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When Dan Davis is crossed in love and stabbed in the back by his business associates, the immediate future doesn't look too bright for him and Pete, his independent-minded tomcat. Suddenly, the lure of suspended animation, the Long Sleep, becomes irresistible and Dan wakes up 30 years later in the 21st century, a time very much to his liking.The discovery that the robot hoWhen Dan Davis is crossed in love and stabbed in the back by his business associates, the immediate future doesn't look too bright for him and Pete, his independent-minded tomcat. Suddenly, the lure of suspended animation, the Long Sleep, becomes irresistible and Dan wakes up 30 years later in the 21st century, a time very much to his liking.The discovery that the robot household appliances he invented have been mass produced is no surprise, but the realization that, far from having been stolen from him, they have, mysteriously, been patented in his name is. There's only one thing for it. Dan somehow has to travel back in time to investigate.He may even find Pete...and the girl he really loves....

Title : The Door into Summer
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ISBN : 9780575120723
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Number of Pages : 178 Pages
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The Door into Summer Reviews

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-04-12 02:14

    I'm a little surprised I don't seem to have posted a review of this one before. I read this book "way back when". I probably read it first when I was in high school or just after. That would probably be the 1960s. I went through a period when I discovered Heinlein and ran through everything I could get my hands on by him. Some I didn't care for, some I liked and some I loved.Many people place this in his so called "teen reads" but there is some question about that due to some of the subject matter. Heinlein was very much a libertarian and had very open ideas about most things. This includes sex. Among some there's a bit of, consternation concerning the "final love interest" in the book.Just try it yourself and decide for yourself.Daniel Boone Davis (many of Heinlein's protagonists have names hearkening back to American history) is a master engineer and inventor...and that's what he wants to do. In the story which is placed in the "near future" (1970)...among other things in this "near future" people are able to take cold sleep. They can be frozen and awakened months or years later.Now, if I go any further in this synopsis it will involve spoilers so I'll simply suggest you try the book if for some reason you have managed to miss it. There's something here for hard science fiction fans, science fantasy fans, animal lovers (particularly cat lovers), and fans of just plain good books. I can and do recommend this one. Enjoy.

  • Lyn
    2019-03-29 21:28

    An enjoyable SF story from a Grandmaster.The novel's protagonist, Daniel B. Davis, was a precursor to Hugh Farnham and even Lazarus Long somewhat, though Long was introduced earlier in 1941's Methusaleh's Children. Actually, Davis (and others) are thinly disguised Heinlein: fiercely individualist, libertarian, technically savvy, hard working yet innovative, resourceful, wise cracking, and with a horn dog libido that would make a porn star blush. I wonder if Door Into Summer used some of the same notes and ideas that would later surface in Time Enough for Love? Door into Summer may be classified as a transitional book between the earlier juvenile works and his middle works (his apex, his high water mark) and then to the weird, time traveling and lusty later books. I think a better reviewer than me could even make the point that Heinlein had begun his ascendancy here.

  • Algernon
    2019-04-05 03:27

    I liked it, but it was suggested to me I shouldn't give four stars to every single book I enjoy, so here it goes for Heinlein. I really had no issues with "The Door Into Summer", and Heinlein is still one of my favorite SF masters after this.I enjoy books that feature engineers as protagonists, and here we have one proto-geek singlehandedly inventing robotics in the 50's and failing rather spectacularly in the human relations department. Later on, there's some time travel thrown in and some cryogenics, giving us a glimpse of what the year 2000 would look like to a 1950 citizen. It's interesting to note how we surpassed some of Heinlein expectations in the field of artificial intelligence and miniaturization, and still didn't invent regenerating teeth, disposable shirts or beard removal cream. There's something very similar to velcro replacing zippers, but with a rather fancy field energy source.Heinlein prose is clean and fast, without his sometime annoying preaching and with some quality humor, courtesy of Petronius the Arbiter. Some of his sexual liberation stuff is included, like a nudist camp or an engagement with an 11 year old, but it doesn't take a central role to the story.[edit for spelling 2015]

  • Adrian
    2019-03-22 00:33

    Well after many thousands of ratings this book is averaging 4 stars so my rating will make no difference at all. I first read this back in the late 70s, and like most of Heinlein's early and middle work I really enjoyed it then and again now. The storyline and characterisations are good and there is none of the (in my opinion) vague sexism and verbal meanderings of his later books (look how many pages his later novels have, yawn).Ok I've just re-read my review and whilst I thoroughly enjoyed the book, Heinlein must've been a cat lover as he had Petronius exactly right, maybe I was a tad harsh on some of his later books. I just found them very introspective and self indulgent, and much as I enjoy Heinlein books I think I gave up after fighting my way through "Time Enough For Love". I don't think I've read anything written after that. Yes, that sounds fairer :)

  • Lance Greenfield
    2019-03-22 22:27

    I really enjoyed this book from beginning to [almost] end. The reason for the "almost" will become apparent. The story of time travel by various means was excellent. When reading this story, you should remember that it was written in the 1950s. Some of Heinlein's predictions are amazing, and some are way off the mark. It's amazing to follow his line of thinking though.You can see an outline of the plot in the description. It is fairly predictable, but that didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story at all. It was fun, and it was refreshing to read such innocent prose.Although some people might be offended, there was some narrative that would be considered non-PC these days, but was just part of life in the 'fifties. I actually found that quite refreshing too. I get so irritated by the over-sensitivity to political correctness these days. You can't even tell a good Irish joke, or drop your pants in a US bar to proudly show off your British tattoo, these days, without drawing comments from the puritans.The story was great right up until the final chapter. This was a bit of a damp squib, Heinlein felt that his hero had to justify and explain his actions and how several instances of himself could coexist. I would have been far more satisfied with the explosive ending which could so easily have been there.Having said that, I would strongly recommend this book to all lovers of time travel and sci-fi books.

