The Door into Summer

January 27th, 2003 Comments Off on The Door into Summer

The Door into Summer is a delightful book by Robert Heinlein, one of the great masters of Science Fiction. Written in the fifties, the book is very dated with respect to technology, but that fact is more than offset by the quality of the plot itself.

The story is told in a first-person point of view by the main character, Dan Davis, an hyper-creative engineer that design the appliance of the future: a robot able to execute most household tasks without human intervention. Everything is going well in Davis’ path to success until his greedy partner and his own fiancĂ©e trick him into leaving the business because they want to sell it to a big corporation. Depressed, he decides to take the Long Sleep, which is a form of suspended animation, and travel forward to the future. However, he gives up this idea and sets to get revenge against his enemies. His plan fails, and he is put to sleep against his will. However, the future reserves surprises not only to him, but also to his former enemies.

This is one of my preferred books in the Science Fiction field, despite its age. Even if most of its characters are too one-dimensional, Heinlein is able to keep the narrative interesting enough to allow readers to ignore the minor flaws in the style. The ending is also very well thought. And the book has a special character for those who like felines: Davis’ cat, which is a fantastic character on its own.

This is a book I recommend to every Science Fiction fan. It’s well-told tale for those who love good stories.

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