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“His best since The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.” Jerry Pournelle

“A charming protagonist in a story as sleekly engineered as a starship. This one should fly.”—Publishers Weekly

“One of Heinlein’s best, which is to say one of the best in all of Science Fiction—terrific story with a superbly realized heroine and world.”—Poul Anderson

Friday is a secret courier and ardent lover. Employed by a man she only knows of as “Boss”, she is given the most awkward and dangerous cases, which take her from New Zealand to Canada, and through the new States of America’s disunion, all the way out into the stars and the new colony of Botany Bay.

Thrust into one calamity after another, she uses her enhanced wits and very many skills to evade, seduce or even kill her way out of any sticky situation she finds herself in. For she is both superior and inferior to the average human.

As an AP—artificial person—the best humanity has to offer has been written into Friday’s DNA. Yet she is often treated like a second class citizen—if she were ever able to claim citizenship. Her mother was the test tube and her father the knife, as the saying goes, so she has less rights than the biologically-born human, and no soul, according to the church.

But in Friday Heinlein has created one of the most enlightened, warm, engaging and humane characters in the science fiction field, gifting us a novel of female empowerment that was well ahead of its time.

“One of Heinlein’s best, which is to say one of the best in all of Science Fiction—terrific story with a superbly realized heroine and world.”—Poul Anderson

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433245602
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 05/01/2008
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 10
Product dimensions: 6.78(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.17(d)

About the Author

Robert Anson Heinlein was born in Missouri in 1907, and was raised there. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1929, but was forced by illness to retire from the Navy in 1934. He settled in California and over the next five years held a variety of jobs while doing post-graduate work in mathematics and physics at the University of California. In 1939 he sold his first science fiction story to Astounding magazine and soon devoted himself to the genre.

He was a four-time winner of the Hugo Award for his novels Stranger in a Strange Land (1961), Starship Troopers (1959), Double Star (1956), and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (1966). His Future History series, incorporating both short stories and novels, was first mapped out in 1941. The series charts the social, political, and technological changes shaping human society from the present through several centuries into the future.

Robert A. Heinlein’s books were among the first works of science fiction to reach bestseller status in both hardcover and paperback. he continued to work into his eighties, and his work never ceased to amaze, to entertain, and to generate controversy. By the time he died, in 1988, it was evident that he was one of the formative talents of science fiction: a writer whose unique vision, unflagging energy, and persistence, over the course of five decades, made a great impact on the American mind.

Date of Birth:

July 7, 1907

Date of Death:

May 8, 1988

Place of Birth:

Butler, Missouri

Place of Death:

Carmel, California


Graduate of U.S. Naval Academy, 1929; attended University of California, Los Angeles, 1934, for graduate study in physic