  • S.C. Jensen
    2019-04-15 02:13

    I didn't read this book with the intention of writing a review, so you'll excuse me if I don't go into great detail. Let me just summarize "the feel" of the book...It is not very often that I read a book that makes me smile the entire time I'm reading it; this is one of them. From the hilarious anachronisms of the 1950's Futurist to the brilliant side-kick cat, Pete. (Cat lovers will appreciate this book on a completely different level than other readers). I was laughing out loud at least once every 20 pages or so.It is only because I read some of the other reviews for this book that I felt the need to write a review myself. After seeing that a number of reviews that charge The Door into Summer (and sometimes Heinlein himself) as being both misogynistic and perverse, I felt the need to defend it (and him).First of all, on the complaints that Heinlein's vision of the future (from 1956, remember) is sexist, misogynistic, anti-woman, etc.:There are not many women in this story, true enough, which may be a mark against it in and of itself. Because of this, the heinous Belle stands out as being a particularly unlikable femme-fatale. Though I would argue that, had Belle not been foiled by Dan's foray into time travel, her plot would have succeeded and she would have made a respectable villain. She was well-equipped for it: calculating, edgy, violent, and un-emotional. But because the other women in the book (Jenny Sutton, the Girl-Scout Matron, and later Ricki) are fairly minor they do little to offset the influence of Belle and rather support the 1950's housewife stereotype. And Dan Davis' engineering vision of rescuing women from the drudgery of housework is a little dated, to be sure.However, I consider these to be the faults of a novel written in the 1950's. I always find it best to approach a book with the understanding that it is a product of the time in which it was written. If a novel breaks through the conventions of its time, great! But it would be unreasonable to expect it every time one picks up a new book. Our modern sensibilities might be offended by some archaic ideas, but out-dated notions don't necessarily devalue an otherwise good yarn. (not to mention historically important works)It's true that science fiction often pushes boundaries: of politics, religion, war, gender, sexuality, human nature, etc. But it is not necessary. And it is certainly not necessary to push all of them at once. The Door into Summer is not a book about gender roles. It reflects opinions common to the time in which it was written, but it does not address them specifically. It cannot be said to be particularly forward thinking on the subject, but at the same time it is a passive position. Heinlein is not actively or purposefully oppressing women in this novel, but he is describing a world very similar to the one in which he lived. Which, for me, is enough that I didn't hate the novel for its faults.Heinlein has shown in this and other novels that he is not rigid in his notions on the future of gender roles. In Starship Troopers women make the best fighter pilots because of their superior reflexes and mental dexterity. In this novel, there are suggestions that--outside of the narrative--women are fulfilling more diverse roles than we see them in. Dan Davis, when discussing the merits of his engineering robot 'Drafting Dan', admits that most women don't care much for it unless they are engineers themselves! The offhand nature of this remark is indicative that it is not an alien idea to Dan. Perhaps his housekeeping robot is more liberal-minded than we initially supposed, if it has freed women from the role of housewives to pursue their dreams outside the home. Something to consider, anyways.With that out of the way, I wanted to talk about the so-called perversion of Dan's unconventional (temporally speaking) romance with Ricki. Many people have commented on the "disturbing" nature of the love story sub-plot. And maybe it's because I've recently read Lolita, but I really didn't feel too put out about it. I actually found Dan and Ricki's relationship kind of cute, mostly because Dan falls in love with Ricki because she understands and appreciates his cat--which Dan feels is indicative of the kind of person she is (although she is only a child). It is important to note that there are no overtly pedophilic suggestions in this book, unless the reader supplies them (I'm sure there are those who will disagree)When it comes down to it, Dan's romantic feelings towards Ricki are not directed at her juvenile self but at the woman he imagines she will become. It is not unusual, I think, to idealize and idolize romantically (particularly after one has had ones heart broken). Ricki is the only female that Dan has ever felt any connection with, and he values her friendship. It is only after Belle betrays him that he begins to think "if only Ricki were older". Not because he fantasizes about being with a child (obviously, he wouldn't then wish she were older) but because he fantasizes about being with someone he loves and trusts.He cannot even be said to be taking advantage of her childish crush on him. He tells Ricki to wait until she's 20 to decide if she wants to be with him (he is, and will remain, 30). Ricki has 8 sobering years to decide if she still has feelings for Dan once she is an adult, during which he can supply no pressure. Thanks to the invention of suspended animation their love is possible without being creepy!Ok, so that's a longer rant than I intended. But there it is. Thanks for bearing with me if you got this far!

  • Manny
    2019-03-24 01:41

    Somewhat unusually for Heinlein, this is a cute, fun book which doesn't try to ladle a bunch of right-wing ideology down your throat, or O.D. you on dubious sex. There's some time travel, a sympathetic main character, a Bad Girl, and a cat who steals the show every time he appears on stage. He even gets the title: the reference is to his endearing habit, during winter months, of making the hero open each door in the house in turn, just in case one of them happens to lead into summer...

  • Ivana Books Are Magic
    2019-04-10 23:16

    Are you a cat person? If yes, you’re definitely in for a treat. Pete is an amazingly written cat character if there ever was one. Yes, cat lovers will surely appreciate this one. Cat owners will understand that cats like Pete are as rare as true love and only come once in a life time, if we’re lucky, hence they will understand what makes Pete so special to Dan, his owner. However, even if you happen to hate cats, I’m sure you’ll appreciate the ingenious way Pete is described. That’s just plain good writing. I’m making it sound like this is a novel about cat. Well, it’s not but it sorts of is. The cat I’m talking about is an important character, not in any futuristic genetically altered pet sense of the world, he just happens to be a side kick of our protagonist. Who might that be? Our protagonist is Dan Davis, an engineer, a well written characters, one could say a typical Heinlein hero. You know, a very intelligent badass guy who is on to take on the world and won’t let anything stops him. He is charming yet bold, brave but thoughtful, no fool but willing to take calculated risks.Nevertheless, this isn’t exactly how he starts out! When the novel opens, he is not up to much. The novel opens with our guy drinking himself to death on account of his best friend and his ex-finance tricking him out of his invention (and hard earned future glory as well as financial security). So, he is a bit depressed. The only person he cares for in this world is Ricky, who happens to be a ten-year-old daughter of his late friend. He respects her and we suppose he imagines she might be a good companion someday because he decided to freeze himself so that they can be together in ten years’ time. Some people find this part to be quite disturbing, but it isn’t like he wants to be with her when she’s a kid, he is romantically interested in the women she will be once she grows up. There is no knowing who that will be, you might say and yes that would be a valid point but it doesn’t seem to bother our protagonist. If Pete likes her, the girl must be ok and will stay that way (maybe Dan believes in cat’s intuition). I would say there is nothing fishy in the relationship between Dan and Ricky, but I can see why some might consider it to be a bit weird. Why the need to freeze himself up in the first place? He could have waited for her to grow up, but that sounds creepy doesn’t it? To watch someone growing up and then to marry them? Way creepier than just freezing yourself up and meeting them in the future? Actually yes.It is interesting that he wants this relationship to happen when they’re about the same age. Does that indicate that he actually thinks there is something wrong in relationships in which there exists a significant age difference? Or more likely he needs the freezing up part to make the story more interesting? I mean this is a SF novel and we’re all waiting for the story to become well more SF. Furthermore, you know Dan is not motivated just by the desire to be with the future grown up Ricky. There isn’t much talk about Ricky if you think about it, this isn’t Lolita. There is not much talk about his feelings at that point and that’s not going to change drastically. Don’t expect him to get all emotional, it is not going to happen. This avoidance of emotional talk (or perhaps even thoughts) may be due to the fact that Dan makes that freezing himself up decision after a long period of drinking. It may be that his true feelings for Ricky only develop later on. At any rate, she isn’t the sole motivation.Dan wants revenge. He wants to rub it into the face of his ex. He wants to be young when she is old. Perhaps most importantly, he wants to live in the future. He is an engineer you know. He is wondering what the world will look like in a number of years. Speaking of which, it is fascinating to observe how correct or how wrong Heinlein’s predictions were. There is certainly a lot of talk about the future in this one. Moreover, there is the actual ‘future’ experienced by a man from another time epoch and you can trust in one of the greats of SF to make that part good. It does get more interesting because things don’t go as planned, I mean the freezing up and all. When he wakes up in the future, he starts seeing things he is sure he had himself invented. As he said, every engineer has his own signature and it is this signature he is seeing everywhere that is driving him crazy.Enters time travel. You know a book about just being frozen wasn’t going to cut it. He needs to travel back in time. There needs to be more action. Not surprisingly, that is what we get. More action and adventure. No complains here. You know I’m not even sure if women play an important part in this novel. Perhaps not really. We have one typical femme-fatale and one angelic girl, but the relationships with them are never explored into great detail. As far as relationships are concerned, this is more about the love between a man and his cat then about love between a man and a woman. Just for a record, I don’t have a problem with that. Not everything has to be all romantic and stuff.There is certainly a way to read the story between Dan and Ricky that makes it all sweet and romantic, but I think Ricky is there mostly for the plot. This is a one-man show or more precisely one man and his cat show! Romance isn’t a fundamental part of it, but it doesn’t feel out of place either. As I said, the relationship between Dan and Ricky can be read in a very sweet light (or in a slightly creepy one) …or it can be just ignored, if that isn’t your thing.The Door into Summer is a very good SF novel that is mostly about adventure, time travel, engineering, future predictions, action, being badass and all those things we love about Heinlein. It is interesting enough to keep us intellectually stimulated and there is a touch of emotion that is just enough. I really enjoyed reading it. I have a copy at home, so I’ll probably reread it again eventually (emphasis on again because I already reread it). I recommend this to engineers, Heinlein’s fans, cat’s lovers, readers of SF as well as those interested in time travel stories. This is a fabulously written SF novel, pretty short but filled with such lovely things! The protagonist is and awfully charming and smart guy and it is great fun reading about his adventures. If you want to read a novel with a guy that makes it against all odds, this is the novel for you.Final words? The Door Into Summer is a highly enjoyable read. It is not Heinlein’s best, but it is a very good novel. It found it to be incredibly uplifting and fun. In addition, this novel managed to accomplish what many great works of literature have tried but failed and that is describe perfectly an infinitely complex creature called....the cat.

