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The Door into Summer. 1957 The Door into Summer
by Robert A. Heinlein
First Edition 1957
New York
Hardback in dust jacket
Cover illustration by Mel Hunter
188 pages
Price: $2.95

The Door into Summer, a novel by Robert A. Heinlein.

Published as a serial in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (October, November and December 1957 issues).

The image opposite and the blurb below are from the 1960 Panther Books paperback edition. Cover illustrator unknown.

Publisher’s Blurb – Jacket Flaps
"Vintage Heinlein," wrote the Yorkshire Post when we published his volume Revolt in 2100. And "Vintage Heinlein" could, with equal truth, be said of The Door into Summer which is considered by many to be the most enjoyable of all his many novels. It has never appeared in this country and we are delighted to be publihing it.

For Dan Davis, still on the right side of thirty, suspended animation had never held any appeal. But on 3rd December, 1970, the thought of getting away from it all—from the people who had double-crossed him and from the events that had made his life go sour—became suddenly attractive. Why not take the Long Sleep and wake up in a different world? Certainly he could ensure that it would be a world without Belle Darkin and Miles Gentry, the partners who had virtually stolen his inventions and his patents. So he signed a contract with one of the many firms specialising in the business, arranged to wake up in the year 2000, was medically examined, and told to return at noon the next day.

Dan at first finds the twenty-first century very much to his liking. He also finds his own robot inventions in mass production—and patented, of all inexplicable things, in his own name. Desperate to discover how this could have happened, he manages to space jump back to 1970 . . .

But, from this point on, we must keep the reader guessing, for the subtleties of the time paradox are handled by Heinlein with an imaginative boldness that defies description.

This is Heinlein at his brilliant best—a piece of story-telling enlivened with flashes of delightful humour, the twists and turns of the plot keeping the reader guessing until the very end.

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