History Literature / TheMoonIsAHarshMistress

13th May '16 11:03:48 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* FutureImperfect: If Mannie is any indication, Loonies have a rather shaky grasp of history. He thought ThomasJefferson freed the slaves, and confused UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution with UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar. (Actually, this is done to hammer in that the Loonies are not Americans. Most non-Americans on present-day Earth would easily get the civil war and the revolution mixed up, but have no clue who Jefferson was.)

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* FutureImperfect: If Mannie is any indication, Loonies have a rather shaky grasp of history. He thought ThomasJefferson UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson freed the slaves, and confused UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution with UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar. (Actually, this is done to hammer in that the Loonies are not Americans. Most non-Americans on present-day Earth would easily get the civil war and the revolution mixed up, but have no clue who Jefferson was.)
26th Mar '16 3:22:33 PM WhatRayDid
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** Also an example of ScienceMarchesOn: at the time the story was written this was one of the legitimate theories regarding the long-term effects of low gravity on biology. It wasn't firmly established that the opposite was the case (very low gravity is moderately bad for you and microgravity can outright kill you given long-term exposure) until several decades later.
17th Dec '15 11:47:13 AM Naoto_best_waifu
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* AuthorTract: This is a very political novel. Libertarian principles are discussed and held up as admirable.

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* AuthorTract: This is a very political novel. Libertarian principles are discussed and held up as admirable. This book is somewhat notable, however, in that it predates the founding of the Libertarian party by several years, which made it rather ahead of its time.
9th Dec '15 2:36:46 PM feyhunde
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** [[spoiler: However, the Mike's not measuring the success of the lunar revolution. He's measuring the odds of avoiding starvation, which requires the catapult to be utter destroyed by H-bombs. A peaceful resolution was too high of possibility.]]
20th Sep '15 4:05:16 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ArtisticLicenseStatistics: Heinlein ups the drama by having Mike the supercomputer constantly decreasing the plan's odds of success overall after each objective is successfully completed, stating that there are "more opportunities for failure" in the next objective, but this isn't the way overall probability is calculated.
3rd Sep '15 11:26:37 AM ham-peas
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* FantasticSlurs: "Earthworms" and "chums" (pronounced ''choom'' like in Russian). Also inverted with "jailbird," which is considered a friendly greeting among those who had been sent to Luna for criminal sentences; when the exiles begin addressing the native-born Mannie as "jailbird," it's intended as a compliment.

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* FantasticSlurs: "Earthworms" and "chums" (pronounced ''choom'' like in Russian). Also inverted with "jailbird," which is considered a friendly greeting among those who had been sent to Luna for criminal sentences; when the exiles begin addressing the native-born Mannie as "jailbird," it's intended as a compliment.



* TechnologyMarchesOn: Mike's processing power, when drawing on the entire computer network of Luna, is portrayed as almost inconceivably fast. Mannie is amazed that Mike can create and animate a lifelike computer graphics representation of himself, saying that such a feat would require ''millions'' of calculations per second. Calculations of this speed are called "megahertz," and were possible in single computer chips merely ten years after the book was released. However, totally lifelike human computer models animated on the fly aren't quite yet a reality.
* TerminallyDependentSociety
* TerseTalker: Narrator generally skips articles, prepositions. Most Lunar population uses same method.

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* TechnologyMarchesOn: Mike's processing power, when drawing TerminallyDependentSociety: Thanks to the Lunar Authority's cheapskate attitude toward expanding its engineering plant, all of Luna City's environmental maintenance is managed entirely by the HOLMES IV hardware, with no redundant backups in case of primary system failure. This makes Mike a gigantic single point of failure for L-city's life support systems, an extremely precarious situation which has considerable bearing on the entire computer network of Luna, is portrayed as almost inconceivably fast. Mannie is amazed that Mike can create and animate a lifelike computer graphics representation of himself, saying that such a feat would require ''millions'' of calculations per second. Calculations of this speed are called "megahertz," and were possible in single computer chips merely ten years after the book was released. However, totally lifelike human computer models animated on the fly aren't quite yet a reality.plot.
* TerminallyDependentSociety
* TerseTalker: Narrator generally skips Narration mostly elides articles, prepositions. Most Lunar population uses same method.Represents Loonie argot, influenced by large Russian contingent among early transportees.
3rd Sep '15 11:04:45 AM ham-peas
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The narrator is Manuel Garcia O'Kelly ([[MeaningfulName Man]] or Mannie for short), a regular multiethnic Lunar guy. Mannie is part of the Davis Clan: a large, polygamous family of various creeds and ages, who get by through farming, stealing a little electricity and water from the government, and helping out friends in need. By day, Mannie works as a tech support worker for the Lunar Authority in Luna City. His job is to maintain a HOLMES-type mainframe computer which Mannie names [[SherlockHolmes Mycroft]] -- Mike for short. It talks, scans, prints and calculates. While it once started out by running the catapult that sends things from the Moon to the Earth, it now runs almost everything on the Moon.