  • Steve
    2019-04-09 03:12

    Ultimately, creepy, and not in a good way. It's a time travel tale, and I'll forgive a lot for an entertaining time travel story. But "entertaining" and "time travel" are all it's got going for it. I haven't read a lot of Heinlein, but this didn't show me at all why he's got got so many fans. The writing style is fine, but he goes wrong in a few key ways with the story. [SPOILERS] For one, he wrote the book in 1956, with most characters' natural time being 1970 and the rest of the action (reached cryogenically and returned from via time travel) being in 2000 and 2001. Both are full of technological, cultural, and historical differences Heinlein invented. These probably seemed cool in 1957 or 1960, but his 2000 here wouldn't have held up in 1985, let alone 2008. Spoiling with age as badly as his inaccurate visions of change is his vision of something wholly unchanged over 50 years: a degree of sexism astonishing these days. Hell, I suspect his degree of sexism would have been startling even in the real 1970. It's not constant and overpowering; it's just striking.Each of those would be flaws I wouldn't mind having to overlook for the sake of the time travel story, which is largely entertaining, but Heinlein completely undermines any satisfaction that could come from it by having the protagonist and narrator, Dan Davis, eagerly find a way (via the rampant cryogenics of imaginary 1970) to marry in 2000 the step-daughter of his business partner, a girl who, as a child called him "Uncle Danny." He'd known her since she was a toddler or something (in 1970, she's nine and he's [always] thirty), and there's talk early in the book about how she had a crush on him and wanted to marry him when she grew up, but it's just some misplaced childhood crush and, of course, nothing he actually reciprocates. Supposedly. Ultimately, though, after all the time travel stuff (which you could totally separate pretty easily from this weirdness), during which he makes various occasional references to how great this kid is and how important she is to him, after he returns from 2000 (during which time he never met her as an adult) to 1970 and takes care of fun paradox stuff, he tells her that he's going to go into thirty-year cryostasis. (Again, though no one but he knows it's his 2nd time.) 30 years seems like forever to a young kid, and she's upset she won't see him again, and he tells her that in 1982, when she's 21, she could do "The Long Sleep" too and come out of it also in 2000. She asks, "If I do...will you marry me?" He replies, damn disturbingly, "Yes....That's what I want. That's why I'm doing this." After they awake in 2000, they get married pretty much immediately. And then the book ends within a few pages.So Heinlein's a freak and a perv. I don't care that much that this girl is physically 21 when they hook up. The "hero" never knew her as an adult, just as a young kid who called him "Uncle Danny," and it was based on that relationship that he decided he wanted to marry her. Also, the 21-year-old who opted for the cryogenics in 1982 apparently still has the precise same feelings as her nine-year-old self, which is similarly disturbing. Goddamn. Fricking. Creepy. Throughout the book, the protagonist (and narrator) doesn't seem like a really great guy but sympathetic enough. If Heinlein's trying to blow the reader's mind by having him turn out to be not at all sympathetic after all that, I could see the point in that. But there's no indication that's what the author's up to or, indeed, that he sees anything wrong here. It seems instead that he's glad for Dan to have a happy ending. Parents of 1957, keep your children away from Robert Heinlein, please.My default tendency is to react favorably to time travel fiction, so it's pretty striking to make that U-turn from amusement to revulsion there at the end and move this from the "OK" column into "Not OK. Not."

  • Jim
    2019-04-18 01:41

    Another old favorite picked up as a downloadable audio book from the library. It was quite enjoyable in this medium & the reader was very good. Originally published in 1957, it is set in 'the future' years 1970 & 2000. The idea of traveling into the future via 'cold sleep' was a pretty popular until sometime in the 70's, but cutting edge at this time, I think. Haven't heard about it in humans for years.The hero, Dan, is an engineer & inventor. His genius isn't in break through technology, but in putting together mostly off-the-shelf parts to create really useful laborsaving devices. Steve Jobs type genius, timing, & design. Heinlein's discussion of this tech timing over the course of the book is very practical & interesting. It's amazing how much supporting technology there has to be for every major breakthrough.Engineering is the art of the practical and depends more on the total state of the art than it does on the individual engineer. When railroading time comes you can railroad-but not before. Look at poor Professor Langley, breaking his heart on a flying machine that should have flown-he had put the necessary genius in it-but he was just a few years too early to enjoy the benefit of collateral art he needed and did not have. Or take the great Leonardo daVinci, so far out of his time that his most brilliant concepts were utterly unbuildable.It was Heinlein's genius to take this a step further into the prosaic & make it sound so easy & obvious.Amazingly little real thought had been given to housework, even though it is at least 50 per cent of all work in the world. The women's magazines talked about "labor saving in the home" and "functional kitchens," but it was just prattle; their pretty pictures showed living-working arrangements essentially no better than those in Shakespeare's day; the horse-to-jet-plane revolution had not reached the home.Of course, Heinlein got a lot wrong about the future, but that wasn't too bad. Most obviously, we still don't have most of the devices that he describes. I loved his idea of Thorsen Memory tubes & macro programming, even though both are silly & simplistic. He had helicopter buses & completely missed the idea of the Internet - overall communications or electronic databases - yet he had transmutation of elements. Not a bad reason, if incorrect, for getting off the gold standard & he had the timing pretty close.The overall story was a pretty good one of love & betrayal. With the time travel tossed in, it got quite twisty - although I was a little disappointed the he seemed to try to obscure it a bit too much especially in the last conversation. That was too much as the character is supposed to be fairly intelligent. And that brings me to the creep factor that really brings the book down for me - Dan's relationship with Ricky. (view spoiler)[ What do you call a guy who promises to marry a 10 year old when she grows up & then does it without even knowing her as an adult? Seriously, he did & the scene was so poorly done, too. Ricky talks like the little girl she is yet Dan treats her like the full grown woman she will be. It was seriously icky. (hide spoiler)]So it was a 4 star story with 1 star removed due to this one creepy factor. It's well worth reading or listening too, though. Glad I did again after all these years.

