The Moon is a Harsh Mistress: What happens to Mike?

A speculation on a key plot element. Warning: spoiler!

Brad DeLong tweets a pointer to Jo Walton’s very smart review of Heinlein’s revolution-on-the-Moon tale, which features a one-armed computer technician and a self-aware computer. The review has lots of spoilers, so I’d propose reading the book first.

More or less everyone, across the spectrum from Heinlein-worshippers to Heinlein-haters, agrees that TMIAHM is one of his two or three best products. (My other nominees, aside from Stranger in a Strange Land – which makes much more sense in the uncut version released a few years ago than it did in the original – would include Glory Road and Citizen of the Galaxy. Hard-core fans tend to elevate Starship Troopers, which I loathe.)

The balance of this note is a howling spoiler, so I’m putting it below the fold. Continue reading “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress: What happens to Mike?”