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The Door into Summer by Robert A. Heinlein
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The Door into Summer (1957)

by Robert A. Heinlein

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Dan Davis is an inventive engineer and he's come up with a product that will revolutionise home-making in the 1970's. He wants to use this success to further his research and has grander schemes in mind. Unfortunately for Dan his two business partners want to sell out and conspire to put Dan out of the picture of his own company. Sold down the river by his best friend and the woman he loves Dan decides to get away from everything and take the long sleep and so sets in motion proceedings for him and his cat to be cryogenically frozen for 30 years. Changing his mind at the eleventh hour he decides to confront the evil duo and see what he can salvage from the situation. Things don't go as planned and he ends up frozen anyway and wakes up in the year 2000 pretty much dead broke. Can he somehow turn his luck around and get his revenge on those who did him wrong? Maybe if he can convince someone to allow him to use that experimental time machine.

Written in the 50's with values very much of the time where women are very much subservient to their male counterparts (though not quite as bad as some I've read). It's a good story of love and betrayal further complicated with the use of time-travel. Cat people will enjoy Petronius the Arbiter (Pete for short) especially the conversations between him and Dan. While I enjoyed this tale immensely it does come with an ickiness factor concerning the ending. Dan leaves Ricky as an 11 year old girl and the next time he sees her they get married with Ricky now a young woman of 21. A helluva lot of changes occur in those ten years so why not get to know each other again before diving straight into that kind of commitment. Is Dan essentially marrying an 11-year-old as no actual time passed for him? Ah! The vagaries of time travel and suspended animation. If you can live with what happens in the spoilery bit or just not think about it too much then this book would be a 4★ rating. As it is I can't justify that mark but am loathe to knock it down too far as it was, although short, an interesting and very readable tale. ( )
  AHS-Wolfy | Jun 24, 2015 |
True love conquers time, an engineer invents cybernetics, and Heinlein does some early playing around with time-travel theory. ( )
  jzdro | Feb 5, 2015 |
I still can't get over this being a Heinlein book. It's so cute and funny, very much unlike the other Heinlein books I've read. A nice, quick read on the future and time-travel and love. ( )
  fabooj | Feb 3, 2015 |
A pretty good story. Not as much sexist BS as in others I've read. A good confusing take on the whole time travel thing, a likable lead character and a pretty cool cat. Nice escapism and he nailed some future innovations though he missed on others (including the main invention). ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 15, 2014 |
I like Robert Heinlein's early stories with their running-monologue narrative style that only he could pull off well. "Door Into Summer" is such a book, originally published in around 1957, it gives an interesting view of the "future" of 1970 and the even more distant "future" of 2000!

"Despite the crepe-hangers, romanticists and anti-intellectuals, the world steadily grows better because the human mind, applying itself to environment, makes it better. With hands ... with tools ... with horse sense and science and engineering." - RAH

I've read a few of Heinlein's early books and this one was the first to delve into time travel. Not really as good as his Methuselah books, still a fun read. Dan Davis is a creative engineer - not much sense when it comes to business nor to love, and gets cheated by both! Bella the secretary turns out to be a shyster - and his business partner Miles is as much a victim as Dan is.

Dan describes the world of 1970, with its recent nuclear war and the capital of the USA in Denver, CO - and he decides to take the Long Sleep - a cryogenic place, run by insurance companies (who else?) and he sleeps for 30 years. And in this mix is Pete the Cat -- finiky and self-serving, as any cat can be!

He is enamored by the year 2000 with its zipperless clothing and "grabbies" (movies). But what interests this reader is how he adapts the environment so well, bends it to solve his current problem of getting his former protégé Ricky (now a grown woman) and is bummed to see she is married - but that's actually not a bad thing, as we find in the last chapters.

The discovery of an experimental time machine (temporal device) saves the day. The how and why I'll leave to Heinlein.

Bottom Line: Enjoyable, sometimes a bit too wordy and self-narrative chatty, but overall a typical Heinlein yarn. Enjoy.

Other Heinlein Collections (there are many!):

Requiem: New Collected Works by Robert A. Heinlein and Tributes to the Grand Master

TOMORROW THE STARS. A Science Fiction Anthology. Edited and with an Introduction by Robert A. Heinlein.

Analog Anthology # 2
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  jmourgos | Sep 12, 2014 |
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Dan Davis was tricked by an unscrupulous business partner and a greedy fiancee into spending thirty years in suspended animation just when he was on the verge of a success beyond his wildest dreams. But when he awoke in the future, he discovered he had the means to travel back in time -- and get his revenge!

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Success is in reach when electronics engineer Dan Davis invents a household robot that could do almost anything. His greedy partner and fiance trick him into a long sleep--suspended animation for thirty years. But he discovers he has the ability to travel back in time and seek revenge after the is awoken in a different world in A.D. 2000.… (more)

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