  • Derek
    2019-04-06 02:20

    I first read this many years ago—probably about the time in which it is set: it was published in 1957 (just before I was born) but most of the story is set in 1970 and the rest in 2000/2001.  The only thing that really stayed in my memory was the reason for the title. Dan Davis once lived in Connecticut in a house with twelve doors to the outside. In Winter, his cat Pete (Petronius the Arbiter) would make him open every door, looking for the one that led to Summer. Pete's not present for the majority of the novel, but he's very definitely a major character.I pretty much stopped reading Heinlein after Time Enough for Love. He got increasingly misogynistic and right-wing (or else, he'd always been that way and just felt he could get away with writing about it in his old age). But I'd forgotten the immense vision he brought to his earlier stories like The Roads Must Roll, the very first Heinlein I read, and Waldo and Magic, Inc, and this one. My first introduction to Science Fiction was Arthur C. Clarke, and Heinlein was my second. They share that vision of the possibilities of the future, and Clarke may actually have been technically more capable (when Clarke suggested satellites in Earth-orbit, I suspect he could have built one, with help—when Heinlein builds a general household robot he's imagining what we would want to have done, and the way it should operate, but I can't imagine he actually could have designed the necessary circuit boards), but Heinlein is far and above the better story-teller.Like many futurists, Heinlein's 50s vision of 1970 was a little too optimistic, and his vision of 2000 was much too optimistic, but still he wrote about so many things that have come to pass almost as he described. It's so stunningly accurate that the few anachronisms that creep in are totally hilarious."For my money Chuck was the only real engineer there; the rest were overeducated slipstick mechanics."  Looking back from 60 years into Heinlein's future, it's hard to imagine that anyone would have missed the fact that "slipsticks" (slide rules) would be non-existent in 2000, and were on their way out in the 70s (I learned to use a slide rule in the early 70s, bought a beautiful one in 1977—at a huge discount—and have probably not seen one for sale since).In 2001: "The nearest twenty-four-hour bank was downtown at the Grand Circle of the Ways." I actually remember when there were less than a handful of bank machines in the whole of Toronto (~1981), but in a novel that centres on the life of an engineer who specializes in automatons, it's funny that he never imagined we could do away with physical banks for the mere dispensing of money.But those things don't detract in the slightest from the things he got right (if not necessarily pinning them to the right time). Heinlein goes into great detail describing "Drafting Dan"—a way to automate drafting, so that an engineer can design without hunching over a drafting table. And what he describes is pretty much AutoCAD, only about a decade and a half too early.He describes Roombas. He places them nearly three decades too early, but the physical description of the way they will ensure that a whole room is vacuumed and then return to their charging stations is uncanny.One thing he got wrong, but it just goes even further to demonstrate his vision. In 2000, he postulates that, for some reason, gold has become very cheap. This leads to a great deal more automation, because all his robots need a lot of gold (perhaps not individually, but certainly in total) and with higher gold prices it becomes cost prohibitive. The prices of gold, platinum, and numerous other metals do in fact currently limit a great deal of our technology.I recently finished The Man who Folded Himself, a time travel story that's all about paradox. Heinlein takes a different view (and one that, failing actual experimentation, must be just as likely): 'But I'm not worried about "paradoxes" or "causing anachronisms"—if a thirtieth-century engineer does smooth out the bugs and then sets up transfer stations and trade, it will be because the Builder designed the universe that way…. He doesn't need busybodies to "enforce" His laws; they enforce themselves. There are no miracles and the word "anachronism" is a semantic blank.'  Heinlein's idea of time travel is that you can't do anything that you haven't already done. "Free will and predestination in one sentence and both true". I've been trying to wrap my head around this idea, possibly even before I first read this story: I remember arguing with Calvinists as a teenager, who insisted that everything was predestined, but that we still had complete free will.  It's actually easier to believe in time paradoxes! Anyway, this particular story probably doesn't deserve the 5-star rating. I use that for life-changing books, and in Heinlein's case, that is probably The Roads Must Roll, but somewhere over the decades I lost that book so I can't reread it unless  I find another copy. This one certainly has similarities and can stand in until I find another copy of The Roads Must Roll!

  • Amy
    2019-03-20 23:21

    Time travel type: Travel to the past via machine and travel to the future via cryogenics.Likes: Pete, the cat ... and robots.Dislikes: All the characters except the cat ... and robots.Points of Particular Boredom: Business talk and the hero's pompous over-confidence in himself.Plot summary: Why bother?

  • Stuart
    2019-04-21 03:11

    The Door Into Summer: A charming time-travel story from Golden Age HeinleinOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureThe Door Into Summer (1957) is an immensely enjoyable time-travel story told effortlessly by Robert A. Heinlein long before he turned into a crotchety, soap-box ranting old crank who had a very unhealthy obsession with free love and characters going back in time to hook up with their mothers (gross!!). So back to this book. It’s the story of Daniel Davis, a hard-working engineer in 1970 who invents a wonderful robot vacuum cleaner named Hired Girl (not at all sexist, right?), but has more ambitious plans for an all-purpose household robot called Flexible Frank. He collaborates with his business partner Miles Gentry and assistant named Belle Darkin. However, one evening Dan discovers that his partner Miles is in cahoots with Belle to wrest control of the company from him. They take a controlling share and fire him as Chief Engineer, and to make matters worse they steal his designs for Flexible Frank. He is so upset that he elects to go into “cold sleep”, entrusting his stock certificates to Ricky, the stepdaughter of Miles, hoping to wake up to a better world in 2000.Of course when he is revived all is not well. His plan has not worked, the company that Miles and Belle ran has gone bankrupt, and a different company seems to have developed Flexible Frank under the name of Eager Beaver. Dan is at a loss to figure out what has happened. He starts to follow a series of clues that point to a number of paradoxes that could only be explained by time travel…Hang on, did I forget to mention the most important character in the story? Indeed I did, for the most charming figure in the book is a tomcat named Petronius the Arbiter (Pete for short), and he really steals the show. Dan brings Pete everywhere, including to restaurants and bars, where he keeps him hidden in a bag but orders him drinks. Pete plays an absolutely critical role later in the story, but Heinlein’s descriptions of Pete should really resonate with cat lovers.Upon further reflection, I may have to revise my earlier statement that Heinlein didn’t delve into any of his later creepy obsessions about women or mothers. In this story the little girl Ricky is a plucky kid who is wise beyond her years, and Dan really admires her, imagining what a fine young woman she might grow up to be. But wait, if he goes into “cold sleep” for 30 years, won’t that bring their ages closer together? Actually it’s much more complicated than that, and why bother getting together with Ricky when she’s in her 40s when you can manage things so she is only 21 instead? How is this possible? Well, when you’re the author you can make anything happen, didn’t you know?So lurking under the surface of this otherwise charming and very cleverly-constructed time-travel story, we have yet another subtext of creepy wish fulfillment. It really didn’t have to be part of the story, but then again this is Heinlein, and for him writing was always an opportunity to explore his own fantasies and political ideas. If you can overlook this, and it’s such a brisk and well-told story, I think you will find it quite enjoyable, even if he is laying the foundations for later travesties like Time Enough for Love, To Sail Beyond the Sunset, and The Number of the Beast.

