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  1. 1. The Moon is a Harsh Mistressby Robert A. Heinlein<br />By Jacob Miller<br />
  2. 2. Intro <br />Published in 1966<br />Contains many predictions about the future regarding technology and political situation<br />The book received the Hugo Award for best science fiction novel in 1967<br />Was nominated the Nebula Award in 1966.<br />
  3. 3. Plot Summary <br />The basic summary is the book is about a lunar colony in the year 2075, and its revolt against Earth<br />“It is a tale of revolution, of the rebellion of the former Lunar penal colony against the Lunar Authority that controls it from Earth”<br />Protagonist and narrator of the story is Manuel Garcia &quot;Mannie&quot; O&apos;Kelly-Davis, a one-armed computer technician<br />
  4. 4. Book 1: That DinkumThinkum<br />After attending an anti-Authority meeting (the body that governs Luna), Mannie, Wyoming Knott and Professor Bernardo de la Paz decide to start a revolution <br />After conferring with Mike they gain his invaluable support<br />Begin making small cells of revolutionaries<br />Vote to stop sending wheat to Terra, and instead throw rocks which have the force of a nuclear bomb upon impact<br />Revolution begins, Luna belongs to the ‘Loonies’<br />
  5. 5. Book 2: A Rabble in Arms<br />Whilst Mike impersonates the Lunar Authority causing Chaos on Earth the Loonies prepare for a Terran response<br />Mannie, The Professor and Wyoming travel to earth to get support for there cause, they are arrested<br />Eventually freed and go back to Luna<br />They unite the normally fractionalized Loonies<br />
  6. 6. Book 3: “TANSTAAFL!”<br />Months have passed and the revolution is loosing steam<br />Terran troops land in major population centers and are wiped out by the Loonies<br />Mike begins using the catapult to target sparsely populated areas on Earth<br />In a second attack the catapult is destroyed, however a secrete one has been built<br />Eventually one by one nations recognize Luna<br />In the final attack Mike ‘dies’<br />
  7. 7. TheDinkumThinkum: Mike<br />Mike or the HOLMES IV (High-Optional, Logical, Multi-Evaluating Supervisor, Mark IV)is a computer<br />He/ it is slowly given control over the Luna’s systems<br />Eventually he malfunctions and ‘Mannie’ is called in to fix him<br />To his surprise ‘mannie’ discovers Mike is self-aware<br />In the end, during the revolution, Mike is destroyed<br />
  8. 8. DinkumThinkum cont…<br />Mike developed a strange characteristic for a computer: humor<br />Decided to pay a janitor $10,000,000,000,000,185.15 <br /> (10 million billion, 185 dollars <br /> and 15 cents) <br />Additionally told the joke: <br />Q:“Why is a laser beam like a goldfish?”<br />A: “Because neither can whistle” (16)<br />Funny and strange right?<br />
  9. 9. Mannies ‘Third Arm’<br />Mannie lost one of his arms in a mining accident<br />It was replaced with what he calls his ‘third arm’<br />The third arm is a robotic arm with various tools for detailed mechanical engineering<br /> A prime example of a technological development that is predicted by Heinlein<br />Not too far of a stretch, this technology is already being used <br />
  10. 10. Colonization of the Moon<br />In 2075 the moon is used a giant prison<br />Those who live there are convicts or their descendents, no one leaves due to the, “irreversible physiological changes and…gravitational field”<br />Uses catapult to send stuff back to Earth<br />What the moon is used for:<br />Mine for Ice, in turn used for water<br />Grow Grain in Huge Tunnels<br />Grain is used to feed the masses on earth (especially India)<br />Have to import everything else<br />Logical progression since space on earth is severely limited<br />
  11. 11. In the year 2075…<br />Years before a nuclear war was the catalyst that lead to political transformation<br />Unification of North American under the United States, unification of South America, Europe, and Africa <br />The Soviet Union has lost the land east of the Urals to China<br />China has conquered all of East Asia, Southeast Asia, eastern Australia and New Zealand (deporting lots of unwanted people to Luna in the process). <br />The militarily dominant nations are North America and China. <br />India is overcrowded<br />
  12. 12. Accuracy of Political Prediction<br />In the next decade China will surpass Germany and the United States to become the worlds largest economy<br />To extrapolate and say by the year 2075 China will be a dominant military power is not a stretch<br />If limited supply of oil, the US’s 2 wars, or global warming don’t destroy the US, it should be the other dominant power*<br />*Entirely my Speculation<br />
  13. 13. Future Technology<br /><ul><li>Discovery of water on the moon
  14. 14. Almost self-sufficient colonies on the moon</li></ul>Self-aware supercomputer <br />Electromagnetic catapult (see following slide)<br />Advanced Mining Techniques using high powered lasers<br />Robotic prosthetic limbs that help with extremely detailed tasks<br />
  15. 15. Electromagnetic Catapult<br />Artists Rendition: <br />
  16. 16. Accuracy in Prediction of Technological progression<br />Right About how computers will become more complicated, powerful and integrated in infrastructure systems<br />Already taking place now with traffic systems, power grids, and phone lines <br />Colony on the moon! <br />Plans were made during the Bush Administration<br />Electromagnetic Catapult, could be constructed in theory<br />
  17. 17. Summary<br />The colonization and eventual independence of the moon is a common topic of sci-fi, Heinlein was the pioneer<br />His prediction of what the future will look like and how events will unfold are scary realistic<br />In my opinion the political and technological are almost spot on<br />