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The Moon is a Harsh Movie

Movie plans for Heinlein‘s The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

I have to say, I did not enjoy this Heinlein outing. I know, it’s a classic, it’s Heinlein at his best, blah, blah, blah. I just couldn’t finish it. Too boring, I thought.

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18 Comments on The Moon is a Harsh Movie

  1. I think John has problems with ‘classics’. TMisHM is a great read. Especially the sentient computer.

  2. Actually, I prefer older sci fi. It’s just some of the award-winning sf I have problems with. Left Hand of Darkness? Hated it, couldn’t finish it. I did like Le Guinn’s Lathe of Heaven, though. I hated Red Mars, too. There’s no accounting for taste, I guess. Or lack of it.

  3. “Moon” is one of my all-time favorites.

    However, given the track record of film’s based on Heinlein books, I predict this one will be doomed from the start.

    Too bad.

    (And yes, I am a curmudgeon.)

    (Oh yes, I’ll post this on my blog as well, with a tip to you, many thanks for noting this!)

  4. Heinlein… isn’t he the guy that wrote all those stories where everyone in the family sleeps with everyone else in the family while being married to everyone else where it would make for one heck of a weird family tree?

    btw, has his stuff ever gotten banned?

  5. Heinlein’s later work is markedly different from his early work. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and Starship Troopers are much different than say, Stranger in a Strange Land, Job, or Number of the Beast (yikes!). Some point to his stroke in ’77 as being the turning point. Personally, I like earlier Heinlein better than later Heinlein. All of the characters in his later work are basically all the same: super competent, super intelligent and willing to jump in the sack willy nilly.

  6. Since you don’t seem to like Heilein at his best, perhaps his worst would be more to your liking. Try Number of the Beast.

  7. Actually, I’ve only read three: Friday, Time Enough for Love, and Stranger in a Strange Land. I really liked Friday, then Time was all weird family tree like, and I don’t think I actually finished Stranger. So my opinion is probably jaded…

  8. Of the 4 Heinlein books I’ve read, here are my rankings from high to low:

  9. Starship Troopers
  10. Time For The Stars
  11. The Door Into Summer
  12. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress

    I read Stranger in a Strange Land many, many moons ago and don’t remember much of it at all. I do remember trying to read Time Enough For Love but could not devote much time to it. I’d like to give Time and Stranger another go.

  • I couldn’t finish Time Enough for Love, and I like the Lazarus Long stories. Stranger in a Strange Land is just, well, strange. I’m not sure why it was/is such a big hit. I guess the whole free love thing was rather persuasive. Note: That’s where the word ‘grok’ comes from. I don’t know, maybe I missed something reading it (two times!) when I was younger. But I’ve seen several reviewers who didn’t get into it either. I guess its something you have to read if you want to read all the classics.

  • I liked the Lazarus Long stories too, and I enjoyed Friday, Starship Troopers, Methuselah’s Children (excellent!), Glory Road, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, and To Sail Beyond the Sunset. Overall, I like Heinlein.

    The Number of the Best was a fever dream. I personally didn’t care for I Will Fear No Evil either.

  • I especially liked Door Into Summer, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Puppet Masters, Friday, and Job.

    One of the interesting things about Moon was the Russian-influenced English of the Loonies, perhaps echoing the language of Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange, another of my must-reads.

    Fred, I haven’t seen the movie version of The Puppet Masters, but I seem to recall reading a trusted source that it was a fairly decent adaptation of Heinlein’s book.

  • Senility setting in. I meant Tunnel in the Sky instead of Door Into Summer when listing my favorites. D’oh.

  • I saw the movie version of The Puppet Masters. It is a decent rendition of the book. And I’m guessing the loonie-speak of Harsh Mistress also annoyed John and was another reason he put it down.

  • any one who didnt at least finish stranger in a strange land is a fool it is probably his greatest book all his ideas come together into one book that had so much to do with his time and even with ours sci fi books dont have to be all about action some time it is the stuff between action that makes a book inportant

  • Tyler: Try drinking less coffee. And punctuation. It’s a wonderous invention.


  • Fred, on the topic of punctuations, I’ll have to wag a chastising finger at you for your overuse of the period. Because of this, “And punctuation” is now a fragment. Please be careful that you don’t simply change it to a comma because, then, Grammar Police Peter will appear and cite you you for starting a sentence with the conjunction “And.”


  • Sometimes. You. Just. Need. To. Make. A. Point.


  • I know exactly how you feel!! 😉 But you have to admit, it was just too deliciously ironic for me not to comment…


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