  • Andreas
    2019-04-03 01:26

    I liked it far less than my previous RAH reads of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Starship Troopers, or even Stranger in a Strange Land.The story - silly technician looses his garage corporation predictably to greedy woman and former business partner - wasn't very good with all that implausible back and forth through time and hibernated sleep. RAH rode that SF trope but didn't motivate it well enough; a lot of less riskier and far easier solutions to the protagonist's problems lay on hands. Especially his second hibernation was ridiculous. Some of his sexual liberation stuff was needlessly included, especially the nudist camp, and I gnaw on those hints with the 11 year old girl.As SF, this one didn't transport well into our times - which is a sharp contrast to other works from RAH, e.g. Starship Troopers, mainly because of his sloppy world-building with implausible anchoring of technology in society.Concerning computer technology, he wasn't at the scientific height of the time of his writing, e.g. he didn't mention high-level programming languages (plan calculus or FORTRAN); magnetic core memory was well established, even the first mass produced computers were available with the IBM 650. I'm a sucker for nostalgic views at computers, and I think it would make perfect sense to visit a computer museum alongside reading this novel. As it goes, the inventor of computers, Konrad Zuse, had his labs some 10 miles from my home and the community founded a museum there - sorry, folks, its all in German. Fascinating stuff!I understand that hibernation was a thing back in the 50s but I didn't like RAH's discussion of managing the legal parts. And a 70% survival chance would be an absolute no-go for me.Lots of his extrapolations of technology of the years 1970 (which was 14 years near-SF at that time) and 2000 were funny to read. Humanoid roboters are a thing in this novel and some of them start to come true in our days, e.g. half-autonomous cars or cleaning roboters. It is interesting that it is far more complex to get legal issues cleared than getting the technology working, but RAH didn't dive into that one enough. Speaking of it, I like the concept of Pepper who is designed to "read emotions".But really devastating were his social and political predictions of the world's state of 2000. Only thrown-in were facts as "England as a Canadian colony" or constructs like "Greater L.A.", a "6 week war" or a French monarchy. Why, oh why? It would have been very interesting to find out motivations for this settings, but RAH concentrated more on his time travel and hibernation roundtrips. Which I didn't like.Sorry, only 2 stars - 1 of those for Pete the cat which I found quite funny and realistic as a character but very strange for a SF story.

  • Eilonwy
    2019-03-23 04:30

    Three and a half stars, so I guess my four stars will stand. I read this as a teenager and have always remembered it as a love story. And I still think that. The difference is, this time I'm certain that the "love story" in this book is between narrator Dan and his cat, Pete, and definitely not between Dan and (view spoiler)[Frederica/Ricky (because there's a good reason why Ricky rhymes with squicky) (hide spoiler)]. The devotion and concern that Dan shows for his cat across time and distance is very touching, and is what really makes this whole book. The most jarring bits of this for me was that it was written in 1957 and set in 1970 and 2001 -- and 2001 in this book is definitely an alternate universe, looking at it from 2015. An expanded review may follow. But in a nutshell, this held up much better as a reread than I was afraid it might, and I recommend it if you enjoy science fiction and/or books with a strong undercurrent of cat love. --------------------------------And excuse me, Goodreads, but the description of this book posted here is a huge spoiler that basically tells the whole plot! Someone should fix that.

  • Valerie
    2019-04-09 03:12

    For today's standards it is a rather short novel with Heinlein still in his early stage, trying to develop the style that later led to his major works, and short is better in this case. It is told first person perspective and this makes things difficult for the narrative part but better for the introspective one.There are no discussions of time travel issues or paradoxes to be solved, still the book is enjoyable, but if you want science fiction with any depth or emotional resonance, don't expect to find it here, with the exception that he loves the world of the future but dreams of his friends from the past. The future holds things Dan has never dreamed of, but it also holds a really strange past for him— when he wakes up in 2000, much has changed...some of these changes are good. But there are a couple of things that just don't make sense. Things with no easy answer...without time travel, like his gradual realization that many people he never met seem to remember seeing him before. Unfortunately all the things Heinlein assumes will be easy turn out to be almost impossible, and all the things he thinks will be impossible turn out to be easy but one of the problems with writing science fiction set in the near future is the fast transition from "near future" to "did not happen past." To be fair, remember that this book is the product of its time, the 50s.

  • Javier Muñoz
    2019-04-15 01:27

    Cuando leo una novela de la edad de oro de la ciencia ficción, suelo verla de forma crítica, normalmente están muy bien escritas (con una prosa más elaborada que las actuales), pero casi siempre contienen elementos anacrónicos, cosas que a un escritor actual no se le ocurrirían porque simplemente el tiempo ha hecho que ciertas ideas resulten absurdas y sin sentido.No voy a negar que con este libro me pasa también, pero la cuestión es que el optimismo y la ingenuidad que desprende hace que le perdone casi todo. Heinlein era (al menos en el momento que escribió este libro) un hombre optimista que pensaba que el desarrollo científico y tecnológico serviría para mejorar la vida de los seres humanos... La realidad es mucho más dura y se ha demostrado que el avance tecnológico tiene un lado oscuro, un precio que pagar, pero es refrescante encontrarte hoy en día con novelas como esta. La ingenuidad de aquellos años 50 hace que tengamos una historia feliz, luminosa y alegre, con mucho sentido del humor. Si se escribiese hoy en día sería una historia oscura, pesimista y seria.

  • Travis Hutch Belushi
    2019-03-22 03:33

    A very fast paced story line with drama for days. 'The Door Into Summer' was written in 1957 with the plots story based between 1970 - 2001. Robert A. Heinlein had to do a lot of predicting to paint a believable world set in 2001 in which he succeeds creating a believable account of time travel which isn't over the top or far fetched as most time travel novels seem to be. The main character Dan Davis is extremely well written, charismatic, smart, wise and quick witted, making him very enjoyable to read.Ps: I'm not a 'cat person' though I want to give a shout out to 'Petronius the Arbiter' aka Pete who's large personality has given me a new found respect for cats. I love Dan and Petes relationship, it is a beautifully written friendship which for me is the highlight of this book.

  • Tatuka Zhgenti
    2019-03-29 04:31

    ყველაფერს რომ თავი დავანებოთ, ამ წიგნმა საბოლოოდ შემაყვარა კატები.

