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Friday by Robert A. Heinlein

Friday (edition 1983)

by Robert A. Heinlein

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Authors:Robert A. Heinlein
Info:Del Rey (1983), Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
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I read this book a long time ago so I don't remember too much about it. From the inside cover: Friday is her name...She is as thoroughly resourceful as she is strikingly beautiful. She is one of the best interplanetary agents in the business. And she is anArtifical Person...the ultimate glory of genetic engineering.

I remember I liked the premise of a female action figure and it seems to me that Winnipeg even gets mentioned in it (not the only time this happens in his books. I wonder what the connection was?) ( )
  gypsysmom | Aug 20, 2017 |
A fantastic sci-fi story with several twists and turns I wasn't expecting. I enjoyed the exploration of relationships and communication, even if Heinlein's goal wasn't actually to show how these things were plausible. ( )
  Pepperwings | Jun 17, 2017 |
Ah me, where to begin? The story gets off to a cracking, if distasteful, start and this had all the makings of a neat little SF thriller. And maybe picking a late-period Heinlein novel might have been a good thing. But then what does the old goat do? He slams on the brakes and sends our erstwhile heroine, Friday, off to New Zealand for some R n R with her "Group Family". Yes, old Bob is back to expounding his views on polygamy, free love and alternatives ways of living.

But once you derail a story, especially a would-be high-octane thriller, it's hard to get it back on track. Heinlein then proceeds to shunt Friday around the politically realigned federations of North America, throwing in a set of world and space-wide assassinations for good measure, along the way forgetting to advance anything remotely resembling a plot. It's almost like he came up with this character, liked her, then didn't quite have a story to tell.

So instead we get a tour of a future Earth where America has fractured into mini-countries, as has Canada. Where petty wars start for no apparent reason and multi-national corporations have the same status as countries. It's all very long winded and repetitive. Friday comes over as a cross between GI Jane and an idiot savant with a voracious sexual appetite for both sexes. But hey, in Bob's future world that's all great because like, traditional family structures and social mores are like sooooo 20th Century, man.

Heinlein could still write zinging prose when he wanted to, but this novel is baggy, weighed down with cod philosophy, plot strands that never get tied up and an ending that seems to be part of an entirely different novel. With judicious editing this could have been a good 200 page SF thriller, instead of a 400 page polished turd.

Disappointing. ( )
  David.Manns | Nov 28, 2016 |
Fairly entertaining but it could have been shorter. ( )
  BellaStormborn | Aug 1, 2016 |
SF adventure story that always reads as sexist to me. Check out the vacant eyed bimbo on the cover or, failing that the quote on the back "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." Thank you, Theodore Sturgeon. ( )
2 vote wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
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Ze heet Vrijdag, is even vindingrijk als verblindend mooi en is één van de beste interplanetaire agenten. Bovendien is zij een kunstmens...

Vrijdag wordt geëxploiteerd door een man, waarvan zij niet meer weet dan dat hij haar opdrachtgever is. Opererend vanaf de Aarde, in een tijd dat Amerika nog slechts een samenraapsel is van enkele dozijnen staatjes, waar cultuur nog nauwelijks betekenis heeft en een blijmoedig soort chaos heerst, vormt ze een soort speelbal binnen het ogenschijnlijk grillige opdrachtenpatroon van haar baas.

Vrijdag weet haar evenwichtigheid op vaardige wijze te behouden door snelle en creatieve oplossingen, terwijl ze van de ene calamiteit in het volgende probleem verzeild raakt. Vertwijfeld in haar opstelling ten aanzien van de mensen waarmee ze werkt en de relaties die daaruit voortvloeien, weet ze nooit of ze nu een stap voor- of achterloopt op de uiteindelijke lotbeschikking van het menselijke ras.
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This book is dedicated to Ann, Anne, Barbie, Betsy, Bubbles, Carolyn, Catherine, Dian, Diane, Eleanor, Elinor, Gay, Jeanne, Joan, Judy-Lynn, Karen, Kathleen, Marilyn, Nichelle, Patricia, Pepper, Polly, roberta, Ramea, Rebel, Ursula, Verna, Vivian, Vonda, Yumiko, and always - semper toujours! - to Ginny R.A.H.
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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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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.

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