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The Door into Summer [Mass Market Paperback]

Robert A. Heinlein
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Oct. 12 1986
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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From the Publisher

After Heinlein passed away, Del Rey published a book called Grumbles from the Grave, and I had the great pleasure of working with Virginia Heinlein on gathering photos and other material to accompany the letters and text that made up the book. While at her house, I was introduced to a cat named Pixel.

It must not have been this particular feline that inspired the cat in A Door into Summer, but it certainly could have been, and I re-read the book as soon as I could.

If you haven't read Henlein, you haven't read science fiction, and if you haven't read this, you haven't read Heinlein. It's the quintessential time travel-paradox story. It's exciting, it's fun, and of course, there's the cat.
                                                --Alex Klapwald, Director of Production

About the Author

Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) was educated at the University of Missouri and the US Naval Academy, Annapolis. He served as a naval officer for five years but retired in 1934 due to ill health. He then studied physics at UCLA and worked in a number of jobs before beginning to publish science fiction in 1939. Among his many novels are Double Star, Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good easy read June 15 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Easy to follow book, your are kept
into the story at every pages. Lot's of
happenings. This is a highly recommended
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4.0 out of 5 stars Odd & Wonderful May 13 2014
By Jeffrey Swystun TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
I initially picked this book because of its time travel aspect but discovered it is rich with other devices. Heinlein wrote it in 1957 but positions the action mostly in 1970, 2000 and 2001. What is very curious is setting the action after a limited nuclear war establishing an interesting backdrop and references to that conflict. The lead character, Daniel Boone Davis, is delightfully caustic and full of fabulous observations about people and life, consider this one, "I have spent too much of my life opening doors for cats—I once calculated that, since the dawn of civilization, nine hundred and seventy-eight man-centuries have been used up that way. I could show you figures.”

In addition to time travel there is the invention of advanced robots and the use of suspended animated long sleeps. The author winds these science fiction favourites together into a story that includes corporate intrigue and a more than creepy romantic angle. The latter is cleverly dealt with through the wonders of time travel. At its heart this is a tale of revenge and indictment of people's greed and envy. The novel's catalyst was an observation made by Heinlein's wife when the family cat refused to leave their house, "he's looking for a door into summer."
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5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless classic! July 20 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The Door into Summer" is Heinlein's best and one of my top favorites. I cannot remember how many times I have reread this book, even if not from page 1 till the end, but definitely chapters of it. Besides an amazing plot, the characters have depth and of course the cat with a mind of his own. Heinlein is definitely a great story teller when he sets his mind to it. Our hero's narration of his misfortunes and ultimate revenge and reward is simply delightful reading, with never a dull moment. There are even some sweet moments which are touching. One cannot help but wish the best for our hero and his cat. And this story remains one of the best about time travelling though "Replay" by Ken Grimwood comes a close second. The Door into Summer is simply timeless and will always remain in the front row of my favorite books.
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Written in the mid-50's, Heinlein was projecting the future for both the 1970's setting and the 2001 setting for this story. While his choices are interesting (and some, such as the ubiquitous ATM's in 2001, are amazingly accurate), what I found most interesting was the role patents play in this story. Heinlein clearly appreciates the role that patents play in the business world, and makes good use of them as a vehicle for Dan's ultimate revenge. Overall, Heinlein's descriptions of patents and the patenting process remain accurate after almost 50 years, though the patent laws have been tweaked slightly in the last decade. If anything, patents are even more important today than they were in the 1950's (when Heinlein was writting this book the U.S. had issued about 2.5 million we are rapidly approaching 7 million!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Heinlein's Very Best Jan. 12 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When you hang on to a book through three decades, three trans-continental moves and various other tidal forces such as marriage and kids you either a) are very possesive about books (guilty) or b) you have a book worth hanging on to - one of those that is lovingly packed for a move well before the last-minute frenzy to shove everything into boxes and one that makes 'home' out of wherever those boxes are unpacked.
Heinlein wrote simply a ton of excellent science fiction and his place in the pantheon of that genre is so assured as to be fundamental. So when a lot of people, and check the number of reviews on this well-aged book, say it might be one of his best it's worth at a minimum a second look.
In this story you get not just time travel, cryogenic sleep, and robots, you get a quick tour through the meanings of friendship, love, deceit, the sweetness of affection and the bitterness of betrayal and if you don't have a good time along the way then there's really nothing I can think of to recommend for you with any likelihood of better luck. I'm sure there are lots of fine people who despise 'The Door Into Summer', I just don't know any of them.
My original copy has survived three decades in my possession; it's original cost was $1.50. Today's version costs a bit more but it'll have acid-free paper and probably better typeface and binding. The contents still outweigh the cost by a wide margin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Time Travel at Its Best Sept. 22 2003
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At the time he was writing, Heinlein's books were so much better than all the others because he was so much smarter than most other writers. He thought things through first (which many others did too), but then he added an element that many other sf writers didn't (and some STILL don't): humanity.
Dan Davis, an inventor, narrates the story. He's a brilliant inventor and has come up with some pretty amazing gadgets, including Hired Girl, a robot who cleans, sweeps, vacuums, mops, and generally works all day long without supervision. Dan's problems begin mounting when he learns he's been betrayed by his partner. And to add insult to injury, Dan's fiancée is in on the betrayal as well. As if betrayal alone isn't enough, the two conspirators have Dan placed into a 30-year suspended animation. Dan wakes up 30 years later and is focused on one thing: revenge.
Now lots of authors could have taken the above premise and come up with an entertaining story. Heinlein did this and much more. He shows us that change (for individuals and for all humanity) is difficult, but not impossible. The future is full of challenges, but no matter how much technology changes, no matter how much language, currency, and trends change, man's basic instincts and attitudes remain constant.
Heinlein also tackles the implications of time travel better than anyone else from this period. (The book first appeared in 1957.) The problem of time travel is well thought out and logical. (Wish you could say that about every time travel story.) If you haven't read Heinlein, or if all you've read is 'Stranger in a Strange Land,' 'Starship Troopers,' or 'The Moon is a Harsh Mistress' (all great books), treat yourself to a fun, intelligent read from one of the true masters.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Antiquated
If I'd read this book in the early 1970's, when I was a young teenager, I would have loved it. Cryogenics mixed with time travel... a feast for a young science fiction fan. Read more
Published on March 3 2012 by Samantha
5.0 out of 5 stars Have a pencil a paper handy
RAH wanted to see if we could follow him through this one!!! You'll be provoked into making sure it works. You'll have fun checking!!!!!
Published on April 12 2004 by Jim-bob Furlbottom
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, charming SF tale
I rank this among Heinlein's three absolutely magisterial novels (the other two being _Double Star_ and _The Moon is a Harsh Mistress_). Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2003 by John S. Ryan
3.0 out of 5 stars Revenge for what they did to his cat!
Dan Davis is an engineer and inventor. He loves his cat. When his fiance and business partner force him out of his own company, he's okay with that. Read more
Published on Aug. 28 2003 by Craig MACKINNON
5.0 out of 5 stars Grandly Entertaining
Ideally, this book should be read right after Starship Troopers. I cannot imagine two more dissimilar books from the same author. Read more
Published on July 19 2003 by Raphael Collin
5.0 out of 5 stars The Very Best Heinlein
This, like The Rolling Stones has a special effect on me. I don't understand why with this novel either. Read more
Published on July 5 2003 by James H. McDuffie
5.0 out of 5 stars An oldie but a goodie
This book was written a long time ago, but is still very good.
This is the story of an inventor who is cheated by his business partner and his gold-digging fiancee and forced... Read more
Published on May 11 2003
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