  • Arnis
    2019-03-26 04:16

  • Monica
    2019-03-25 22:18

    Después de muchísimos años de leerla, en mi segunda lectura del texto, me sigue pareciendo una magnifica novela del gran autor Robert A. Heilein....ya decía Asimov que envidiaba la pluma del escritor por su dinamismo, y es que Heinlein es grande por muchas cosas, pero sobretodo, por no querer atiborrar a lector del 'material refinado' en sus narraciones para que éste sepa lo listo que es y cuanto sabe (cosa de la que pecan casi todos su contemporáneos; Asimov, K. Dick..), lo que hace que la obra se torne densa para algunos en ocasiones ,y quizá, insoportable para otros; y lo digo yo, que he leído todo las historias de robots de Asimov, y me encantan, pero sí encuentro que dos de sus personajes principales en éstas historias filosofan demasiado y te envuelven (escojo la palabra porqué lo hacen en demasía) de detalles técnicos Pero dejo de enrollarme y voy allá con una pincelada del argumento...Nuestro personaje principal se llama Daniel Davis, y es un ingeniero mecánico que junto a su mejor amigo y compañero de ejercito y combate en la guerra de las seis semanas, Miles, fundan una compañía que se encarga de crear androides domésticos. En pleno auge de su carrera como creador, ultimando su más perfecto modelo de androide que revolucionará el mercado,con la compañía de su inestimable minino Pet (también ex compañero de batallas) y a poco de casarse con la mujer que quiere ( Belle, secretaria de la empresa), Dan se encuentra de un día para otro de tenerlo todo a la nada....lo que le 'impulsa' a la decisión tomar el largo sueño, hibernar durante 30 años, del 1970 al 2000....¿podrá enmendar su pasado y perdonar a sus traidores? ¿qué le deparará el presente a éste durmiente en el tiempo?Opinión:Empezamos la lectura, con nuestro protagonista, derrotado, en un bar y sin saber muy bien que hacer con su vida, tan sólo le 'queda' su inestimable amigo Pet (Petronio el árbitro), un gato casi co-protagonista de la narración y observador de las desgracias y triunfos de Dan y partícipe en su lucha (deliciosamente narrado y de manera muy exacta el carácter gatuno). La narración es en primera persona, y enseguida que empieza uno a leer, te pasa el tiempo volando, es una lectura ágil y no muy rebuscada ( primero por su variación de temática dentro de la misma novela: drama, un poco de acción, film noir, viajes al futuro y al pasado, romance..y segundo, porqué las partes más técnicas no se hacen pesadas en sus descripciones; Heinlein sabe muy bien simplificar y acortar explicaciones para no aburrir). El tempo de la novela es soberbio, no excesivo en ninguna de sus variaciones temáticas, a lo largo de la narración viajaremos junto a nuestro héroe derrotado del pasado al futuro y al presente, unas veces mediante flashbacks y otras en un discurrir de tomas de decisiones del protagonista. Los personajes están muy bien definidos desde el principio y suficientemente descritos, hay un malo malísimo, un trío en discordia..parecerá muy tópico con tantas novelas que hay actualmente en el mercado con todos estos ingredientes, pero he de deciros que está escrita en 1957La visión del mundo futuro quizá peca de pasada (otra vez os lo pongo, es del 1957), pero tampoco se da demasiadas explicaciones, por lo cual no perturba el ambiente de la narración y deja volar la imaginación a tu gusto.El verdadero romance de la novela, puede resultar algo impactante y quizá hiera la sensibilidad de ciertas personas, pero en todo momento es puro e inocente y enternecedor, hay que cogérselo cómo parte de la ficción de ésta obra.Es una historia conmovedora ciertamente, por lo que arraigan los personajes en ti, por ser un relato de ciencia ficción dinámico que utiliza el medio justificadamente para las idas y venidas de nuestro protagonista; un relato sobre buenas y malas personas, el devenir de la vidas en su toma de decisiones, segundas oportunidades y esperanzas.Atención al titulo, es muy querríamos todos encontrar una permanente 'puerta al verano' en nuestras vidas?

  • Mitticus
    2019-03-24 23:37

    2,5 traveling starsWhere Daniel Davis never give up his search for the Door into SummerO donde el gato Pete (aka Petronius the Arbiter) se roba el libro, tomando Ginger Ale y mostrando más firmeza de caracter que el humano.*cofpalizacof*Coincido con Eilonwy en que lo mejor de la historia es la relación de Dan y Pete, y la devoción que siente por éste. Lo más que le preocupa es no dejar abandonado a su gato a su suerte, y hasta llevarlo consigo en el Sueño Frio.Porque aparte de eso, cuesta muchisimo conectarse con el protagonista. Un ingeniero la mar de optimista hasta ser bastante pagado de sí mismo, que no lo dice pero es un genio inventor, con ninguna visión de los negocios, con detalles inconfortables acerca de las mujeres y hasta podria decirse pedófilo (view spoiler)[¡Ricky tiene 11 años y la cita para casarse! (hide spoiler)]Aunque claro, si piensas que irte al futuro va a mejorar tu vida , podrias llevarte una tremenda sorpresa.SPOILERSDetalles interesantes: Siendo 1970 en la novela, se menciona que han pasado por la Guerra de las Seis Semanas (?), donde los norteamericanos han triunfado mayormente con armas atómicas y el uso de reservas de tropas con Sueño Frio (criogenia) y la Droga Zombie , que es un suero de la verdad que en realidad es un suero-hace-esclavos que deja sin voluntad.La Muchacha de Servicio el robot que inventa Davis, hace recordar a roomba la aspiradora robótica que salió en 2002En 2001 usan tarjetas-cheques bancarias con un 'código' para sacar dinero. Hacen un proceso a los dientes que los ¡autoregenera! y hay pildoras anti-caries. La colonización espacial esta en stand-by. Hay mención de una posible existencia de universos alternativos.(view spoiler)[¿Me encontré de un salto en un universo distinto, distinto porque había interferido con su estructura? ¿A pesar de que me encontré allí a Ricky y Pet? ¿Existe otro universo en algún sitio (o en algún tiempo) donde Pet maulló hasta desaparecer y luego salió a arreglárselas por sí solo, abandonado? ¿Y en el cual Ricky nunca consiguió huir con su abuela y tuvo que sufrir la ira vengadora de Belle? (hide spoiler)]Otra cosa que me llama la atención es que me recuerda vagamente a la vieja historia clásica de Rip Van Wincke (view spoiler)[que a causa de las hadas (tambien conocidas genéricamente como 'Gentry', coincidente con el nombre del socio de Davis)duerme y despierta solo, sin familia ni amigos.(hide spoiler)]Recuerdo que un amigo siempre me discutía acerca de la imposibilidad de realizar viajes en el tiempo citando lo de las famosas paradojas. Bueno, el concepto que tiene Heinlein es diferente, y si los posibles 'viajeros' podrian echar a perder la is only one real world, with one past and one future. “As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end, amen.” Just one… but big enough and complicated enough to include free will and time travel and everything else in its linkages and feedbacks and guard circuits. You’re allowed to do anything inside the rules… but you come back to your own door.He gave us eyes, two hands, a brain; anything we do with them can’t be a paradox. He doesn’t need busybodies to “enforce” His laws; they enforce themselves. There are no miracles and the word “anachronism” is a semantic blank.Pero deben haber novelas mejores ciertamente. Asi que no la recomiendo. Sorry Pete.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Simon
    2019-04-17 02:41

