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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (12 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057512072X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575120723
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A popular and enduring time travel tale by one of science fiction's all-time greats.

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this book, as all Heinleins' works, is an absolute gem and a joy to read; the sort of book you cannot put down, and when you get to the end you're sad because there are no more pages.

So good we named one of our cats Pete...read the book and find out why this is relevant!

The door into summer is a cat's version of "the grass is always greener...", and it refers to the fact that his cat- as all cats - will go to the front door, reject this means of exit because it is raining and go to the back door, hoping to find it sunny there, in other words, wanting to find the door into summer. The whole book is full of typical Heinlein hypotheses...what ifs.

If you don't buy this and read it you really are missing out on one of the best novels ever written, whether you like sci-fi or not.

(NB Our other cat is called Spangle; Michael Marshall Smith readers will understand this one...!)
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By John M. Ford TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Dec. 2013
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Dan invents some very clever and marketable mechanical devices that ease the burden of housework. A stereotypical engineer, he has no business sense and leaves all of the financial arranging to his partner. Who, of course, betrays him. Depressed and destitute, Dan decides to delay decisions and drop out.* He goes into suspended animation for thirty years and emerges to face a changed world. Changed in some ways he had not anticipated. Dan learns that time travel is now possible and vows to return to the past and make things right. We wonder how he can succeed and whether he will finally get the girl.

It's a good Robert Heinlein story with interesting characters and a signature reverence for science and technical details. The characters are uncomplicated--you can always tell the good guys from the bad guys even when poor Dan cannot. Heinlein introduces the vocabulary and paradoxes of time travel with minimal pain. This may not be the very best first experience with Heinlein or time travel, but it will do.

The book is recommended to anyone who enjoys a good story and doesn't mind invented technology that now seems dated. Readers hungry for more of Heinlein's views on time travel should pick up a copy of his "All You Zombies-". It will make your head spin. Those preferring a more comprehensive exposure will enjoy Harry Turtledove's The Best Time Travel Stories of the 20th Century.
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*Sorry about the alliterative excess. Just couldn't help myself.
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This is a short novel from one of the true greats of golden-age SF. The narrator of the story, inventor Dan Davis, time travels to recover inventions stolen from him by his treacherous business partners.
I first read this in my teenage years and remember being blown away by it. Revisiting it with more experience one can see the flaws and the parts where the plot creaks a little, but nevertheless I'd still recommend reading it, although it does now seem a bit dated. However, one should remember that this was written over 50 years ago, and Heinlein got there before the many imitators.
Maybe it's the sign of the times, but did the part involving Ricky seem a little uncomfortable?? Maybe it's just a throw back to more innocent times...
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I first read this book about 40 years ago (in the 1970s) and the image of the cat constantly looking for the door into summer stayed with me. I remembered it being about cryogenics but little else. I was thrilled to find it again in the Kindle store. What made it an even better read now in 2014, was looking at Heinlein's view of what the year 2000 looked like from the 1970s. The idea of "Draughting Dan" being a machine for architects and engineers to design using a keyboard may have seemed so futuristic when the book was written but we take this technology for granted now. This is such an enjoyable book, with humour, mystery and a cute cat.
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Sci fi with comedic elements is rare,but Heinlein has managed to achieve this with good effect in his well written book.An original take on the time travel story.Quite a short story unfortunetly since I could have happily read on for another 100 pages or more.The relationship that lead character has with his cat is a lovely to read since Im an animal lover.It helps to set this story apart from other time travel stories.The cat at times seemed to almost speak to him,which left me abit confused.Was it a case of his meows sounding like words or not.This was never explained in it the book.Read the book for yourself and decide.
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By Eleanor TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 Jan. 2014
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This is the first Robert Heinlein I've read and I loved it. Engineer Dan Davis has reached rock bottom: betrayed by both his fiancée and business partner he decides to leave 1970 behind and enter 'cold sleep' for 30 years. What follows is a highly entertaining story, with great heroes and villains and a tight seamless plot. I especially enjoyed Heinlein's imagining of 1970 (the novel was first serialized in 1956) and 2000, as well as the author's ailurophilia, as evidenced by the character of tomcat Pete.
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I first read this story more than 30 years ago and really enjoyed it. It has simple themes of science fiction relating to time travel and cold storage of humans while still alive. The two themes are mixed together cleverly so that time paradoxes are believable. It has dated references to the current science of the time but this does not detract from the story.
It's a good introduction to Sci-Fi and doesn't strain the grey matter like a lot of up to date stories tend to do.
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