Dan Davis, an electronics engineer, had finally made the invention of a lifetime: a household robot that could do almost anything. Wild success was within reach, but then Dan's life was ruined. In a plot to steal his business, his greedy partner and greedier fiancée tricked him into taking the "long sleep": suspended animation for 30 years.
When he awoke in the far different world of A.D. 2000, he made an amazing discovery. And suddenly Dan had the means to travel back in time and get his revenge.
Once again, the author of Stranger in a Strange Land and Starship Troopers displays his genius. The Door into Summer proves why Robert Heinlein's books have sold more than 50 million copies while winning countless awards and earning him the title of Grand Master of Science Fiction.
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©1956 Fantasy House; ©1957, 1984 Robert A. Heinlein; ©2003 the Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"[Heinlein is] one of the grandmasters of science fiction." (Wall Street Journal)
"Heinlein...has the ability to see technologies just around the bend. That, combined with his outstanding skill as a writer and engineer-inventor, produces books that are often years ahead of their time." (Philadelphia Inquirer)
"[Heinlein is] not only America's premier writer of speculative fiction but the greatest writer of such fiction in the world. He remains today as a sort of trademark for all that is finest in American imaginative fiction." (Stephen King)
Let's see... we got a protaganist we can really root for, an evil female gunning for him, time travel, and a ginger ale drinking tom cat. What more could you ask for from one of SF's masters?
This is by far my favorite short-story (novella?) by Heinlein. Of all his works, only "Moon is a Harsh Mistress" surpasses it. I last read Door Into Summer when I was in my late twenties. Am now almost 40 and it still holds my affection.
This book is a family tradition in our family. It is now being handed down to the 3rd generation. The story is one of reflection on how you want to spend your life. How insightful Hienlein was. I shall forever enjoy this book as well as his whole collection.
During the golden age of Science Fiction, when the genre transcended its pulp fiction origins to become an established literary form, Robert.A.Hienlein was without question one of the “stars”. An original voice with a wide vision he was also a writer who knew how to tell a story. While many aspects of his work now seem a little dated, such as the technology - ( he was writing in a time that had no preconception of the digital revolution that would begin to transform technology 30 odd years on ), and the social commentary - ( Heinlein was a liberal voice coming of age as a literary force at the cusp of the sexual revolution ). This does not however detract from his mastery of the basic elements of his craft. This particular novel, “The Door into Summer”, finds him at his peak as a story teller, and the pace fairly rips along, keeping the reader totally engaged and on tender hooks throughout. The central character Dan Davis has been thoroughly done over by his scheming fianc?e and his best friend. Seeking solace in escape, he plans to cryogenically freeze himself and awaken to a future free of trouble. Of course nothing turns out the way he expects and his only hope lies in returning to his past by way of new and untried technology. The plot is sublime, and has become a standard template for writers and film makers. The story is infused with all the usual Heinlein elements; talky commentary, glib wisecracks, smart-alecky rapid fire dialogue, nudity and lots of gadgetry. Everything about this story works. Heinlein at his best. A wonderful audio experience, perfectly executed and highly recommended. I loved it!
This is a classic Heinlein story of temporal displacement, speculative technology, opinionated exposition, and cat appreciation. I loved the premise of a cutting-edge engineer/inventor in "futuristic" 1970 experiencing future shock in 2001.
I really enjoyed Heinlein's take (in 1956!) on garage engineering, intellectual property, and information technology (which didn't even really exist yet). While some predictions for the future were naturally way-off, others were strikingly close to the mark.
The narration was perfect, and the reader is well-cast for the voice of the main character.
Plus it's just a fun story with a refreshingly positive outlook on the future.
I don't know why I tried this- I am allergic to Heinlein. The story, as always, is interesting. The sexual politics and misogyny, not so much. I didn't finish, but the reader was good and true to the text.
I'm always a sucker for time-travel - - and the concept of cold-sleep (cryo-sleep) to travel into the future is a neat idea - then, using pseudo-science to get the main character BACK in time - - well, it wasn't a very precise explanation, but it worked well-enough as a plot device! But, that is one thing I like about Heinlein - he doesn't overdo the explanation. He tosses out a mostly-credible premise, lays down a patina of fairly plausible science, and then just runs with the main task of character development and interaction! So what if it really wouldn't stand up to the scrutiny of a physicist. It's FICTION!!! And, as a story-teller, Heinlein is beyond reproach! He is able to get you to like (or dislike) his characters without spending excessive time describing their personalities and motivations. Concise! Refreshing!! This was a lovely little story about how to use time-travel to serve up a dish of hot Karma! And, the ending wound down to a typical Heinlein-esque "open-minded" relationship situation that left me with a tiny but of "Hmmm!" But, I'll resist spoilers! Suffice it to say that this should make for a really saucy discussion at book club! As to the narration - it was a decent job! Nothing amazing, but it was a light and fun vocal interpretation without flaws or anything that drew me out of the story. I'd listen to another audiobook read by this narrator!
This is the first time I've read this story, although I'm a fan of other Heinlein works. If you like this, I recommend The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Being an engineer, I can appreciate his coverage of "the art of the possible". Sure, the technology is dated and you have to deliberately ignore the sexist attitudes (if you can), but given that the story is from the 50's it hold up pretty well.
The visions of the future that Heinlein had in 1957 range from spot-on accuracy to quaint. Listening to the story was fun and felt a bit like it did when I read sci-fi in its golden age when I was a teenager. He had no inkling of what 2001 would be like but his concepts were still interesting. In essence he envisioned robotics to have advanced at a pace that was equal to what we now know computing did instead.
His view of the 1970's was very accurate. Probably because the society disturbing effects of the transistor and yet to be invented integrated circuits had not really hit full force by the 1970s.
This is a must read if you want the fun of seeing what the future seemed like in the late 1950's. It is almost as much a time capsule as it is a novel. That said the storyline is creative and fun. It reads a bit like a mystery novel -- light, very 50's style and fun. Cat people will really have a good time because his understanding of cat behavior is good. He misses a little on the spay-neuter front, but it still shows how things were viewed at the time.
The attack-cat scene was a hoot.
Nothing extreme, but it put a smile on my face during most of the read.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Its a classic Heinlein story, clever with interesting characters and a wonderful warmth about it. Kind of has a message about the naturalness of life and love too and its simple beauty, how that trancends times and places.
Love this book. I have read it many times and it is just as good in audio format. Some very clever twists in the tale. The way Heinlein describes the hero's relationship with his cat (Pete) is very funny and the story of Pete's battle made me laugh out loud. Well worth listening to.
"Heinlein at his VERY best"
I have been reading Heinlein all my life since my first time in the mid 50's [I started young!]. This is one of my favourites - it was at first reading and remains so today. It is a story I delve into when feeling somewhat low for it has the power to make one see the good things in life. I think that everyone wants to find 'A Door Into Summer'. Something that provides a raison d'etre. This story, of time travel and the achievement of dreams has it all. Hero, down on luck, fleeced completely, sent to sleep for a long time, manages to go back, turn things around, and arrange to marry the woman he loves. What more can one want? The story is written in the normal 'Heinleinian' fashion - fast and furious. Dialogue is sparky and the story flows easily. Future predictions [the novella was written long ago] have not all come to pass [sadly some might say] but this does not detract from a very special story. The narration is OK, not brilliant, but acceptable. It may be that the rather slow, somewhat laconic, performance does not live up to the pace of the story but that is a minor criticism. Great stuff. If you like time travel stories, romances, SF, etc., listen to this book.
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