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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  18,171 ratings  ·  410 reviews

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....

hardback, 368 pages
Published by Holt, Rinehart & Winston (first published 1982)
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Stephen
Robert Anson Heinlein…shame on you, sir. W…T…everwomanhating…F were you thinking when you wrote this drivel?

Friday is, in my irritated opinion, the most offensive and childishly ridiculous female protagonist since Russ Meyer and Roger Corman teamed up to co-direct Planet of the Nympho Bimbos Part II: Attack of the Soapy Breast Monsters.**

** Not a real film, so don’t bother searching Amazon for it.

Pardon my soap boxing, but this is a despicable pile of misogynistic shit that should have been d...more
Owen
The first few pages had me thinking "Wow, when the old goat isn't preaching his agenda of communal polygamist living and actually TELLS A STORY, he makes you remember how good he is at it!" Then he promptly settles in for about 100 pages of agenda and leaves most of the potential that this character had to fizzle. Even though Friday is just another incarnation of Heinlein's typical horny-bimbo-with-a-Ph.D. dream girl (and there's nothing wrong with that), her artificial person status, ninja-like...more
James
Jan 11, 2008 James rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of late Heinlein, Cyberpunk fans.
This book is an old friend of mine. I originally picked it up after seeing the cover art and reading the description in Michael Whelan's "Worlds of Wonder" - a book of his art. It was the first Heinlein I'd read.

When I first read this book, Friday was among the first female action heroines I'd run across. She was smart. She was sexy (er... almost to excess), she was tough, and, I thought, still feminine. Subsequent readings dimmed that a bit. Friday is a good attempt to create a believable femal...more
Jake Mosely
Heinlein's age really shows in this one. The most noticeable things about Heinlein's later works are his twin obsessions with free love and breakfast. This book features several pointless sexual encounters and equally pointless detailed descriptions of breakfasts. While the sexuality can come off a bit "creepy old dude" the breakfasts are entertaining, well described slices of an old man's true joys extrapolated into his story. I really would only recommend this one for those with previous Heinl...more
R.S. Carter
A friend of mine slipped me this soft cover at my book club. He thought I would enjoy it. He was right.

While the exploits of our genetically-engineered superhuman in love, sex and war are fun to read about, Heinlein's futuristic milieu's are always the front runner. The world is broken and the worst of the extremes have begun vying for power. What side would you rather be on? The fascist socialists who kill anyone with a savings account or the theocracy hell bent on removing rights from everyone...more
Rachel
(written 5-05)

Yyyyyyeah! Loved it. Heinlein sure knows how to write a good story, even if his female characters are always bi-curious sex maniacs in favor of free love with multiple partners. For an artificial person, Friday seems pretty damn human. I liked the mystery in the plot and just how bad-ass she was.

"I did not offer to pay the Hunters. There are human people who have very little but are rich in dignity and self-respect. Their hospitality is not for sale, nor is their charity." 178

"A re...more
Alex
I read this book several times as a teenager, because it had sex scenes. I may still have a thing for short-haired women in high-collared jumpsuits. (May. I don't actually know, since that doesn't exist.)

So I dug it back then, even though I realized at the time that it had both storytelling and philosophical problems, and I'm leaving my five-star nostalgia review of a different edition up. But now I'm 40, and this book is terrible.

It has zero plot, first of all. Just no plot at all. It's, like,...more
LittleAsian Sweatshop
I admit it. I'm a Heinlein junkie. I'm not sure if there is a rehab or a self-help group out there for me, but even if there was one, I'm not sure if I would even want to go to it. It's Heinlein after all! I've read everything from his lesser-known earlier works like "Orphans in the Sky", to his Juveniles like "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress", to his Lazarus Long series, even is famous "Stranger in a Strange Land", to even his non-fiction work. And although I love them all, I must say, that Friday...more
Mike
Not my favorite Heinlein book, and not his best, but certainly not the worst. After The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, much of his works started becoming a little redundant in their characterizations ('good' women are always super smart and sexy and love to fuck, 'good' men are always brave and strong, both have frontier ideals and want a free society of people just like them who all fuck each other without jealousy and live in group marriages) and a little slower in their plot machinations (they spe...more
CD
I am naming this an all time favorite as it is Heinleins own response to all those misguided self-righteous 'literary critics' and college lit professors who needed a scapegoat in popular fiction for a twenty year period of time.