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Friday 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Lexington_Girl88 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Published in 1982 and still totally relevant. The author was a true visionary. But be prepared for many spelling and other word errors in this digital version.
HoffK More than 1 year ago
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)..
Guest More than 1 year ago
best ever i loved it keep it real you got game
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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ragwaine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Witty dialogue was the only reason it didn't get a half star. No plot, too much sex (can't belive I'm saying this).
Kellswitch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this back in Junior HIgh when I was first discovering science fiction and was well into my Heinlein phase of this. At the time I enjoyed it, and I still do enjoy parts of it, but even back then I had problems with the sex and how the characters main identity seemed to be her sexuality and conforming to what others (more often men than women) wanted from her in regards to sex. She was supposed to be this tough, independent superwoman and in the end it all came down to her willingness to sleep with anyone at any time.And the less said about the rape the better, as I got older and began to understand more, I lost all respect for Heinlien as a person for that scene, and it's colored everything else I've read by him since.As much as I enjoyed it at the time, I can't give it a good rating based on the handling of the rape and his warped views on women and independence as a whole
RRHowell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is Heinlein that I am reluctant to recommend because he indulges in his delight in encouraging free sex to an extreme. There are also rape and torture scenes. Nothing too strong for an adult, but I would not had this one to a teenager.
endersreads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the first and last part of this book--where we follow Friday on her courier missions. The sexuality was a big turn-off for me. I got my fill of "polyamorous social group structures" in "Brave New World". Unlike Heinlein, I don't look at sex as "the greatest thing ever", in fact, far from it in my opinion. Even though Heinlein does not go into any detail with the sexual situations of Friday between men, women, groups of men and women, APs, etc... I find myself slightly sickened by what is mentioned and I did vomit a little at the ending. I went in well knowing of Heinlein's sexuality, and his style, so I'll shut up. I could not help but think through it all that this is where Rare got their "Perfect Dark". I love that 64 game! Heinlein really did make me hate Friday's "S Family". One huge disappointment was that Friday did not get the money back the family swindled from her and Anita (#1 antagonist) did not get what was coming to her. I enjoyed the diagrams of Lupus and Centaurus and the technical explanations of the hyperspaceship's planned course! Boss would be proud. I'd kill for Janet's hideaway! I must say the most sexually deviant person in the book is Betty--what a slitch!
pgiunta on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
She is trained in physical combat and weaponry, incredibly strong, fast, and determined never to fail at her job as a combat courier. She is also sexy, loving, and beautiful (though she'd argue the latter). Her name is Friday...and she's an artificial woman. Simply put, Friday was created in a lab. Thus, while her appearance is completely human, she doesn't fully grasp human emotions, reactions, and customs.Our story begins with Friday returning from a secret courier mission assigned by her employer, known only to her as "Boss" (until about 3/4 into the story, but no spoilers). However, she is betrayed by one of their own, captured, tortured, and gang-raped until she is rescued by operatives.However, Friday doesn't appear to sustain much, if any, emotional damage from the experience. She is enraged, but not distraught, nor does she seem to suffer the deep trauma and shame that most rape victims experience. I'm not sure if this was due to her training and conditioning or if Heinlein merely downplayed that to keep the story moving.Friday is almost immediately ready to get back to work but Boss insists that she take downtime. The next several chapters of the book follow Friday as she takes a vacation and ends up signing on to join an extended family in New Zealand. However, when they learn that she is artificial, the head of the family turns on her and breaks Friday's contract. From there, Friday tries to return to Boss back in California but is sidetracked by terrorist attacks and petty wars between nations. While traveling through Canada, she finds herself taken in by a semi-ballistic ship captain named Ian. He brings her home and introduces her to his wife, a fiercly strong-willed woman named Janet, and her other husband, Georges. Instantly, Friday bonds with Janet, with whom she nearly makes love. She also bonds with Ian and Georges, with whom she does make love.As the acts of terrorism force states and nations to close borders, Friday finds it ever challenging to return to HQ, taking on many identities, jobs, friends, lovers, and a few near-fatal adventures along the way. When she finally reaches Boss again, in a completely new secret HQ, he takes her off courier duty and places her in academic study, which is disrupted by events outside her control.Friday then finds herself out of work, but not out of options. She takes one last courier job off-world, one that changes her life drastically and forever. In the mind-boggling, incredibly detailed world that Heinlein lays out for us, sex comes free and easy. I lost count of how many lovers (men or women) that Friday slept with through the course of the story. However, Heinlein's writing is never pornographic, never erotic. It is merely suggestive and, at times, comedic. National boundaries no longer exist as we know them. Many of the states are now sovereign countries as are the provinces and territories in Canada. New Zealand and British Canada are the best nations on Earth though society at large is in decay. There may even be another pandemic plague on the horizon. Polygamy and homosexuality are common and as accepted as the green of grass and the blue of sky. Artifical persons, however, not so much. Families are managed more like corporations, their foundations seemingly driven by finance first, love second. Heinlein is known for presenting ingenious social commentary in his stories and that is prevalent in Friday. Although the term "internet" is never used explicitly, the information and communication technologies described in the story are prescient. Overall, Friday is an engaging read, drawing you into a society that, to be honest, may not be too far in our own future.
mfassold on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Run of the mill Heinlein book--strong female character--adventure. Not my favorite of his books, but I enjoyed it anyways.
baggette on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
another of the first Sci-Fi books I read in 1983. I want to build that house someday. That is the coolest secret passageway EVER!This book lead me on to read more Heinlien and then Asimov and Norton, Tolkien, and Zimmer-Bradely
gbanville on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Heinlein introduces many original and somewhat confusing concepts in this book, though it makes for a very exciting read and forces you to think. It is almost impossible for someone without a liberal education and a bit of experience to fully understand it.The most astounding prediction here is the research capabilities made possible by modern computer networks. Tough he may already have been somewhat familiar with computer networks as of this book's publication. However analysis such as Friday was able to do would require some very sophisticated and flexible data analysis programs.
jshillingford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Heinlein was gifted in being able to comment on current social issues without being obvious about it. Friday is an artificial person and a top secret currier. But, the very world she fights for doesn't recognize her rights as a living being. Fantastic futuristic story that subtley chastises prejudice against those that are different. Though not as good as "Stranger in a Strange Land," still a five star read.
szarka on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Heinlein couldn't write from a female perspective to save his life; but I enjoy Friday anyway, both as an adventure story and as a meditation on the meaning of family.
Meggo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story of an interplanetary super-courier with accelerated reflexes and a heightened libido is a tale for strong women everywhere. Heinlein's female leads tend to be a curious combination of strong and situationally meek (subservient to their men at times, subservient to societal roles at other times), but the overall feeling that one is left with is that Friday is a strong and empowered woman. This book is written in a lighthearted style that captures a sense of fun and play while still being able to trigger feelings of empathy for the lead character, Friday Jones. Of all the books in my library, this one has been re-read the most, simply because it's such a pleasure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book should be required reading for all high school freshmen. It is fun, thought provoking, and Heinline is addictive!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this once as a teenager, my mom let me borrow the book. I searched for years to get my own copy when my mother finally gave me hers. It's almost falling apart now but I can't bear to part with it. I was so happy when it was finally available on Nook. Now, I can revisit Friday and her chums as often as I like without feeling bad about my poor tattered paperback.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In my opinion this is very nearly the best book Heinlein wrote. I do know that it is my favorite. I am glad that his young adult stories are being published in ebook form now. I have missed them in the last two decades.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago