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The Door into Summer is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein, published in 1957. Heinlein wrote a story that is in constant motion. It is a hard science fiction novel, with a key fantastic element, and romantic elements. Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Daniel Defoes Robinson Crusoe; title page of 1719 newspaper edition A novel (from French nouvelle, new) is an extended fictional narrative in prose. ... Heinlein autographing at the 1976 Worldcon Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was one of the most influential and controversial authors in science fiction. ... See also: 1956 in literature, other events of 1957, 1958 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Hard science fiction, or hard SF, is a subgenre of science fiction characterized by an interest in scientific detail or accuracy. ...

The novel opens in the year 1970. A mechanical engineer named Daniel Boone Davis has invented a robot capable of doing household chores and more, but his two-timing fiancée seduces his partner into gaining control of the company the three of them own. Bitter about his loss, he chooses "cold sleep" (suspended animation) with his pet cat, hoping to wake up thirty years later to a brighter future. His treacherous partners drug him, discover his plans to go into cold sleep, and arrange things so that they can take over the company and his patents. What he finds upon revival makes him desperate to return to his past. The W16 engine from a Bugatti Veyron Mechanical engineering is a very broad field of engineering that involves the application of physical principles for analysis, design, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical systems. ... A robot is a mechanical device that can perform physical tasks. ... Suspended animation is the slowing without termination of life processes by external means. ...


Perhaps the book's greatest attraction to a 21st century reader is that the future it paints is of years already past. The novel alternates settings between 1970 and 2000, and Heinlein describes each setting with enough detail to make it interesting to see what he got almost right and what he missed. One example: Davis uses a slide rule to design robots. The 21st century is the century that began on 1 January 2001 and will last to 31 December 2100. ... The slide rule, or slipstick, is an analog computer, usually consisting of three interlocking calibrated strips and a sliding window, called the cursor. ...


The protagonist's work on robotics seems to draw heavily on Heinlein's own expertise as an engineer; descriptions of that work give the novel a hard science fiction flavor. At the same time there is a touch of the soft science fiction style as the story focuses on his effort to learn to love and trust other people. Its narrative tone, the protagonist's quest, even the prominent role given to a cat is reminiscent of the work of Kinky Friedman, though it is not crime fiction except in the broadest sense of that category. Soft science fiction or soft SF is science fiction whose plots and themes tend to focus on human characters and their relations and feelings, while de-emphasizing the details of technological hardware and physical laws. ... Kinky Friedman Richard F. Kinky Friedman, (born October 31, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter, novelist and, currently, an independent candidate for the office of Governor of the State of Texas. ... Sherlock Holmes, pipe-puffing hero of crime fiction, confers with his colleague Dr. Watson; together these characters popularized the genre. ...


The novel's use of time travel and the implications of going back in time explores a classic topic of the genre. Less classic is a minor subplot exploiting time travel as a way around what would otherwise be a pedophilic relationship between the protagonist and his partner's stepdaughter. Time travel is a concept that has long fascinated humanity—whether it is Merlin experiencing time backwards, or religious traditions like Mohammeds trip to Jerusalem and ascent to heaven, returning before a glass knocked over had spilt its contents. ... Pedophilia (Am. ...


There is also a nuclear war in the story. "Also" - becuase its role in the story is quite marginal, one may say ridiculously so. It happened in the late 1960s, just before the story line opens, it lasted six weeks, Washington D.C. was destroyed, Manhatten got a near-miss which scorched areas well into Connecticut, and there were some hits in other unspecified areas. But it did not leave any lasting trauma, there is for example no mention of massive radiation illness. The US remains a strong, vibrant nation, a new capital is soon created at Denver, survivors from the hot zones head for untouched California and find there a ready welcome. After the first few pages the war is left behind, almost completely forgotten, and the story gets on with the serious matters of the hero's inventions and his unfaithful secretary. Heinlein seems to say that these few millions dead and suffering were (will be, as he was writing about his future) an acceptable price for getting rid of Communism once and for all. (The US won the war, obviously, and the Soviet Union fared much worse - though no details are given.)


Cultural connections

Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. ... The Monkees in 1967 (left to right): Michael Nesmith, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork The Monkees were a four-man musical band created to be the stars of an American television series of the same name, which ran on NBC from 1966 to 1968. ... Mike Myers as Austin Powers in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. ...

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The Internet Speculative Fiction Database is a database of bibliographic information on science fiction and related genres such as fantasy fiction and horror fiction. ...

