- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz; Gollancz Collectors' Edition edition (24 Aug. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575070544
- ISBN-13: 978-0575070547
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,469,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Door Into Summer Paperback – 24 Aug 2000
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
In a deft double betrayal, Belle and Miles effectively steal the business from under Dan's nose, abandoning him to the affections of his last true friend, Pete, his cat. Dan is then plunged into a series of events in which he travels in time the slow way and the fast way.
This book doesn't waste time in lengthy discussion of the ethics and problems of time travel or the question of paradox. All of the relevant issues are dealt with, but are so well woven into the fabric of the story that you will only notice your mind reeling with the torrent of ideas when you put the book down to put the kettle on. Old Heinlein fans will be able to recognize his characterizations immediately and the familiar personalities only add to the peculiar sense of family that one seems to develop when reading Heinlein's books. Those of you new to Heinlein, however, will not find the characters difficult to identify with, you just may find them a little stereotyped or cliched, initially, but this only makes them that much more accessible. Welcome to the family.
Any fan of Heinlein will recognise immediately the moral, sociological and political fish swimming just beneath the surface of the story. As usual, Heinlein cannot resist questioning the social mores by which we live our lives and judge others, but you won't find any diatribes or sermons in what he writes.Read more ›
Something that struck me as interesting after completing the book this time round, is that although the part of the story set in the year 2000 is now history, I wasn't bothered by the lack of current (then, future unimagined technology like PC's) in the story. At no time did I sit there thinking for example: ''well that's just stupid, why wouldn't the hero just Google his niece'' To me, this just confirms the superiority of plot and writing ability which has lasted right up to the present day, without ageing and becoming unreadable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book after reading about it elsewhere. It is a great plot and would make a fantastic film. Read morePublished 7 months ago by COOPER COLLECTABLE
Really great Science Fiction novel. I read this first as a young teenager and have enjoyed coming back to it from time to time. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mr. Simon C. F. Carter
Read this as a child and although the futuristic details is now dated the story is still excellent. I enjoyed it very much.Published on 18 Jun. 2014 by Stephen Woodman
Spend a long time trawling through my mind for the name of the book as I read it previously in an other language, but it was worth it. Read morePublished on 23 Jan. 2012 by joggle.com
OK, this book was enjoyably slick and I sped through it in no time, but if you want science fiction with any depth or emotional resonance, don't expect to find it here. Read morePublished on 23 Jun. 2009 by Amazon Customer
Suspended animation, time-travel and revenge cannot save this novel from the mediocre feel that inhabits these pages. Read morePublished on 31 May 2008 by Mr. John Frank Herbert
At least until the group of books he wrote very late in his career, Heinlein tackled the theme of time travel very rarely, but when he did, most notably in "By His Bootstraps" and... Read morePublished on 25 Jan. 2004 by Patrick Shepherd
This is a good holiday book. Easy to read, enjoyable and ultimately very satisfying. This is light entertainment in book form. Read morePublished on 4 Mar. 2003 by Tim Tatton
sci - fi meets good old revenge story. And definitely a book for cat lovers. out of date now, as we have passed most of his dates, and many of Heinlein' inventions have now been... Read morePublished on 3 Mar. 2002 by nic-i-am