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Published 1979

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 7.00 out of 10)

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26 Responses to “Farnham’s Freehold”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    I guess you don’t need shoes if you can float?

  2. Cornelius Says:

    The dangers of mixing guns with trampolines.

  3. fred Says:

    Don’t tell mom the babysitter’s George Clooney.

  4. Francis Boyle Says:

    Not everyone looks cool walking away from explosions.

  5. Tor Mented Says:

    “Pulp Fiction” totally ripped this off.

  6. JuanPaul Says:

    “I’ve got the leg of lamb. You take the baby. Now let’s get out of here before our parole officers show up”

  7. Tat Wood Says:

    ‘Raising Arizona’ as Spielberg would have done it.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    A whole new take on the Jesus, Mary and Joseph story?

  9. Bruce A Munro Says:


  10. NomadUK Says:

    No masks, no social distancing, and open carry. Just another day at a typical Missouri strip mall.

  11. fred Says:

    This reviewer didn’t like the book, although he does describe some stuff that would make for interesting alternate covers.

  12. A. R. Yngve Says:

    The food prices clearly have them shocked and stunned.

  13. Raoul Says:

    Heinlein was still around when this came out.
    I’m sure he thought the cover couple were patriotic individuals.

  14. Tor Mented Says:

    I just noticed that there is a sign in the store window that seems to be for Space Food Sticks.
    I wonder if that’s a regional thing you can get only in certain areas.

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Admittedly I haven’t read the book in decades, but I don’t recall anyone floating. And why is her hair like that? Maybe the artist wanted to literalize “barefoot and pregnant”.

    @fred (3): Looks more like Christopher Walken to me.

    @Francis: GSS! Particularly her.

    @Tat: isn’t that just “Sugarland Express”?

    @Bruce, @Nomad, @Raoul: GSS, and exactly.

    @Tor: It was a thing at the time the story was written (or slightly after), so I guess the artist decided to go for that?

    @fred (11): It is a truly reprehensible book. Even people of the Orthodox Church of Bob don’t mention this one much. It wasn’t well thought of even at the time. Click through from your link to the New Republic one for more.

  16. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @fred: I suppose the glowing Space Anus represents time travel and they’re returning to the present, although it doesn’t really explain how they’re dressed (Couldn’t the Black Dictatorship provide some shoes?) and why they arrive brandishing guns. Perhaps that’s how they normally go to the store.

  17. Bibliomancer Says:

    The New Republic review states that Heinlein “resurrected some of the most horrific racial stereotypes imaginable,” ultimately producing “an anti-racist novel only a Klansman could love.”

  18. A. R. Yngve Says:

    If you enjoyed FARNHAM’S FREEHOLD, then you’re going to love Hugh Farnham’s hit song “You’re the Voice”:

    We all date someone’s daughter
    We all hate our sons
    How long can we impregnate each other
    Without owning lots of guns?

    You’re the voice of survivalist weirdos
    Make an anti-government cheer
    Oh-wo-wo-woo, oh-wo-wo-wooo…
    We’re gonna play bridge in silence
    All other people should be feared
    Oh-wo-wo-wo, oh-wo-wo-wooo…

  19. fred Says:

    The Idland Bank. Seems appropriate given the reviews.

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: No shoes for her, just a pistol and a shmatta. Going to hurt when they suddenly succumb to gravity. I guess that’s why he’s holding the larger baby.

    @fred: If there’s something below the Id, that’s also in this book, I bet.

    @ARY: I hear banjos…

    @B’man: I remember the usual suspects whining when it didn’t win a Hugo that year. It lost to, gasp, a book written by women. The general consensus was “RAH was important, but this book… wasn’t that good.” Volume 2 wasn’t even nominated, and wouldn’t have made the cut even had the Puppies not been there.

    We might have a copy of FF still around. I need to remedy that on next week’s garbage day, and wash my hands after.

  21. Lars of Mars Says:

    I read Farnham’s Freehold at my late great-aunt Katherine’s house in Fort Lauderdale while my parents were selling her house after she passed away in 1982.
    It was so disturbing I ended up reading another entire book that night trying to get it out of my mind. That didn’t work, and I’m still freaked out about it 40 years later.
    I don’t recall the title or author of the second book, maybe someone here can recognize it: The one where there’s an experiment to create a sentient computer aboard a space station, and the protagonists end up trying to reach the computer (Spartacus) core before either it kills them, or the nuclear bomb the military installed in the service shaft destroys the station.

  22. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Lars of Mars: That would be James P Hogan’s “The Two Faces of Tomorrow.”

  23. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    That couple didn’t go through any portal or anything. That’s simply the result of eating too many beans.

  24. The Blue Are Coming Says:

    WTF? I name-dropped this Freehold only a couple of days ago, here…

    Now today it’s a Random Terrible Cover 😀

  25. Emster Says:

    @Blue: Pure coincidence… or is it? (insert any spooky movie theme here)

    GSS is a magical place 😉

  26. John Baker Says:

    “Honey, the Boeberts are here…”

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