Fantasy and Science Fiction for Children and Teens
The Door Into Summer
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Recommended age range: 12 and up
List Price: $7.99
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Dan Davis is an inventor who developed the first robots - machines that can help with common household tasks, such as cleaning. But, he is swindled out of his company by his business partner and his fiance, and forced to take the "big sleep," suspended animation, for 30 years. Dan wakes up, penniless, in a future he helped to create. He is resigned to his fate and sets out to make a new life for himself in the future - until he learns that real time travel just might be possible.
A thoroughly enjoyable story. I read this one for the first time years ago, and have read it numerous times since then. It's a little dated - 1970 was still in the future when the book was written, and the year 2000 was far in the future. It's age shows more in the social attitudes than in the technology - even in the future most of the women seem to be housewives or receptionists. But most of the book has aged remarkably well, and the story is just as interesting today as it was decades ago.
There are a few minor profanities - the one I noticed started with 'h' - and a few oblique references to female anatomy. But it's not even close to what you see on network television these days, and should be fine for teens and most older children.
I highly recommend this science fiction classic for anyone interested in time travel or future society. Oh, and let's not forget Pete the cat - one of the best things about the book. Heinlein obviously knew and understood cats, and cat lovers will enjoy reading about Pete. It's Pete's quest for the door into summer that gives the book it's title.