There are reviews here at Goodreads that obviously have been written by those readers so tainted by the 'legend' of Heinlein and his misanthropic misogyny, jingoism, and racism that they fail to recognize or can only grudgingly admit there is much more else to RH and the...more
Lafcadio
Aug 12, 2007 Lafcadio rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fly
Shelves: 850-905, suite, fanscifree
I have my suspicions about Heinlein's women. Friday seems the embodyment of them all.
Kathleen Dienne
Asking me to pick my favorite Heinlein is like asking me to pick my favorite friend. My favorite changes depending on my feelings, my life at that moment, and probably a heap of things I don't even notice.

I loved science fiction and fantasy from an early age, but the heroes I found were almost entirely male. Females were either supporting characters or props.

Friday is tough, independent, brave, and makes things happen. She wrestles with insecurity, but it never keeps her from taking action. At...more
Kathryn Flatt
I read "Friday" many years ago, and only because I forgot to send back the monthly card for the book club I was in and this was a default selection! Yet it stays in a level of memory that is easily retrievable. The main character, Friday, is the kind of heroine that always captures me--strong, resourceful, brave--the kind of woman protagonist I strive to create in my own books.

The thing that continues to amaze me is how prophetic it is, considering it was published in 1982. The world is a diffe...more
Mei
This is one of my all-time favorite Heinlein novels. Friday is a wonderful heroine - not one-dimensional, and so on.

The world that Friday lives in was echoed slightly in Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash (another all-time favorite novel of mine). In Friday, the protagonist is an artificial person ("AP") with enhanced reflexes and intelligence. She is a highly trained courier: "it WILL get through."

There is one rape scene which can set one off a bit, but I found it to be accurate to the story: in cont...more
Mario
Phenomenal story. The ending (view spoiler) was fine.

I do not at all agree with some reviewers that would describe the book as misogynistic, or that Friday is merely a man with [boobs] (although I have not yet...more
Gary Foss
For my entire adult life, and a bit back before becoming an adult, I have walked to the “Science Fiction” section of the book store and seen this book lurking there. The cover with the unzipped jumpsuit, “Ooh, silly me, is that my right breast?” has always vaguely piqued my attention. But never quite enough to inspire me to actually purchase the thing. There are, after all, Boris Vellejo covers not too far away, and those are going to draw my eye and empty my wallet faster when I’m looking for s...more
Terence
Nov 22, 2011 Terence rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Terence by: The cover (obviously)
Shelves: sf-fantasy
I read this in high school (the cover really helps these star ratings). If I were to reread this today (which I have no desire to do), I would give it 2 stars, mostly for the ending ((view spoiler)).

Addendum (11/22/11):
Upon further reflection and in light of the comments below, I'm revising my rating to 2 stars: Get past chapter one and ignore the ending a...more
Maria
May 07, 2007 Maria rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Female SF Fans
Shelves: sf
This is an excellent SF novel with a female heroine. Friday is smart, sexy and utterly female. Despite her superhuman abilities and sex drive (wouldn't we all have that kind of sex drive if we didn't have to worry about getting pregnant?) she is still very human. This novel proves that women belong in SF and that the apparent inability of SF authors to write a woman who is more than a sex object or a man with tits is not an artifact of the genre.
Deodand
Sep 25, 2007 Deodand rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone, With Reservations
Oh Mr. Heinlein, you are a flaming sexist, and crazy as a shithouse rat. But I love you anyway! I can't help it.

Please read any Heinlein novel with your eyes WIDE open. His ego was huge and he liked to pretend he was every character in his books, including the females.
Tom Tresansky
Heinlein, in his later years was a major perv.

