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