Review: The Door into Summer by Robert A. Heinlein

An easy read for a full length time travel novel from the author who brought us “All You Zombies” and “By His Bootstraps”. Was walking through this door worth it?

This was a very easy book to read through, though at times it did get get a little monotonous with its predictability and a lot of talk about stocks and shares.

Given some of Heinlein’s short stories, I was hoping for some more clever time loops and paradoxes and things; these were given a cursory page towards the end of the novel, but what actually did happen was so transparent you could see it coming a mile away.

I’m not sure whether cryogenics counts as a form of time travel, but the bottom line in that you’re in the future in less experienced time than actual time I suppose makes it almost viable – and then a time machine enters the novel and takes the main character back to the present.

It was interesting to read a description of our past (year 2000) as the future from the viewpoint of someone from the 70’s…but really not that interesting to read what he was doing there.

The writing style is fast paced, and sometimes with some quite comical moments and acute observations.

Paul

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