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The Door into Summer (1957)

de Robert A. Heinlein

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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?and Dan's life was ruined. In a plot to steal his business, his greedy partner and greedier fiancee tricked him into taking the ?long sleep??suspended animation for thirty years. But 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, winning countless awards, and earning him the title of Grand Master of Science Fiction.… (més)
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Heinlein's obsession with nudity shows in almost every book. The book is also so old that that the author can comfortably write about the main character proposing to a 12 year old child (which thanks to time travel ages to 21 before marriage). ( )
  TeaTimeCoder | Mar 2, 2021 |
Really dated today. One time travel trip, two long sleeps, twists. You can tell Heinlein was an engineer at some stage. He wrote it in 1958, set it in 1970 and 2000. Interesting speculation on the future, but shows the limitations. Written in a folksy-aw-shucks style. ( )
  hvgriggs | Feb 18, 2021 |
A great early- mid Heinlein book that I’d somehow never read. It has a few great elements (a cat! An engineer protagonist! Cryonic preservation of humans, I.e. sane time travel. robotics. Forensic accounting and corporate governance) and a couple not great ones (stupid time travel, and a sexual relationship with a 6-11 year old girl/family friend by waiting for her to turn 21...), but overall it was really good. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
If you are going to indulge yourself in reading 1950's science fiction, you can't avoid Heinlein. I have previously read four books by him. Two collections of short stories and two novels: [The Puppet Masters] and [Double Star], were both fast moving science fiction tales that relied very much on storytelling rather than characterisation. The Door into Summer is very much of the same vein, but this time there is an excellent story to tell and Pete the cat is the best character.

The novel was published in 1957, but Heinlein imagines an America in 1970 and again in the year 2000. Our hero Daniel Boone Davis is an engineer and inventor, and a typical character of much 1950's science fiction, he has a great sense of personal liberty and self reliance; an individual who does things his own way, not afraid to kick against corporate authority and not afraid to take risks. He invents a series of household aids that become successful, he is cheated out of the profits of his company by his secretary and his business manager and is tricked by them into taking the big sleep (suspended animation) for a thirty year period. He awakes in 2000 still infused with a need to use his engineering skills, but the world has moved on. He gets a job in an off shoot of the company he started and is intrigued that the original patents for their best selling machines still bear his name. He discovers that time travel has been successfully attempted and tricks his way into going back to 1970 to discover what happened and to collect Pete his cat.

It is an intricate tale of time travel forwards and backwards first by cryogenic suspended animation and then by a time machine, but the story evolves around D B Davis's attempts to put things right back in 1970 and to get the girl he loves. His main motive however is that he wants to continue working with his beloved inventions, but has discovered he much prefers the future 2000, rather than the more dull 1970. Fixing things back in the past while preserving a better future has long been a theme of science fiction writers and while Heinlein spends a little time on theories of time travel, it is really only a plot device. The meat of the book is Davis's attempts to fix things for his own advantage. Heinlein has to invent two scenarios Great Los Angeles in 1970 and Denver the new seat of government of the USA in 2000. He manages this pretty well and the worlds that he describes bear some relation to the worlds that we recognises today. This is such a good story that we can forgive Heinlein almost anything as his tale rushes onwards. It is inventive, funny and full of wonder and it even has a scene in a naturist colony: Heinlein loves the characters in his books to get naked. (although being 1950 he rarely does anything with them).

Last night I started the novel and found I was three quarters of the way through at 1.30 am - what to do? finish or go to bed. The fact that I even thought about finishing it shows what a good page turner it is. 5 stars. ( )
5 vota baswood | Nov 8, 2020 |
Heinleina, jak zawsze, po pierwsze się miło czyta. Autor oczywiście nie stroni od wrzucania długich wtrętów z ekspozycją, worldbuildingiem, przemyśleniami o rozwoju techniki i całą resztą tego obowiązkowego w SF wypełniacza / głównej treści i sensu istnienia gatunku, w zależności od preferencji czytelnika. Ale w przeciwieństwie do innych wie, jak to robić w tempie i z wyczuciem, więc nie mamy nigdy wrażenia, że fabuła mogłaby się wreszcie ruszyć.

Fabuła jest z kolei prosta jak cep, a to nie byle jakie osiągnięcie zważywszy, że zawiera zawsze komplikujący sprawy motyw podróży w czasie. Mamy jednoznacznie pozytywnego wynalazcę, jednoznacznie nieprzyjemnych jego wrogów, którzy go zrujnowali, i precyzyjnie wykonaną zemstę z przyszlości. Proste, przewidywalne, ale na tyle sympatycznie zrealizowane, że nie irytuje wtórnością, nawet bez świadomości, ile książka ma lat.

Niektóre z autorskich wizji przyszłości, jak zawsze, są przypadkiem całkiem trafne, jak choćby "wynalezienie" Roomby. Inne jak kulą w płot, więc statystycznie to wybitnym futorologiem Heinlen raczej nie był.

Pewnym zgrzytem jest finał, w którym bohater zachowuje się absolutnie niedopuszczalnie jak na dzisiejsze standardy względem pewnego dziecka, które z kolei podejmuje wybitnie niewiarygodną decyzję życiową. Nie wiem, nie rozumiem, i może nie chcę rozumieć, skąd sie autorowi ten wybryk zdarzył.

Mimo wszystko, warto przeczytać. Trąci myszką, ale to miło sie kojarzący, sympatyczny zapaszek z przeszłości gatunku. ( )
  GrzegorzS | Nov 2, 2020 |
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D'Achille, GinoAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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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?and Dan's life was ruined. In a plot to steal his business, his greedy partner and greedier fiancee tricked him into taking the ?long sleep??suspended animation for thirty years. But 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, winning countless awards, and earning him the title of Grand Master of Science Fiction.

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