Monday, 28 November 2005

'Moon is a Harsh Mistress' on film soon?

I've now seen Serenity, about which I'm maintaining a discrete silence in the interests of blogetic harmony, but those who rate Serenity and its companions Angel, and Firefly will be excited to hear that Tim Minear, executive producer for the latter two series, is writing a screenplay for Robert Heinlein's story of libertarian revolution, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, and according to some in the know, he 'gets it.'

BK Marcus is one who reckons Minear gets it; he also has the story onwho exactly Heinlein's character Professor Bernardo de la Paz was based. [Hat tip Wally Conger]


  1. Robert Winefield28 Nov 2005, 11:39:00

    Hmmm, well he wouldn't have to try hard to improve on the last Heinlein book to be adapted to the screen... Starship Troopers was bloody awful - except for the co-ed shower sceen, so long as you turned the sound down to blot out the inane dialogue...

  2. Yeah, that film was worse than embarrassing. Makes me shudder to think about it. Less said, the better.:-/

    But to be fair, most SF films are embarrassing IMO.

  3. Oh I thought Starship Troopers was funny - as in funny like Team America World Police. But yes I realise that it wasn't meant to be - unlike TAWP.

  4. The Starship Troopers movie was great! Captured the essence of the book extremely well. It was a schlocky military sf story written in the 50s for adolscent boys to enjoy, in which the 'good guys' are an all-controlling world govt. It's a fine example of the genre. The movie was very self-consciously a 50s SF movie, with 90s special effects.

    If you expected more from the movie, well, maybe you read a different book.

    Moon is a Harsh Mistress was my favorite book in high school, but suffers badly these days from the underlying premise that no-one expects computer systems to be hacked and do dodgy things (coz a calculator is either right, or wrong, right?).

    It's odd in hindsight to see that this seemed a believable premise in 1970. But you can't get a believable film out of it these days.

  5. It's not so much about hacking the computer system, but befriending it as it develops it's own AI and having the computer on your side, during the revolution. That will certainly work as in film in today's age.

    (showing geekeness, again ;-)

  6. I agree that it's not about hacking. But nonetheless mycroft only gets away with it works because the administration trusts its computer.

  7. Aha, but even so: being self-aware, Mycroft would know how to hide from the administration whatever he need to hide. :-)

  8. Now I'm going to have to rat through all the boxes from the last move and find the book!


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