I recently polled coworkers for favorite science fiction novels; since then I’ve started to work through some of them. The strongest recommendation came for The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Having now finished it, I can see why. It’s a novel that is political, whimsical, distinctly Heinlein (line marriages, hah). It discusses mass kill vehicles (though not relativistic kill vehicles), artificial intelligence, global and interstellar governance, penal colonies (though somehow the absurdity of shipping criminals to the moon still itches the back of my mind), polyamory, the economics of interstellar trade, revolution, and a bunch of other things. And, quite unexpectedly, I now appreciate where “we throw rocks at them” came from in Scalzi’s trilogy.
It’s everything science fiction should be — intelligent, whimsical, entertaining, an thought-provoking. 10/10.