- Publisher: Science Fiction Book Club; SFBC edition (2003)
- ISBN-10: 0739431293
- ISBN-13: 978-0739431290
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (356 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,018,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's part SF, part fairy tale, and part just plain good storytelling. Engineer/inventor Daniel Boone Davis and his feline companion Petronius the Arbiter are two of Heinlein's best-realized characters; the plot here is well-conceived and evenly, swiftly paced.
In case you haven't read it, I won't spoil it for you. The setup is that Davis has just been rooked by his best friend and his fiancee, and he's out to do something about it. What happens then is the story itself, so I won't tell you; I'll just say that the time-travel aspect is worked out every bit as neatly as in "By His Bootstraps", and the tale is one of Heinlein's most humane ever. I've read it more times than I can count, and there's a bit near the end that _always_ gets me. (You'll know what I mean when you get there.)
Heinlein wrote this at the peak of his talent. If you haven't read it yet, don't miss it.
Dan Davis, an inventor, narrates the story. He's a brilliant inventor and has come up with some pretty amazing gadgets, including Hired Girl, a robot who cleans, sweeps, vacuums, mops, and generally works all day long without supervision. Dan's problems begin mounting when he learns he's been betrayed by his partner. And to add insult to injury, Dan's fiancée is in on the betrayal as well. As if betrayal alone isn't enough, the two conspirators have Dan placed into a 30-year suspended animation. Dan wakes up 30 years later and is focused on one thing: revenge.
Now lots of authors could have taken the above premise and come up with an entertaining story. Heinlein did this and much more. He shows us that change (for individuals and for all humanity) is difficult, but not impossible. The future is full of challenges, but no matter how much technology changes, no matter how much language, currency, and trends change, man's basic instincts and attitudes remain constant.
Heinlein also tackles the implications of time travel better than anyone else from this period. (The book first appeared in 1957.) The problem of time travel is well thought out and logical. (Wish you could say that about every time travel story.) If you haven't read Heinlein, or if all you've read is `Stranger in a Strange Land,' `Starship Troopers,' or `The Moon is a Harsh Mistress' (all great books), treat yourself to a fun, intelligent read from one of the true masters.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was on the second or the third try that I finally read the book. I would take it out from the shelf and place it on the night stand by my bed with the intention that it would be... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Igor Medan
While 2000 wasn't everything Heinlein predicted (hey, my first reading of it was only 3 years ago! :-) ), the overriding optimism is timeless - if it isn't, 'The Door Into... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Mary L.
I read this many years ago, loved it then, loved it now. Sure, the future is not as imagined back then, but imagination is the point for this type of fiction, and the story is... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Murph
I read this book as a teenager and loved it then. Now, after reading it as an adult I find it just as intriguing, exacting, exciting and complicated!! Read morePublished 25 days ago by Wyldemoon
This is one of the better Heinlein stories, tightly closed with well-constructed characters. In later books, Heinlein seemed not to be able to close the story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James S. Sobek
Many of Heinlein's novels of the 1950s were aimed at the youth market. Simple adventure stories. This one involves a bit of time travel but doesn't overwhelm the story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by heavydude
Read this the first time about 50 years ago. Loved it then and was pleased that a second reading didn't change that. Interesting the things he predicted. Read morePublished 1 month ago by shopper
It's classic Heinlein. It's a fun read. It shows its age, but it wears it well.Published 1 month ago by Nick
I read this when I was a kid. I loved it then and I love it now. It falls somewhere between his young peoples and his adult fiction. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael Richards