The Novels of Robert A. Heinlein

For Us, The Living: A Comedy of Customs (1939) | Beyond This Horizon (1942) | Rocket Ship Galileo (1947) | Space Cadet (1948) | Red Planet (1949) | Sixth Column (1949) | Farmer in the Sky (1950) | Between Planets (1951) | The Puppet Masters (1951) | The Rolling Stones (1952) | Starman Jones (1953) | The Star Beast (1954) | Tunnel in the Sky (1955) | Variable Star (1955) | Double Star (1956) | Time for the Stars (1956) | Citizen of the Galaxy (1957) | The Door into Summer (1957) | Have Space Suit—Will Travel (1958) | Methuselah's Children (1958) | Starship Troopers (1959) | Stranger in a Strange Land (1961) | Podkayne of Mars (1963) | Glory Road (1963) | Farnham's Freehold (1965) | The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (1966) | I Will Fear No Evil (1970) | Time Enough for Love (1973) | The Number of the Beast (1980) | Friday (1982) | Job: A Comedy of Justice (1984) | The Cat Who Walks Through Walls (1985) | To Sail Beyond the Sunset (1987) Heinlein autographing at the 1976 Worldcon Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was one of the most influential and controversial authors in science fiction. ... For Us, The Living: A Comedy of Customs is a 1939 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein, published for the first time on November 28, 2003. ... Beyond This Horizon is a 1942 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein. ... Rocket Ship Galileo is a science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein in which boys build a rocket ship in their backyard and take it to the moon. ... Space Cadet is a 1948 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein about Matt Dodson, who joins the Space Patrol that keeps the peace in the solar system. ... Red Planet is a 1949 science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein about students at boarding school on Mars. ... Sixth Column, also published under the title The Day After Tomorrow, is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein, set in a United States that has been conquered by a foreign invader. ... Farmer In The Sky is a 1950 science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein about a boy who emigrates to Jupiters moon Ganymede, which is in the process of being terraformed, and who creates a farm out of gravel. ... Between Planets is a 1951 science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein. ... In 1951, Robert A. Heinlein published a science fiction novel, The Puppet Masters, in which American secret agents battle parasitic invaders from outer space. ... The Rolling Stones (also published under the name Space Family Stone in the United Kingdom) is a 1952 science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein June 1, 1952, Atheneum, library binding, ISBN 0684923033 June 13, 1985, Del Rey, paperback reissue edition, 256 pages, ISBN 034532451X May 12, 1977, Del Rey, paperback... Starman Jones is a 1953 science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein about a farm boy with an eidetic memory. ... The Star Beast is a 1954 science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein about a high school senior who discovers that his late fathers extra-terrestrial pet is more than it appears to be. ... Tunnel in the Sky is a science fiction book written by Robert Heinlein and published in 1955. ... In 2004, Spider Robinson pronounced himself overjoyed to begin working on a lengthy 1955 novel outline by the late Robert A. Heinlein in order to expand it into a novel, thus making it a collaborative effort. ... Double Star is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein. ... Time for the Stars is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1956. ... Citizen of the Galaxy is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1957. ... title a rip off of have gun, will travel Have Space Suit—Will Travel is a juvenile science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1958. ... Methuselahs Children is a 1941 science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein. ... Starship Troopers is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1959. ... Stranger in A Strange Land Cover Stranger in a Strange Land is a 1961 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein. ... Podkayne of Mars is a science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein published in 1963, about a teenage girl named Podkayne and her little brother, an antisocial genius, who leave their home on Mars to take a trip on a spaceliner to see Venus and Earth, accompanied by their uncle. ... Glory Road is a fantasy novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1963. ... Farnhams Freehold is a science fiction tale set in the near future by Robert Heinlein. ... The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress cover The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress is a 1966 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein about a lunar penal colonys revolt against rule from Earth. ... I Will Fear No Evil is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1970. ... Time Enough for Love is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1973. ... Book cover The Number of the Beast is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1980 (ISBN 0-44-913070-3). ... Friday is a 1982 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein. ... Job: A Comedy of Justice is a novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1984. ... Book cover The Cat Who Walks Through Walls is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1985. ... To Sail Beyond the Sunset is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1987. ...


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The SF Site Featured Review: The Door Into Summer (1036 words)
This is The Door Into Summer, a Robert A. Heinlein novel from 1957 (serialized in 1956), the very height of his glorious "middle period," when he was still writing compact novels, and when he was also writing his juveniles.
The Door Into Summer is one of Heinlein's sunniest novels, and one of his most straightforwardly enjoyable.
For Dan Davis, the Door into Summer is the door to the future.
The Door into Summer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (646 words)
The Door into Summer is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein, published in 1957.
"The Door into Summer" is the name of a track on Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, and Jones, Ltd., an album by The Monkees.
The concept of a man and his cat being frozen for thirty years is used in the film Austin Powers.
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