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Literature: Farnham's Freehold
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Hugh & Barbara Farnham & Family, Freeholders"

Farnham's Freehold is a novel by Robert A. Heinlein first published in 1964. Survivalist Hugh Farnham, his family, their servant Joe, and Barbara, a friend of Hugh's daughter, survive a nuclear attack only to find they have time-traveled to a distant future where black people are the dominant social caste and Caucasians are bred and raised as livestock.

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This novel provides examples of:

  • Affably Evil: Ponse is a prime example of the trope. Hugh even acknowledges it, lamenting that Ponse is the worst kind of evil there is, simply because he's always incredibly nice, yet constantly reminding you how evil he *could* be if you cross him.
  • After the End: The novel begins with a nuclear apocalypse.
  • Author Filibuster
  • Crazy-Prepared: Hugh Farnham. It is the source of much antagonism between him and his son Duke, who sees him as a Crazy Survivalist. Hugh's planning constantly paying off doesn't improve their relationship any.
  • Death by Childbirth: Farnham's daughter.
  • The Dragon: Memtok is an unusual variation.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Cannibalism is used as a way of showing just how screwed up the dystopian future his characters found themselves in After the End was.
  • Naming Your Colony World
  • No Need for Names: A female slave is assigned to Hugh Farnham, and she doesn't have a name. He ends up calling her 'kitten' after the cute way she curled up in bed when she was tired.
  • Parental Incest: Farnham's daughter mentions to him that, of the three men she's been stranded with, he's the one she'd prefer to father her child (if she weren't already pregnant just now). Her dad is completely undisturbed and in fact flattered by this.
  • People Farms: In the post apocalyptic society, lower castes of people are often used for food.
  • Persecution Flip: The members of a white family are the slaves of cannibalistic black masters.
  • The Starscream: Duke is constantly on the verge of mutiny under Hugh's leadership.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: Hugh Farnham and his son, Duke are strapped to an operating table where they're about to castrate both of them until Ponce decides not to have them do this. Later, hey actually end up doing this to Duke.
  • Used Future
  • Your Tomcat Is Pregnant: Barbara is quite surprised to find that the cat, named Dr. Livingston, is pregnant, since she'd believed the cat to be male. The five other human members of the group have known the cat a lot longer than Barbara has, and consistently use male pronouns, which probably adds to the confusion.


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