The Door Into Summer
Robert A. Heinlein

It is 1970, and electronics engineer Dan Davis has finally made the invention of a lifetime: a household robot with extraordinary abilities, destined to dramatically change the landscape of everyday routine. Then, with wild success just within reach, Dan’s greedy partner and even greedier fiancée steal his work and leave him penniless, and trick him into taking the long sleep—suspended animation for thirty years.

The Door Into Summer book cover

“suicide is such a final experiment, even if the circumstances are mathematically intriguing”

It saddens me that I am now very close to having read everything heinlein ever published. One day there’ll be no more.

I think I agree with Floyd C. Gale’s analysis, “Heinlein paints a detailed picture of both civilizations, so evocative that 1970 emerges clearly in the reader’s mind as the old days,
and pretty primitive at that”. It’s a fast, fun, tinkery story, and although the romantic aspect gave me pause for thought, it does seem silly not to acknowledge that custom more than anything else dictates sexual relationships and of course Bob’s a man for pushing at any boundary when he gets his eyes on it. If you are a Heinlein fan I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Published by Sean Randall

I am an avid reader, technologist and disability advocate living in the middle of England with my wife, daughter and pets.

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