That Dinkum Thinkum is the first of three sections in the book Moon is a Harsh Mistress. It is set in Luna City in the late 21st Century. Luna City is one of the colonies of the moon , made as a permanent exile for hard case criminals. It’s made as a permanent exile because after remaining on luna for about a month, without aid, one physiology changes making it near impossible to for them to return to earth; So Luna’s population is predominantly ex-convicts and descendants of ex-cons in domed cities.
Mannuel Garcia O’kelly Davis, the main protagonist of Moon’s a harsh mistress, and is THE computer repairman of luna sent to fix or check Mike( a superior Dinkum Thinkum, or a advanced Artificial Intelligence) for faults. After speaking with Speaking with Mike, Mannuel learns that one of Mike’s audio pickups have been shut off and promises him that he will record it. (This sets off the story). When Mannuel arrives at the place, he learns that there’s a protest ...view middle of the document...
From there Mannuel is officially brought into the revolution and the revolution is planned with a goal for independence and to save Luna from its horrible fate the would come in a predicted estimate of 7-10 years.
A Rabble in Arms
Mike impersonates the Warden in messages to Earth, to give the revolution time to organize their work. Meanwhile, the Professor sets up an "Ad-Hoc Congress" to distract dissenters. When Earth finally learns the truth, Luna declares its independence on July 4, 2076, the 300th anniversary of the United States' Declaration of Independence. Mannie AKA Mannuel and the Professor go to Earth to plead Luna's case and embark on a world tour advertising the benefits of a free Luna, while urging various governments to build a catapult to transfer supplies to Luna in exchange for grain. Their proposals are rejected and they are imprisoned; but they are freed. Meanwhile on Luna, the news of Mannuel's arrest and the attempt to bribe him with the appointment of himself as Warden have unified the normally fractious Loonies. An election is held in which Mannie, Wyoh, and the Professor are elected.
Tanstaafl ( There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch!)
The Federated Nations on Earth send armies to destroy the Lunar revolution, but they were vanquished, with great loss of life, by the revolutionaries. The rumor is circulated that Mike's alter-ego Adam Selene was among those killed, thus removing the need for him to appear in the flesh.A second attack destroys Mike's original catapult, but the Loonies have built a secondary smaller one in a secret location, and with Mannie acting as its on-site commander, the Loonies continue to attack Earth until it concedes Luna's independence. Professor Bernardo de la Paz, as leader of the nation, proclaims victory to the gathered crowds; but collapses and dies. Mannie takes control, but he and Wyoh eventually withdraw from politics altogether, and find that the new government falls short of their expectations. When Mannie tries to speak to Mike afterwards, the latter's replies indicate that the computer has lost its self-awareness and its human-like qualities, as a result either of damage suffered in the war or of shock undergone therein.