Friday

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Engineered from the finest genes, and trained to be a secret courier in a future world, Friday operates over a near-future Earth, where chaos reigns. Working at Boss's whimsical behest she travels from far north to deep south, finding quick, expeditious solutions as one calamity after another threatens to explode in her face....
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Overview

Engineered from the finest genes, and trained to be a secret courier in a future world, Friday operates over a near-future Earth, where chaos reigns. Working at Boss's whimsical behest she travels from far north to deep south, finding quick, expeditious solutions as one calamity after another threatens to explode in her face....
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What People Are Saying

Harlan Ellison
Get it, enjoy it, and trumpet the news: Heinlein's back -- and better than ever.
Jerry Pournelle
His best since The Moon is a Harsh Mistress...The old Master's back.
Frederick Pohl
...The Grand Master has done it again: Friday is as tight and fast-paced as a Puppetmaster's, and even more fun to read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345309884
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/1983
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 333,860
  • Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert A. Heinlein
A science fiction pioneer, Robert A. Heinlein wrote popular stories that doubled as vessels for his political and cultural observations. In classics such as Stranger in a Strange Land and Starship Troopers, Heinlein blended suspenseful adventure with (sometimes controversial) visions of alternate worlds.

Biography

Robert Anson Heinlein was born in Butler, Missouri in 1907. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he was retired, disabled, in 1934. He studied mathematics and physics at the graduate school of the University of California and owned a silver mine before beginning to write science fiction in 1939. In 1947 his first book of fiction, Rocket Ship Galileo, was published.

Heinlein was guest commentator for the Apollo 11 first lunar landing. In 1975 he received the Grand Master Nebula Award for lifetime achievement. Mr. Heinlein died in 1988.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Books (USA).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Anson MacDonald; Robert Anson Heinlein (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 7, 1907
    2. Place of Birth:
      Butler, Missouri
    1. Date of Death:
      May 8, 1988
    2. Place of Death:
      Carmel, California

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2000

    Heinlein Strikes Again!!

    This is one of Heinlein's great books. I enjoyed reading this very much. It's about a strong undercover operatinve agent that finds herself in grave danger when she notices that people are tailing her all over the place.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2011

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    All time favorite! Highly recommend - timeless!

    Someone should update the cover ! This is a super book. I had to read it for a class this fall and it started me reading all of Heinlein's stuff! Wow I am not a scifi/fantasy fan at all, but I just had to write something about this book, it is great. Friday is a character you can get into, and Heinlein's future is believeable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

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    Friday by Robert A. Heinlein

    I read this book originally because I belong to a Barnes and Noble Book club and it was one of our selections. I found it very creative and interesting but I could tell even though it was written from Friday's perpective (Female) that a man had written it. I enjoyed it and found the view of the future a bit weird and offbeat. (Not a bad read)..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2003

    dud got, game

    best ever i loved it keep it real you got game

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2003

    Seemingly missing a plot, but verry good none the less...

    I have read Heinlein's 'Starship Troopers,' and 'The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.' While the latter won some SF awards, I found this to be the best of what I have read of Heinlein's work so far. It is very sexual, and at times I wondered if he just wrote it to flesh out his dirty fantasys and describe some of his favorit meals (the food descriptions are simple, but VERY effective--they always made me hungry!). However, it's still a page turner even without these elements. There appears to be almost no plot until the end of the book. The main character seems to bounce from one dilemma to the next as she trys to find her place in the world (the hidden plot). I have read it twice. If you like this author's other character driven stories, you will like this one too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2000

    Did a dirty old man write this?

    This is the third book I have read of Heinlein's. The two other being: 'Starship Troopers' and 'The Puppet Masters'. What made these two books so intriguing is that Heinlein packed hard social and political commentary into stories that had creative ideas and good action. This book had none of those elements. It was a little interesting to see the prejudice issues that this Artificial Person had to deal with because of her superior abilities. But if she was so freak'in smart and able to make these wonderful conclusions by incorporating great masses of data than she definitely could have found a better job then a lowly 'courier'. You are much better reading some of Heinlein's other work.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2012

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    ┬┐Friday┬┐ by Robert Heinlein is an entertaining Science Fiction

    “Friday” by Robert Heinlein is an entertaining Science Fiction book that centers around a man-made engineered creation who has it all. Friday is a character who has great brainpower, beauty, impeccable fighting skills, and is popular with both men and women. There was at least one circumstance in the book that I took issue with. For instance, pages 9-10 deal with Friday being raped. I understand that the author probably meant well when writing a character who can supposedly force herself to act like she likes it. However, the only issue with this rape inclusion is that even with fiction writing, the questions raised from the incident would potentially muddy the waters of the hurt that some other rape targets may have suffered. Aside from this caveat, there are also some controversial circumstances in the book that were ok with me. For example, on page 40 Friday is asked about her marital status and the number of husbands that she has. This was also alluded to on pages 48-50 where Friday is given a choice of joining a marriage unit that consists of at least two wives(aside from herself) and three husbands. Yes, the multiple marriage concept does sound far-fetched but I humbly predict that it may become an actual reality within the next 300 years at the most. For this reasons, “Friday” by Robert Heinlein is a classic science fiction book for those who are open-minded to potential scenarios in a futuristic society.

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