History Literature / TheMoonIsAHarshMistress

22nd Oct '17 7:06:41 PM nombretomado
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* XanatosSpeedChess: The Revolution slides into this mode after having overthrown the Lunar Authority two months ahead of schedule. Having a sentient supercomputer as the key member of the Revolution certainly helps. So does having another major player be a man who's studied Revolution to an extent that would make CheGuevara look like a hobbyist.

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* XanatosSpeedChess: The Revolution slides into this mode after having overthrown the Lunar Authority two months ahead of schedule. Having a sentient supercomputer as the key member of the Revolution certainly helps. So does having another major player be a man who's studied Revolution to an extent that would make CheGuevara UsefulNotes/CheGuevara look like a hobbyist.
28th Aug '17 3:50:06 PM Gregzilla
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* BeleagueredBureaucrat: Mannie laments that Luna is ruled by one instead of an actual BadBoss; both because he feels guilty in making the man suffer and because it's difficult to inspiremoutrage against someone so ''dull''. The unfortunate Mort 'The Wart' Hobart is the Warden, and 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. His eventual fate is fittingly undramatic - he's [[spoiler: asphyxiated by accident during the revolution]], although he did manage to [[BadBoss kill his own bodyguards]] beforehand.

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* BeleagueredBureaucrat: Mannie laments that Luna is ruled by one instead of an actual BadBoss; both because he feels guilty in making the man suffer and because it's difficult to inspiremoutrage inspire outrage against someone so ''dull''. The unfortunate Mort 'The Wart' Hobart is the Warden, and 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. His eventual fate is fittingly undramatic - he's [[spoiler: asphyxiated by accident during the revolution]], although he did manage to [[BadBoss kill his own bodyguards]] beforehand.
26th Aug '17 5:46:38 PM Khyron42_Prime
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** Mannie and Wyoh's relationship is completely ambiguous from about halfway in. She's obviously romantically interested in Mannie's co-husband Greg, but she spends her first married night in Mannie's bed. Mannie has Mike turn off all monitoring, but it could just as easily be a purely platonic visit. ** We're never given any real information on how Mannie's "line marriage" treats sex. Given Heinlein's [[AuthorAppeal propensities]], it's very possible that [[EverybodyHasLotsOfSex everybody has sex with everybody else]] but there's very little information provided.

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** Mannie and Wyoh's relationship is completely ambiguous from about halfway in. She's obviously romantically interested in Mannie's co-husband Greg, but she spends her first married night in Mannie's bed. Mannie has Mike turn off all monitoring, but it could just as easily be a purely platonic visit.
** We're never given any real information on how Mannie's "line marriage" treats sex. Given Heinlein's [[AuthorAppeal propensities]], it's very possible that [[EverybodyHasLotsOfSex everybody has sex with everybody else]] else]], but there's very little information provided.the narrative treats it almost exclusively as an emotional support system - an anxious Mannie spends the night with his "senior wife" but nothing sexual is eveb implied to happen. On the other hand, younger "husbands" blush excitedly at the idea of Wyoh "opting in".
26th Aug '17 5:42:58 PM Khyron42_Prime
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* AmbiguousSituation:
** Mannie and Wyoh's relationship is completely ambiguous from about halfway in. She's obviously romantically interested in Mannie's co-husband Greg, but she spends her first married night in Mannie's bed. Mannie has Mike turn off all monitoring, but it could just as easily be a purely platonic visit. ** We're never given any real information on how Mannie's "line marriage" treats sex. Given Heinlein's [[AuthorAppeal propensities]], it's very possible that [[EverybodyHasLotsOfSex everybody has sex with everybody else]] but there's very little information provided.
26th Aug '17 5:13:28 PM Khyron42_Prime
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* GrammarNazi: One member of the Lunar conference resists signing off on the declaration of independence due to a few grammar errors. He's eventually convinced that it's more important to just get the damn thing ratified. This is used as evidence that power should be consolidated into the hands of a few capable ministers rather than large government bodies.

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* GrammarNazi: One member of the Lunar conference resists signing off on congress wants to revise the declaration Lunar Declaration of independence Independence (literally just the American Revolution version with the SerialNumbersFiledOff) due to a few grammar errors. He's eventually convinced errors (including the famous "unalienable" vs "inalienable" issue). In a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]], he drops his argument quickly once Adam Selene entreats that it's more important to just get the damn thing ratified. This is used as evidence ratified, and Mannie notes that power should be consolidated into the hands of a few capable ministers rather than large government bodies.he's actually good guy besides his "fetish".
26th Aug '17 3:51:05 PM Khyron42_Prime
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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.

