Friday

Friday

Book - 1997
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"AS JOYOUS TO READ AS IT IS PROVOCATIVE . . . Friday is all woman . . . She is as strong and resourceful and decisive as any Heinlein hero; in addition she is loving (oh, yes) and tender and very, very female."
--Los Angeles Times

Friday is a secret courier. She is employed by a man known to her only as "Boss." Operating from and over a near-future Earth, where chaos is the happy norm, she finds herself on assignment at Boss's seemingly whimsical behest. From New Zealand to Canada, from one to another of the new states of America's disunion, she keeps her balance nimbly with quick, expeditious solutions to one calamity and scrape after another.

Not since Valentine Michael Smith, hero of the bestselling Stranger in a Strange Land, has Robert Heinlein created a more captivating protagonist. Friday proves once again why Robert Heinlein's novels have sold more than 50 million copies, have won countless awards, and have earned him the title of Grand Master of Science Fiction.

"FRIDAY IS A SUPERBEING. . . . Engineered from the finest genes, and trained to be a secret courier in a future world of chaotic ferocity and intrigue, she can think better and make love better than any of the normal people around her."
--The New York Times Book Review
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1997
Edition: 1st Ballantine Books trade ed
ISBN: 9780345414007
0345414004
Branch Call Number: HEIN
Characteristics: 368 p. : ill. ; 21 cm

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Tachikoma Mar 08, 2014

I have read Friday at least three times and enjoyed it a great deal. Heinlein doesn’t sink into the boring slump of characters seating around and chit chatting as he was known to do in he’s later works. He keeps the plot chugging along. Friday herself narrates the tale, and she charms the reader in the cheerful sexpot way many of Heinlein’s female characters do. It should be noted the novel was published early eighties during he’s last years. One can see when he writes about artificial humans. He only little goes over it and then moves on unlike Philip K Dick. It’s interesting to note that while Robert A Heinlein it still seen as a master of the science fiction, Friday is good expel of that fact, he was very much of his time which is to say the fifties early sixties. That being said I would recommend this novel for someone who like a quick fun wild science fiction tale with not a lot of heavy thought to it.

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StarGladiator
Feb 01, 2013

This may possibly have been Heinlein's swan song, when he was nearing death, and wanted to write the last real novel expressing his change in sentiments (he made some faulty predictions about American Exceptionalism which he appeared to be backtracking on a bit). Heinlein, when young, was a progressive, then after his second marriage devolved into a libertarian/conservative type, and appears to have swung back to his origins somewhat with this novel -- a welcome change indeed!

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Jean-Pierre Lebel
Apr 28, 2012

This was my first reading experience of Heinlein and was probably a good place to start. Friday is the story of an artificial person who works as a courier in the future. Her job is dangerous, but we discover early that so is she. Initially the story is quick and action-based, but then the action slows down (though the interest doesn't). As the story progresses the reader is presented with a lot of ideas to consider in vein of Blade Runner or some of Asimov's work. What makes someone or something human? What will artificially intelligent beings have to endure in the future if they become self-aware? Difficult questions that Heinlein explores with sensitivity.

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marksantoski
Aug 25, 2011

Lacks the thought and charm of Heinlein's other novels.

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