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Old 24-11-2014, 08:13 PM   #195
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In 2075, underground colonies are scattered across the Moon (Luna), of which most inhabitants (called "Loonies") are criminals, political exiles, or descendants thereof. The total population is about 3 million, with men outnumbering women 2:1, so that polyandry is the norm. Although Earth's Protector of the Lunar Colonies (called the "Warden") holds power, in practice there is little intervention in the loose Lunar society..HOLMES IV ("High-Optional, Logical, Multi-Evaluating Supervisor, Mark IV") is the Lunar Authority's master computer, having almost total control of Luna's machinery on the grounds that a single computer is cheaper than (though not as safe as) multiple independent systems..Mannie names it "Mike" after Mycroft Holmes, brother of Sherlock...

At the beginning of the story, Mannie, at Mike's request, places a recorder in an anti-Authority meeting..When the authorities raid the gathering, Mannie flees with Wyoming ("Wyoh") Knott, a statuesque blonde agitator, whom he introduces to Mike and with whom he goes to see his former teacher, the elderly Professor Bernardo de la Paz, who claims that Luna must stop exporting hydroponic wheat to Earth or its resources will be exhausted.. In connection with this, Mike calculates that if no prevention occurs, there will be food riots in se7en years and cannibalism in nine.. Wyoh and the Professor decide to start a revolution, which Mannie is persuaded to join at Mike's behest..Mannie, Wyoh, and de la Paz thereafter form covert cells, protected by Mike, who adopts the persona of "Adam Selene", leader of the movement, and communicates via the telephone system..

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The situation depicted in the 2nd and 3rd part of the novel resembles the rebellion of the Lunar colony described in another science-fiction novel Time Out of Joint, by PK. Dick.. While the opposition between Earth and Moon echoes the historical conflict between the United States and the British Empire, the way the Lunar rebels force Earth to acknowledge their independence is similar to the one they adopt in Dick's novel (launching missiles, some with nuclear warheads, in an unpredictable fashion)..When discussing the resource loss on Luna and likelihood of ensuing food riots, Professor de la Paz suggests that Mannie read the work of Malthus..His An Essay on the Principle of Population observed that sooner or later population will be checked by famine and disease, leading to what is known as a Malthusian catastrophe.. He wrote in opposition to the popular view in 18th-century Europe that saw society as improving and in principle as perfectible.. He thought that the dangers of population growth precluded progress towards a utopian society: "The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man"..The lunar action takes place in Mare Crisium and the novel makes accurate references to such nearby locales as Crater Peirce. According to the narrator, most people live in one of 6 major underground "warrens" linked by "tube", a system of underground trains..By the 17th century, Mare Crisium had acquired the name 'Caspian Sea' it occupies roughly the same position on the Moon's face as does the Caspian Sea on Earth, with respect to maps of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East..Mare Crisium is just visible from Earth with the naked eye as a small dark spot on the edge of the Moon's face..It is the site of the crash-landing of Soviet Luna 15 probe.. A soil sample from Mare Crisium was successfully brought to Earth on 22 August 76 by the Soviet lunar mission Luna 24..The English astronomer William Gilbert's map of c.1600 calls it 'Brittania' after Britain...'s wrong with having it good for a change?. Now they're gonna let us have it good if we just help 'em..They're gonna leave us alone, let us make some money.. You can have a little taste of that good life too..Now, I know you want it.. Hell, everybody does..We all sell out every day, might as well be on the winning team...

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