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* BeleagueredBureaucrat: Mannie laments that Luna is ruled by one instead of an actual BadBoss; both because he feels guilty in making the man suffer and because it's difficult to inspiremoutrage against someone so ''dull''. The unfortunate Mort 'The Wart' Hobart is the Warden - Warden, and 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. His eventual fate is fittingly undramatic - he's [[spoiler: asphyxiated by accident during the revolution]], although he did manage to [[BadBoss kill his own bodyguards]] beforehand.
26th Aug '17 3:43:31 PM Khyron42_Prime
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* CasualInterplanetaryTravel: Generally [[AvertedTrope Averted.]] While ships do travel between Earth and the Moon, and it was clearly cheap enough to dump convicts there,anned vessels are a rarity. Tourism is still not that common due to the expense and lack of interest. As well, there is no ArtificialGravity, so earthworms can't stay too long without permanent changes to their bodies. Worse, Loonies can only visit Terra for short periods of time, and at great risk to their health. Our main characters must endure physically grueling preparations for ''months'' against even the small chance of a brief trip to Earth. It is implied, however, to have become more prevalent at some point after the novel's events.

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* CasualInterplanetaryTravel: Generally [[AvertedTrope Averted.]] Averted]], or at least [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]]. While ships do travel between Earth and the Moon, and it was clearly cheap do so cheaply enough to dump convicts there,anned there, manned vessels are a rarity. Tourism is still not that common uncommon due to the expense and lack of interest. As well, interest in visiting what is still basically a penal colony. Also, there is no ArtificialGravity, so earthworms can't stay too long without permanent changes to their bodies. Worse, Loonies can only visit Terra for short periods of time, and at great risk to their health. Our main characters must endure physically grueling preparations for ''months'' against even the small chance of a brief trip to Earth. It is implied, however, to have become more prevalent at some point after the novel's events.
26th Aug '17 3:34:26 PM Khyron42_Prime
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* CasualInterplanetaryTravel: It's relatively easy to travel between Earth and the Moon, although tourism is still not that common due to the expense and lack of interest. As well, there is no ArtificialGravity, so earthworms can't stay too long without permanent changes to their bodies.

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* CasualInterplanetaryTravel: It's relatively easy to Generally [[AvertedTrope Averted.]] While ships do travel between Earth and the Moon, although tourism and it was clearly cheap enough to dump convicts there,anned vessels are a rarity. Tourism is still not that common due to the expense and lack of interest. As well, there is no ArtificialGravity, so earthworms can't stay too long without permanent changes to their bodies. Worse, Loonies can only visit Terra for short periods of time, and at great risk to their health. Our main characters must endure physically grueling preparations for ''months'' against even the small chance of a brief trip to Earth. It is implied, however, to have become more prevalent at some point after the novel's events.


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* MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness: Very hard sci-fi, even for Heinlein. The only "lies" are prevalent nuclear power, an electromagnetic catapult, and a sentient computer - all of which are extrapolated directly from real technology. ScienceMarchesOn, so several aspects of Loonie life turned out not to reflect reality (their long life and the inability to return to Earth after only a few months in Luna), but generally it's very grounded.
26th Aug '17 2:28:37 PM Khyron42_Prime
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[[caption-width-right:346: [[BittersweetEnding ''Tanstaafl'']]]]



* FunWithAcronyms: Mike is a ''High-Optional, Logical, Multi-Evaluating Supervisor, Mark IV,'' or HOLMES IV, supercomputer.

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* FunWithAcronyms: FunWithAcronyms:
** A famous example among fans of Seventies Sci-Fi: "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch" is parsed as ''tanstaafl'', and its use alongside the various Russian and Chinese loan-words causes Stu to mistake it for one.
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Mike is a ''High-Optional, Logical, Multi-Evaluating Supervisor, Mark IV,'' or HOLMES IV, supercomputer.
26th Aug '17 2:18:06 PM Khyron42_Prime
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* ArtificialLimbs: Mannie has a cybernetic arm which can be swapped out for other prosthetics.

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* ArtificialLimbs: Mannie has a cybernetic arm which can be swapped out for other prosthetics. Notably, while Mannie enjoys its versatility, it averts typical unrealistic CyberPunk traits: it's replacing an arm lost in a mining accident rather than an elective augmentation, and it lacks the lifting strength of a non-prosthetic arm. He also has to bring specialized arms for different tasks - his "social" arm doesn't magically contain microminiature repair tools.



* 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 plot.

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* TerminallyDependentSociety: TechnologyMarchesOn: While {{Zeerust}} covers most of the computing and phone aspects, the necessity for a vastly larger source of grain for the teeming masses of India was avoided not through rocketry and off-world inports, but through a genetic engineering breakthrough called "dwarf wheat", which vastly increased yield-per-acre.
* TerminallyDependentSociety:
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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 plot. plot.
** Luna itself is entirely dependent upon imports for many necessities, and the one-way nature of their trade with Terra is set to literally starve them to death.
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