I had first read this many years ago, and remember it as an adventurous romp about a Balkanized Earth (and beyond) featuring plenty of sexytimes starring his nympho-with-a-brain super agent. I remembered Friday as being a kind of female James Bond. What I couldn't remember was any specifics of the villains' plot, etc.

After rereading, I know why that is...because THERE ISN'T ONE.

Starting with a ambush capture scene, the book seemed perfectly setup to...more
Xan
Hay dos novelas dentro de Viernes. (view spoiler)...more
Marya Kowal
This book is an old, old friend. I've read it at least a hundred times since middle school, and it changes with every stage of my life.

As a young teen girl, Friday seemed naughty, daring, courageous, and well, just a kick-ass female protagonist who made me want to re-evaluate all my parents' values and assumptions. A courier and artificial person, raised in a creche, Friday has some attachment issues, but battles her way through plot twists and turns. Even my young self realized the free-love an...more
Jeff
This has to be one of the most recognized science fiction book covers ever. This mesmerizing painting of an alluring woman posed in front a space ship portal with planet and emerging sun in the background grabs your attention; it makes you want to pick up the book and check it out. I remember being enchanted by this cover as a kid browsing the sci-fi aisle of the local Waldenbooks. Yet for some reason I never bought it. As an adult, after becoming enamored by the art of Michael Whelan and beginn...more
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in August 1998.

Somewhat unusually for Heinlein's later work, Friday contains no characters shared with any other novel or short story. It's heroine, a girl named Friday, is a special courier; she carries the sort of messages that require skills associated with the likes of James Bond to get them through.

The novel begins halfway through an assignment, with Friday recently landed from a flight to Nairobi and attempting to shake off following agents. She returns...more
Lindsey
In short, if you like Heinlein, you're going to like this book. Politics, some action, sex, intrigue, background world-building, and the need for the true leaders of humankind to push their boundaries feature prominently in this story. Friday is the story of a young woman who is a high level courier for the mysterious Boss. As is typical in Heinlein's novels, the storyline is much more about who Friday is and why she makes the choices she makes than about what she does or the people around her.

F...more
Jacqie
Friday is one of Heinlein's later works. Some of those works can be kinda weird, with Heinlein taking way too much time to explore his feelings on how much more uninhibited human sexuality should be (shades of the swingin' sixties). Friday does explore sex to some extent, but is also an adventure yarn with a female protagonist far ahead of most of the female characters written in the early 80's (the book was published in '82) and poignantly explores what it means to be human and to belong. There...more
Mel
I love love love everything that Heinlein ever touched. There was a brief moment in the story when our dear Friday meets another of her own kind (no spoilers, I hope) and he disappears, convinced that she wouldn't want him if she knew what he was...heartbreaking.
Like in Farnham's Freehold, I got the sense that, without climbing up onto a pulpit, R. A. was demonstrating the prejudice which people inflict on each other (all the while being confident of the absolute rightness of their prejudices).
I...more
Danielle
Meh. Put this in the same category as the last third of Stranger in a Strange Land: the characters were delightful, the situations were interesting, but I just couldn't get my mind wrapped around a society where everyone has sex with everyone else with no consequences - no diseases, no jealousy, their lives just revolve around sex and babies. It's too far outside my realm of being to be relevant to me. Guess I'm just an intellectual. "An intellectual is someone who has found something more inter...more
Michael Burnam-fink
I had a review, but the browser ate it. In brief, late-period Heinlein about a secret agent who has unlikely erotic adventures while navigating a libertarian dsytopia. The plot exists mostly to just string together action and sex scenes, and while the bones of the setting are interesting, it doesn't match up to fleshed out details of Heinlein's better work. Oh brain eater, why do you have to hit my favorite authors?

On the plus side, all characters are of legal age, and I don't recall any relativ...more
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Robert Anson Heinlein was an American novelist and science fiction writer. Often called "the dean of science fiction writers", he is one of the most popular, influential, and controversial authors of "hard science fiction".

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