Friday

Friday

Paperback - 1982
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Random House, Inc.
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....

Baker & Taylor
In a Balkanized North America of the near future, threatened by imminent extinction, a strikingly beautiful and resourceful interplanetary secret agent--an Artificial Person named Friday--tries to survive a gigantic human comedy

Publisher: New York : Holt, Rinehart and Winston, c1982
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780030615535
0030615534
9780030615160
003061516X
9780345309884
034530988X
Branch Call Number: F HEI
Characteristics: 368 p. : 24 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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