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Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

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30 Day Book Meme - Day 14
Day 14 – Favorite book of your favorite writer

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. Fighting for freedom, battles in space, settling a new world, breakthrough technology, and a strange and different culture. This book hits my top buttons as a reader. It's not a checklist either. All those pieces fit together. The conditions of the new world created the culture. The cultural clash drove the battle for freedom. The new technology (Mike the AI) allowed them to win.

The story holds up pretty well for a 1960's work. CGI was invented much earlier and didn't require AI. Most other technological differences are excusable because of the poverty of the lunar colonists (hence no cell phones). I've seen negative reviews recently but what offended them most wasn't the SF elements, it was the teen marriages that were routine in Heinlein's rural childhood.

There are some other contenders for my favorite Heinlein book, but they'll be showing up later in this meme.

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