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The narrator is Manuel Garcia O'Kelly ([[MeaningfulName Man]] or Mannie for short), a regular multiethnic Lunar guy. Mannie is part of the Davis Clan: a large, polygamous family of various creeds and ages, who get by through farming, stealing a little electricity and water from the government, and helping out friends in need. By day, Mannie works as a tech support worker contractor for the Lunar Authority in Luna City. His job is to maintain a HOLMES-type HOLMES IV-type mainframe computer which Mannie names [[SherlockHolmes Mycroft]] -- Mike for short. It talks, scans, prints and calculates. While it once started out by running the catapult that sends things from the Moon to the Earth, adding capacity to the existing plant is cheaper than shipping new hardware up the gravity well from Earth, so it now runs almost everything on the Moon.
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3rd Jul '15 6:59:55 PM LBHills
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* AuthorTract: This is a very political novel.

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* AuthorTract: This is a very political novel. Libertarian principles are discussed and held up as admirable.



* BerserkButton: On the Moon, you don't do anything to an unwilling woman due the huge gender disparity. If you do so much as trying to kiss one when she's not in the mood, you risk being spaced (the one Earther tourist who did it survived only because the men around there decided to get him a trial first, and Man as a judge spared him and told him to not try it again). When a group of [[EliteMooks Peace Dragoons]] [[spoiler: raped and killed a woman]], the whole Moon rose in arms before [[TheDragon Alvarez]] could hang them to try and calm the people.

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* BeleagueredBureaucrat: The unfortunate Mort 'The Wart' Hobart is the Warden - he's receiving the Earth government's ever-increasing demands on one hand, trying to cope with ever-increasing hostility from the Loonies, struggling to prevent his CowboyCop chief of security from triggering riots, ''and'' keeps suffering from mysterious mechanical breakdowns. And ''then'' the Revolution begins.
* BerserkButton: On the Moon, you don't do anything to an unwilling woman due to the huge gender disparity. If you do so much as trying to kiss one when she's not in the mood, you risk being spaced (the one Earther tourist who did it survived only because the men around there decided to get him a trial first, and Man as a judge spared him and told him to not try it again). When a group of [[EliteMooks Peace Dragoons]] [[spoiler: raped and killed a woman]], the whole Moon rose in arms before [[TheDragon Alvarez]] could hang them to try and calm the people.



* NoodleIncident: The "Wet Firecracker War," which is mentioned at least twice but never explained. It's implied that it was an attempted [[WorldWarIII nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union]]... which turned out to end quickly with relatively little destruction (Minus the loss of Colorado Springs in the US, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_Springs,_Colorado#Military_Installations probably because of the many military installations]]). Hence, "wet firecracker."

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* NoodleIncident: The "Wet Firecracker War," which is mentioned at least twice but never explained. It's implied that it was an attempted [[WorldWarIII nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union]]... which turned out to end quickly with relatively little destruction (Minus the loss of Colorado Springs in the US, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_Springs,_Colorado#Military_Installations probably because of the many military installations]]). Hence, "wet firecracker." "
9th Jun '15 9:18:59 AM Fighteer
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* YouMakeMeSic: When Wyoh tells Prof about how Manny forced her into a hotel room and raped her, his only comment is to correct her grammar (she said "drugged" instead of "dragged"). However, this is because he knows she's making it up, not because he has messed up priorities.

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* YouMakeMeSic: YouMakeMeSic:
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When Wyoh tells Prof about how Manny forced her into a hotel room and raped her, his only comment is to correct her grammar (she said "drugged" instead of "dragged"). However, this is because he knows she's making it up, not because he has messed up priorities.
3rd Jun '15 8:00:24 PM CheeseDogX
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* WouldntHitAGirl: The attitude of the men on the moon. Woe to you if you do, 'cause 'Judge' Lynch would be on your case in a heartbeat and you'd have [[ThrownOutTheAirlock severe breathing difficulties]].



*YouMakeMeSic: When Wyoh tells Prof about how Manny forced her into a hotel room and raped her, his only comment is to correct her grammar (she said "drugged" instead of "dragged"). However, this is because he knows she's making it up, not because he has messed up priorities.
** When Prof is trying to get their ''ad hoc'' Congress to ratify this Declaration of Independence, one of the nigglers gets hung up on minor errors like dangling participles and the word "unalienable."



* WouldntHitAGirl: The attitude of the men on the moon. Woe to you if you do, 'cause 'Judge' Lynch would be on your case in a heartbeat and you'd have [[ThrownOutTheAirlock severe breathing difficulties]].
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