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The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

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The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, first editionFirst edition
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First publication

Literature form

Science fiction

Writing language

Author's country
United States

Approx. 156,000 words

Plays, radio plays, movies, television episodes

Notable lines

I see in Lunaya Pravda that Luna City Council has passed on first reading a bill to examine, license, inspect—and tax—public food vendors operating inside municipal pressure.

— First line

There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.


One might define adulthood as the age at which a person learns that he must die ...and accepts his sentence undismayed.


Revolution is an art that I pursue rather than a goal I expect to achieve. Nor is this a source of dismay; a lost cause can be as spiritually satisfying as a victory.


My word, I'm not even a hundred yet.

— Last line


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