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The Door into Summer
(1956)


1970's Inventor/Engineer DB Davis finds himself swindled out of the rightful fruits of his labor, so opts to take his beloved cat with him into suspended animation for 30 years -- for future revenge.

Heinlein crafts a good plot with often a welcome twist, and decent characterization, as usual, especially endearing being the relationship between the lead character and his cat, Pete. An interesting part of the book is his view of L.A. in the year 2000.

Through the main character, Heinlein philosophizes that advances in technology would necessarily bring about humankind's sociological betterment. "The world steadily grows better because the human mind, applying itself to environment, makes it better." Unfortunately, quality of life has not advanced as well as he envisioned (LA's smog is still hanging around, etc.). One of the more unusual (and perhaps correct) future insights regards the economic engine, where the U.S. government subsidizes wasteful industry in order to artificially maintain jobs and manufacturing. The "door into summer" metaphor Heinlein uses well, symbolizing belief that, personally and globally, a relentless pursuit of viable options (doors), will eventually yield a positive outcome that betters our situation (summer). A nice sentiment, and something we could do more with in this post-9/11 world.



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