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Farnham's Freehold is a science fiction tale set in the near future by Robert Heinlein. A version edited by Frederik Pohl was first published in Worlds of If magazine in 1964. The complete version was published in novel form in 1965. It is a post-apocalyptic tale, as the setup for the story is a direct hit by a nuclear weapon, which sends a fallout shelter containing a man, his wife, son, daughter, daughter's friend, and domestic servant into the far distant future. Heinlein drew on his own experience in building a fallout shelter under his own house in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1950. Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Robert A. Heinlein Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was one of the most influential authors in the science fiction genre. ... Frederik Pohl (November 26, 1919—) is an American science fiction writer and editor. ... Jump to: navigation, search if, subtitled Worlds of Science Fiction, was launched in March 1952, the creation, apparently, of James L. Quinn of the Quinn Publishing Company, not to be confused with Robert Guinn, who later published both If and its sister magazine Galaxy. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1964 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... DeFoes Robinson Crusoe, Newspaper edition published in 1719 A novel (from French nouvelle, new) is an extended fictional narrative in prose. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1965 was a common year starting on Friday (link goes to calendar). ... Apocalyptic science fiction is a sub-genre of science fiction that is concerned with the end of civilization, through nuclear war, plague, or some other general disaster. ... Jump to: navigation, search The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, 1945, rose some 18 km (11 mi) above the hypocenter. ... Fallout is the residual radiation hazard from a nuclear explosion and is named from the fact that it falls out of the atmosphere in to which it is spread during the explosion. ... Jump to: navigation, search Colorado Springs is a middle-sized city, located just east of the geographic center of the state of Colorado in the United States. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1950 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ...

The book is popular with survivalist groups as it combines the civil engineering and physics of fallout shelter survival with the social dynamics of "lifeboat rules," or autocratic authority under extreme conditions, a theme further explored in depth in The Number of the Beast. To paraphrase Mr. Farnham, "How do you know who is the officer in the lifeboat? The one with the gun." Jump to: navigation, search A survivalist is a person who anticipates a potential disruption in the continuity of local, regional or worldwide society, and takes steps to survive in the resulting unpredictable situation. ... Jump to: navigation, search In modern usage, civil engineering is a broad field of engineering that deals with the planning, construction, and maintenance of fixed structures, or public works, as they related to earth, water, or civilization and their processes. ... Since antiquity, people have tried to understand the behavior of matter: why unsupported objects drop to the ground, why different materials have different properties, and so forth. ... Book cover The Number of the Beast is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1980 (ISBN 0-44-913070-3). ...

As the novel develops, the family finds itself marooned in a distant future where a decadent but technologically advanced black culture keeps either uneducated or castrated whites as slaves. Each of the characters adapts to the sudden role reversal in different and sometimes shocking ways. The term Blacks is often used in the West to denote race for persons whose progenitors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Sub-Saharan Africa. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...

Both Farnham's Freehold and Sixth Column, another novel by Heinlein, deal extensively with issues of race, but whereas Sixth Column is perceived as racist by some readers, Farmham's Freehold depends for its impact on reversing the racial roles. Sixth Column, also published under the title The Day After Tomorrow, is a science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein, set in a United States that has been conquered by a foreign invader. ... Jump to: navigation, search A black man drinks out of a water fountain designated for black people in 1939 at a streetcar terminal. ...

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