    This is a very accessible and entertaining Heinlein read. It is set in what was then a couple of decades into the future: 1970. The protagonist ends up travelling 30 years into his future by means of a cryogenic sleep to wake up in the year 2000. Reading this book in the year 2015 gives one quite a different perspective than one would have had reading it when it first came out. One can look back and judge how the authors vision of those years diverged from reality. This is an optimistic book. Optimistic in several ways. The author envisaged humanity being more technologically advanced that we actually were both in the year 2000 and even the year 1970. More importantly though it is optimistic in a way that reflects the time in which it was written and in a way that is deeply unfashionable now. It reflects a belief in human progress and that human society (and the human condition) generally keep getting better. It certainly seems that way through the eyes of the protagonist and, one suspects, the author.The protagonist is a likeable character although the relationship with his business partner's daughter is a bit disconcerting (particularly to the modern reader).But all in all a very good read and a good place to start if you are new to his work.

  • Marcos
    2019-04-06 00:24

    Y por fin, con algo de demora, me termino la lectura.Primera lectura de Heinlein y la he acabado bastante contento. Una lectura muy amena en la que no ha habido momento para el aburrimiento... de hecho la novela es relativamente corta y se agradece que no añadan cientos de páginas de "paja".La historia del libro toca uno de los clichés típicos del género, los viajes temporales. Pese a no ser gran fan de este tipo de novelas lo cierto es que me ha parecido original. La única pega que le podría encontrar es que para Heinlein su futuro "avanzado" fue 2001... y claro hay cosas que rascan. Pero como digo es un mal menor.No tengo dudas, seguiré leyendo novelas de este gran autor.

  • Lado
    2019-03-31 02:14

    ,,თავისუფალი ნება და ბედისწერა, ორივე ჭეშმარიტებაა.მხოლოდ ერთი სამყარო არსებობს, ერთი წარსულითა და ერთი მომავლით... ,,აწ და მარადის უკუნითი უკუნისამდე''... სამყარო დასასრულის გარეშე.მხოლოდ ერთი სამყარო,რომელიც იმდენად რთულია,რომ თავის სქემებში თავისუფალ ნებასაც იტევს, დროში მოგზაურობასაც და ყველაფერ დანარჩენსაც. ბოლოს ისევ საკუთარ კარს უბრუნდები''. ბიჭო ჰაინლაინ <3

  • Valeroo
    2019-04-01 03:27

    If ever I own a Cat his name will be Pete, for short.

  • Chris
    2019-04-11 01:19

    Oh, 1950s science fiction - is there nothing you can't do?One of the downsides to our modern information age is that we have so much information available to us. If I see a reference on a blog or in a book that I don't know, it's a quick hop over to Google or Wikipedia to find out what it is, and if it's really interesting I can find myself learning about something I never knew before. And so, if I want to know more about cold sleep, robotics or time travel, there's a whole host of ways that I can not only learn about it, but learn why it's just so hard to do. I mean, think about robotics - we've been looking forward to the perfect household robot for decades now. One that can cook and clean and do all those tiresome chores that we would rather not spend our time doing. The problem is that those tiresome chores are actually marvelously complex tasks, involving not only precise physical movements, but some very complicated judgment calls. Every time we figure out how to get a robot to do one of those things, we then have a hundred other things that need to be done to get it even close to human-like competence.I know this because the internet knows this.But back in 1957, this stuff was all new and fresh and unknown, so if Robert Heinlein wanted his main character to cobble together the perfect household robot with some off-the-shelf parts and a little bit of magic tech (the Thorsen Memory Tubes), then why not? Assuming we had the technology, what couldn't we build?Thus is the set-up for The Door into Summer, an adventure in engineering, patent law, and economics, with a little bit of time travel thrown into spice it up. Our hero, Daniel Boone Davis, is an engineer of the purest sort - he got into engineering to solve problems, and that's what he does. He doesn't want to be just one guy working on one cog for a huge corporation; he wants to make things himself that he knows will benefit everyone. He's a real Populist Engineer, too - his creations are made with replaceable parts, specifically so that the owner can quickly deal with any mechanical problems themselves, rather than have to wait for a repair shop to do the work. The parts are all off-the-shelf, too, which not only makes the machines easier to produce, but makes the production cost lower. In other words, he's making machines that will benefit as many people as possible, and the first one is the somewhat misogynistically-named Hired Girl.This machine (which is a very close approximation of the Roomba, by the way) becomes an instant success, and the company that Dan forms to take care of it is looking to become fantastically wealthy. Unfortunately for Dan, his business partners - Miles and Belle - are far more interested in becoming filthy rich than helping mankind. So when it looks like Dan's newest creation, an all-purpose household robot named Flexible Frank, is going to be a wild success, they manage to freeze him out of the company. Literally. They steal his inventions out from under him and force him to take the Long Sleep - to be frozen cryogenically for thirty years. He wakes up in the year 2000, without money, without a job or prospects, and without his beloved cat, Pete.A word about the cat angle to this story - if you're a cat person, like me, then the relationship between Dan and Pete will really resonate with you. Its clear that Heinlein himself was a cat person, as he shows a wonderful understanding of the human-cat relationship, including the absolute uncertainty as to which one is in charge at any given time. While the cat is not absolutely necessary to the plot, it's a nice addition to the story. If you're not a cat person, well... you should be.Anyway, in the wild future of 2000, Dan discovers that something very strange was going on around the time he got frozen, and the more he uncovers, the more it looks like there can be only one explanation - time travel!This is really classic science fiction at its best. The narrator is a brilliant man who never meets a problem he cannot solve, at least not eventually. He's a certified genius, and were it not for his blind spot for pretty women and his trust in his business partner, he would have had a fantastic life as an inventor. But his love of making stuff gets in the way of how the real world works, and sets him up for a series of thefts and betrayals. But you never really worry about him, because he is a man with no uncertainties. He doesn't wallow in self-loathing and moral dismay when he encounters a problem like being thirty years in the future with no means of supporting himself. No! When he sees a problem, his first thought is, "How do I solve this?"In other words, he's an engineer.It's a remarkably optimistic book, too. While the future of 2000 isn't perfect, it's still a whole lot better than 1970. And while 1970 certainly isn't perfect, it's a whole lot better than 1957. The book rests on that wonderful mid-century assumption that while human innovation can't solve every problem (and indeed often succeeds in creating more problems), it is, in the long run, a force for good. For the modern reader this may seem terribly naive, but I found it refreshing.So while the story is really pretty predictable, it's a fun ride. Even the time travel element isn't quite as risky as Heinlein tries to make it out to be, since the reason Dan opts for time travel is that he's found evidence that he's already done it. Therefore no matter how dangerous it might be, he knows for a fact that he'll be successful. He doesn't mention this, or even seem to notice it, but the sharp-eyed reader should pick it up pretty quickly.While most of the driving force of the book is what I would normally consider pretty boring - patent law and engineering - there is one element to it that is distinctly Heinlein: the universality of love. Dan is done in by his belief that he loves Belle, who turns out to be a gold-digger of the lowest order. But in the end, Dan knows who he truly loves. The only problem is that she's an eleven year-old girl. Whether in the publication year of 1957, the year Dan starts in, 1970, or the far-flung future of 2000, a grown man marrying a pre-teen is something that is generally frowned upon. They're able to settle this problem with a little time travel/cryogenic jiggery-pokery, but when you stop to think about it, the situation can be somewhat... unconventional. If you stop to really think about their relationship, there's some strange moral ambiguity going on there. Fortunately, the characters don't really care and the book ends without going into the ramifications of what they've done.The book isn't about moral complexity, though. It's about solving problems and finding happiness, no matter what you have to do to get it. It's about overcoming adversity, betrayal and even time itself to get the life that you know you deserve. It's about finding that door into summer, when all the other doors lead you only into the winter. While we may not be able to solve our problems quite as neatly as Dan Davis did, we can still follow his example.Except, perhaps, with the romancing eleven year-olds. That's still not cool.

