First printing of the first US paperback edition of the Hugo Award-winning futuristic political fable, in which a lunar colony revolts through the beneficent assistance of a powerful computer that develops AI.
"[A]ll of this society in THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS arose out of discussions that Robert and I had. What happened was that we held a number of discussions [...] about ideal government." – Virginia Heinlein
Nicknamed "Mike" (a reference to Sherlock Holmes's more intelligent brother, Mycroft), the supercomputer guides Luna through revolution, with many conscious parallels to the American Revolution. The book also popularized the acronym TANSTAAFL, "There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch" in the 1960s. As with many of Heinlein's works, a conscious political statement and a classic of science fiction. First published by Putnam in 1966.
Read more: Currey, Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors: A Bibliography, 192; Patterson, Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century, 1948-1988, The Man Who Learned Better, 265.
New York: Berkley Medallion / G.P. Putnam's Sons, (1968). 7'' x 4.25''. Original color pictorial wrappers designed by Paul Lehr, N1601, priced at 95c. Yellow edges. 302 pages. Two tiny pencil notations to two pages only. Small closed tear and attendant crease to top front corner of wrappers, a bit of toning and soil. No spine crease.
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