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  • Description: "Widely acknowledged as one of Robert A. Heinlein's greatest works, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress rose from the golden age of science fiction to become an undisputed classic—and a touchstone for the philosophy of personal responsibility and political freedom. A revolution on a lunar penal colony—aided by a self-aware supercomputer—provides the framework for a story of a diverse group of men and women grappling with the ever-changing definitions of humanity, technology, and free will—themes that resonate just as strongly today as they did when the novel was first published."
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Amazon and Google Play Store have the eBook editions of several seminal sci-fi classics

1. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein for $1.99 NLA


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CWGBZ4R
https://play.google.com/store/boo...J&hl=en_US

2. I Sing the Body Electric: Stories by Ray Bradbury NLA

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CKOQCAQhttps://play.google.com/store/boo...C&hl=en_US


The mind of Ray Bradbury is a wonder-filled carnival of delight and terror that stretches from the verdant Irish countryside to the coldest reaches of outer space. Yet all his work is united by one common thread: a vivid and profound understanding of the vast set of emotions that bring strength and mythic resonance to our frail species. Ray Bradbury characters may find themselves anywhere and anywhen. A horrified mother may give birth to a strange blue pyramid. A man may take Abraham Lincoln out of the grave--and meet another who puts him back. An amazing Electrical Grandmother may come to live with a grieving family. An old parrot may have learned over long evenings to imitate the voice of Ernest Hemingway, and became the last link to the great man. A priest on Mars may confront his fondest dream: to meet the Messiah. Each of these magnificent creations has something to tell us about our humanity--and all of their fates await you in this new trade edition of twenty-eight classic Bradbury stories and one luscious poem. Travel on an unpredictable and unforgettable literary journey--safe in the hands of one the centurys great men of imagination

3. Alas Babylon by Pat Frank for $1.99

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CD360ZQ
https://play.google.com/store/boo...C&hl=en_US

Widely acknowledged as one of Robert A. Heinlein's greatest works, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress rose from the golden age of science fiction to become an undisputed classic—and a touchstone for the philosophy of personal responsibility and political freedom. A revolution on a lunar penal colony—aided by a self-aware supercomputer—provides the framework for a story of a diverse group of men and women grappling with the ever-changing definitions of humanity, technology, and free will—themes that resonate just as strongly today as they did when the novel was first published.

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress gives readers an extraordinary, thought-provoking glimpse into the mind of Robert A. Heinlein, who, even now, "shows us where the future is" (Tom Clancy).


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Praise for The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

"A significant book in the history of the genre."—Tor.com

"Offers a lot of food for thought and fodder for argument...indisputably rich with ideas."—io9

"What separates Heinlein's writing from that of his peers: his ability to show us the inescapable humanity of technologically advanced futures."—BooksTellYouWhy.com

Praise for Robert A. Heinlein and His Novels

"We proceed down the path marked by his ideas. He shows us where the future is."—Tom Clancy

"One of the grand masters of science fiction."—The Wall Street Journal

"A brilliant mind-bender...Wonderfully humanizing."—Kurt Vonnegut

"Certainly among the most influential...science fiction novel[s] of all time."—The Guardian

"This book was destined to become a bestseller, shaping the sensibilities of a generation."—The Boston Globe

"The word that comes to mind for him is essential. As a writer—eloquent, impassioned, technically innovating—he reshaped science fiction in a way that defined it for every writer who followed him...He was the most significant science fiction writer since H.G. Wells."—Robert Silverberg

"Heinlein's genius is at its height in this timeless classic that is meaningful today as when it was written...a fast paced novel that never gets preachy. This is a definite must have, must read book."—SF Site


"Alas, Babylon." Those fateful words heralded the end. When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness.
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TANSTAAFL, but $2 is still pretty cheap.
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The best Heinlein, IMO (and I've read nearly all of them). Great thriller plot with the right balance of sci-fi and social commentary. Especially if you're turned off by militaristic Heinlein, aimless rambling Heinlein, or later sex weirdo Heinlein (honestly I'm not judging), this has all of that but not nearly as distracting.

(That said, like all sci-fi of the era, it's naively optimistic about the specific political stances it takes)
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Great reply, thanks. I agree with your points.

When I speak of self-censoring I'm referring generically to people who limit their media choices when there is a whiff of politics they don't like.
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I Sing The Body Electric is available on Google Play also.
https://play.google.com/store/boo...2wmsu--jEC
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Nice. I picked up a copy of the Moon is a harsh...
I also considered buying a copy of the "Alas, Babylon" but based on the reviews decided not to. Apparently that ebook is riddled with too many errors where wrong words are used, to the point where it's unreadable.
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FYI - Reviews of the kindle edition of Alas Babylon mention tons of typos.
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Really, really enjoyed The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.
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You have no idea how long I've waited for TMIAHM to be available for Kindle...

Or how many times I've gone to the print book, scrolled down, and 'flagged' to notify the publisher that I wanted them to make this book available for Kindle.
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Really, really enjoyed The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.
I second that. I wonder how it would hold up to another reading... I read it probably 15 years ago.
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TANSTAAFL, but $2 is still pretty cheap.
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Wow! Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank. This was by far the best assigned reading I ever had in high school.
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The best Heinlein, IMO (and I've read nearly all of them). Great thriller plot with the right balance of sci-fi and social commentary. Especially if you're turned off by militaristic Heinlein, aimless rambling Heinlein, or later sex weirdo Heinlein (honestly I'm not judging), this has all of that but not nearly as distracting.

(That said, like all sci-fi of the era, it's naively optimistic about the specific political stances it takes)
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This novel is a lot like other ideological driven stories of this time. The characters exist to spout libertopian polemics and not much else.
Sure, but people still read Ayn Rand for the same libertopian (good word btw) ideas. Its a decent book, easy to read, and a soft intro to Heinlein. He doesn't start getting weird until Stranger in a Strange Land...
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The best Heinlein, IMO (and I've read nearly all of them). Great thriller plot with the right balance of sci-fi and social commentary. Especially if you're turned off by militaristic Heinlein, aimless rambling Heinlein, or later sex weirdo Heinlein (honestly I'm not judging), this has all of that but not nearly as distracting.

(That said, like all sci-fi of the era, it's naively optimistic about the specific political stances it takes)
I'm rereading time enough for love, which i think i read 20 years ago. apparently i blocked out a lot of really really weird sex (i am judging) the first time i read it.

Agree that this novel is a good middle ground for his various writing approaches.
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I'm rereading time enough for love, which i think i read 20 years ago. apparently i blocked out a lot of really really weird sex (i am judging) the first time i read it.

Agree that this novel is a good middle ground for his various writing approaches.
Yup, that's the one, and I also first and last read it about 20 years ago as well. I still love it, though, but I will never hesitate to list to people all the weirdo sex things that happen in that book.
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