  • Jess Johnson
    2019-04-10 23:31

    I have so much ambivalence about this book!!!I have a soft spot for vintage Sci Fi that reminds me of hanging out with my dad and discussing some thing we both read in high school. I started this book and it was hitting all the right notes for me - protagonist with a quirky, strong, distinct voice and slightly wacky approximation of 'how the future works' -- there is one really fun line where he basically approximates reading on a kindle.That said despite acknowledging this is an older book I can't begin to forgive the treatment of women in it. (view spoiler)[So the narrator proposes to an eleven year old girl and because he doesn't touch her when she's eleven and waits until she's 21 we're supposed to view him as noble? On the one hand, this is way less reprehensible than something like Lolita. Lolita, as disturbing as it is, is one of the most beautiful books I've read. It attempts to put you in the predator's mindset but the key difference for me is that it passed no judgement on the women in the novel. The women in this novel are all paper thin tropes. They have no agency or authority and for the most part are defined by their relationship to men. The 11 year old in love with the 30 year old with a bald spot? Well of course as soon as she's 21 she cryogenically freezes herself to be with him. What. The. Fuck. She is portrayed as having zero agency or thought about anything but this man for the decade in which she becomes an adult? The narrator never met her as an adult except for a picture that reveals she'll be pretty and somehow nothing else about her as an adult matters. (hide spoiler)] If this were a one-off maybe I could excuse it as being radical as part of Heinlein's views on sexual liberation but repeatedly there are comments that are derogatory towards women. Check out my kindle notes and highlights for a few examples perhaps my favorite being when he suggests automation was a bad idea because receptionists used to be pretty women. UGH!!!!In short, I docked at least one star for the treatment of women. Despite my love of the narrative voice, I think this type of novel is both what turned off more women from liking SciFi and also why so many find themselves drawn to SciFi/Fantasy YA because in these contemporary genres relatable badass female characters are so much more common.

  • Qeti
    2019-04-08 21:24

    გულწრფელად ვფიქრობ, რომ Predestination-ზე უკეთესი რამ დროში მოგზაურობის თემაზე არც ჰაინლაინს და არც რომელიმე სხვა ავტორს არ დაუწერია, იმდენად პარადოქსული და შოკისმომგვრელი რამ იყო ^^ ამიტომ "კარი ზაფხულში", სადაც აგრეთვე დროში მოგზაურობის თემატიკაა, იმდენად აღარ მომეწონა. თუმცა, თავისთავად საინტერესო წიგნია, სწრაფად იკითხება, გემრიელი სასუსნავივით, ან აზარტში შემყვანი სერიალივით. სერიალზე გამახსენდა. ბოროტ და "გათახსირებულ" ყოფილ შეყვარებულსა და ყოფილ მეგობარზე სამართლიანი შურისძიების, ნიშნისმოგებით ჩაქირქილებისა და იქედნური ღიმილის სურვილი, იყო ის, რაც წიგნის გადაუდებლად წაკითხვის აუცლებლობას ქმნიდა, მაგრამ ამავდროულად ეს იმდენად გაცვეთილი ფოკუსია, იმდენად აშკარა ხრიკია მკითხველის/მაყურებლის ყურებით ნაზად დასაჭერად, რომ საბოლოო ჯამში ნეაჰ, ვერ მოვიხიბლე :))"იმ გრძელთმიანი არარაობების" (ჰიპებზეა ლაპარაკი) ცოდვით დავიწვი. არ ეკადრება გენიალურ ჰაინლაინს მსგავსი ისტორიული შეცდომების დაშვება. მაგრამ მე ვინ ვარ, რომ განვიკითხო? :დ დრო იშვიათია ნარკოტიკია, დროის ხაფანგში გაბმული რეალობა ვიწრო და ფერად ინდივიდუალურ კალეიდოსკოპში აღიქმება ხოლმე.დადებითი მხარეები: დროის მანქანა, რომელსაც შეუძლია ერთდროულად წარსულში და მომავალში ამოგზაუროს ადამიანი, ამ წიგნში პირველად "ვნახე". ჰიპოთერმიის მეშვეობით დროში ნახტომის გაკეთებაც თავისთავად საინტერესო თემაა. "იდიოტოკრატია" გამახსენდა, ფილმი, სადაც მომავლის ადამიანების ინტელექტი ტექნოლოგიური განვითარების კვალდაკვალ არა პროგრესს, არამედ რეგრესს განიცდის. "იდიოტოკრატია" დისტოპიაა, ჰაინლაინთან კი, მიუხედავად მთელი რიგი პრობლემებისა, ტექნოლოგიური წინსვლა მხოლოდ სარგებლის მომტანი ფაქტორია ადამიანებისათვის. რას გაიგებ :)) მე მხოლოდ ის ვიცი, რომ მჯერა კოსმოსის. სხვა გალაქტიკების და სხვა სამყაროებისაც მჯერა. მათზე როგორ ვიფიქრებდით და როგორ ვიოცნებებდით, რომ არა ჰაბლი, გრანდიოზული GMT და ა.შ. თუმცა, ტექნოლოგიური სამყაროს მსგავსი ცალსახა კუთხით წარმოჩემა მეხამუშა ჰაინლაინისგან. ინი და იანი, მედალს ყოველთვის მეორე მხარე აქვს. მისგან ამას უფრო მოველოდი. მაგრამ. მიუხედავად ყველაფრისა, მაინც ნამეტნავად საინტერესო რამეა. ჰაიტ, ჯერ მარტო ფისუნია პიტის გმირობები რად ღირს! :))

  • Debbie Zapata
    2019-04-18 01:16

    We have machines that do the household drudgery better than any housewife ever could, Cold Sleep, time travel, clothes that fasten with Sticktite instead of zippers or buttons, a system of obtaining cash from our bank accounts by requesting it at certain machines, a cameo appearance by a young gentleman named Leonard Vincent who might very well have become someone much more well known, a vaguely creepy romance, and a nifty cat named Pete who drinks ginger ale. All wrapped up in Heinlein's fast-moving, humorous style with a 1957 copyright date as the crowning touch. I loved it!