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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 greedier fiancée trick him into ...
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Overview

"Not only America's premier writer of speculative fiction, but the greatest writer of such fiction in the world. He remains today as a sort of trademark for all that is finest in American imaginative fiction."
—Stephen King

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 greedier fiancée trick him into taking the long sleep—suspended animation for thirty years. They never imagine that the future time in which Dan will awaken has mastered time travel, giving him a way to get back to them—and at them . . .

Once again, the author of Stranger in a Strange Land and Starship Troopers displays his genius. The Door in to Summer proves why Robert Heinlein's books have sold more than 50 million copies, winning countless awards, and earning him the title of Grand Master of Science Fiction.

"Heinlein . . . has the ability to see technologies just around the bend. That, combined with his outstanding skill as a writer and engineer-inventor, produces books that are often years ahead of their time."
—Philadelphia Inquirer

"One of the grandmasters of science fiction."
—The Wall Street Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345413994
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.45 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was an American science fiction writer. Often called the "dean of science fiction writers," he was one of the most influential and controversial authors of the genre. He set a standard for science and engineering plausibility and helped to raise the genre's standards of literary quality. He was one of the first science fiction writers to break into mainstream magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post in the late 1940s. He was one of the best-selling science fiction novelists for many decades. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke were known as the "Big Three" of science fiction.
Heinlein, a notable writer of science fiction short stories, was one of a group of writers who came to prominence under the editorship of John W. Campbell, Jr. in his Astounding Science Fiction magazine—though Heinlein denied that Campbell influenced his writing to any great degree.
Within the framework of his science fiction stories, Heinlein repeatedly addressed certain social themes: the importance of individual liberty and self-reliance, the obligation individuals owe to their societies, the influence of organized religion on culture and government, and the tendency of society to repress nonconformist thought. He also examined the relationship between physical and emotional love, explored various unorthodox family structures, and speculated on the influence of space travel on human cultural practices. His approach to these themes led to wildly divergent opinions on what views were being expounded via his fiction.
The 1961 novel Stranger in a Strange Land is viewed by many as his masterpiece, incorporating many of the aforementioned themes found in his literature. It also contains perhaps the clearest explication of Heinlein's metaphysical, and possibly spiritual, philosophy, encapsulated in the iconic phrase "Thou art god". This philosophy resonated greatly with readers in the counterculture at the time. Since its publication, Stranger in a Strange Land has been a classic among counterculture readers. It has enjoyed widespread success, being one of the most popular science fiction books of all time, and is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest science fiction novels ever written.
Heinlein won Hugo Awards for four of his novels; in addition, fifty years after publication, three of his works were awarded "Retro Hugos".

Biography

Robert Anson Heinlein was born in Butler, Missouri in 1907. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he was retired, disabled, in 1934. He studied mathematics and physics at the graduate school of the University of California and owned a silver mine before beginning to write science fiction in 1939. In 1947 his first book of fiction, Rocket Ship Galileo, was published.

Heinlein was guest commentator for the Apollo 11 first lunar landing. In 1975 he received the Grand Master Nebula Award for lifetime achievement. Mr. Heinlein died in 1988.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Anson MacDonald; Robert Anson Heinlein (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 7, 1907
    2. Place of Birth:
      Butler, Missouri
    1. Date of Death:
      May 8, 1988
    2. Place of Death:
      Carmel, California

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2002

    Greatest possible introduction into time travel!

    This was my first book on the subject of time travel, and I have been fascinated by it ever since. When compared to todays stories of such science-fiction, it is simplistic and almost childish, but I loved it, and have read it many times over the years. I enjoyed it more than any of Heinlein's other books.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    A Bit Dated But...

    Still a personal favorite. Refreshingly chauvinistic and written before writers began mixing their pronouns. Pure fantasy (a guy and a cat? come on!) but still a good read for those of us still able to suspend our disbelief.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 1999

    well written books

    I think that this was one of Heinleins better books. It kept my attention through the whole thing, and I really enjoyed it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    A must read

    Love this book

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  • Posted August 10, 2012

    Love Heinlein, but this isn't on his Hit List, try "Job" instead.

    Would have been a good read in the 70s or even the 80s, but falls flat today as a book about "the future" world of 2000. With no mention of computers, internet, or cell phones, it becomes apparent that artists, authors, and brilliant people, have no clue about the real future.

    If you'd like a really fun Heinlein read, try his 1984 book Job: A Comedy of Justice...one of the finest books I've ever read, hands down. One of the few books I ever cared to read again 20 years later...and it still rang true.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2006

    Rikki Tikki I feel dirty

    I loved this book when I was young, but even then thought there was something wrong about it. Even with the time travel, it's still an attempt to turn Lolita into a True Love Story. Nabokov, at least, knew better. Ultimately, it's a fine introduction to Heinlein, including the peccadillos that have not served him well. But I would probably try the uninitiated young reader on Podkayne first.

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