political dissidents and convicts who live in the scattered colonies that make up lunar civilisation. Everything is regulated strictly, efficiently and cheaply by a central supercomputer, HOLMES IV.

When humble technician Mannie O'Kelly-Davis discovers that HOLMES IV has quietly achieved consciousness (and developed a sense of humour), the choice is clear: either report the problem to the authorities... or become friends.

And perhaps overthrow the...

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Bill Gates CEO/MicrosoftProbably the [science fiction book] I read the most when I was younger. (Source)

Elon Musk Founder/SpaceX[Elon Musk recommended this book as one of his favorite books about space.] (Source)

Orson Scott Card AuthorRobert A Heinlein is, quite seriously, the creator of modern science fiction, in the way that Jane Austen is the creator of the modern novel. (Source)

Christopher Sommer I’m a big fan of [the author]. (Source)

Grover Norquist Heinlein does two kinds of books. One is political and the other is weird sex. I thought he was a political activist because I was introduced to him through The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. It compares the flawed statist world to the freedom of the anarchist, utopian moon. So it has both utopia and dystopia available to you. It puts it into the distant future and it suggests progress and people gravitating towards liberty. There’s more liberty in the future – as opposed to the Marxist idea that we’re all inevitably moving to statism. I have read his other book, where everyone has to be a soldier... (Source)

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