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Revenge for what they did to his cat!
on August 28, 2003
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. When they steal his latest invention, he's okay with that. When they drug him and throw him into cryogenic sleep for 30 years, well, the "future" is not so bad. However, when they try to harm his cat, Dan Davis must revenge himself on the perpetrators. Fortunately, there is a method available for a suitable revenge....
This book is charming, fun, and a very quick read at 160 pages. I can see why people have such great affection for it (although I doubt man dog-lovers do...). It's remarkably cheerful and optimistic. Although I would not consider it a "juvenile" novel, it has the same upbeat tone as Rocket Ship Galilieo and Between Planets.
Some of Heinlein's inventions are eerily prescient: urban sprawl on the west coast, Velcro, CAD, easing of nudity taboos, etc. Let's be realistic, however - there are equal numbers (or more) of busts - automatic vacuums, robots, and nuclear war, to name a few. Heinlein has always been a writer that seems prescient, but it's only because statistically, someone who makes as many predictions as he is bound to get some right. Likewise, the main character is not realistic - resourseful, inventive, likeable, yes, but no one person could invent the things Davis does. Therefore, I recommend the book because of it's sunny disposition, while simultaneously shaking my head at its absurdities.