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The Door into Summer is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein, originally serialized in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (October, November, December 1956, with covers and interior illustrations by Frank Kelly Freas) and published in hardcover in 1957. It is a fast-paced hard science fiction novel, with a key fantastic element, and romantic elements. In three separate Locus Magazine readers polls from 1975 to 1998, it was judged the 36th, the 29th, or the 43rd all-time best science-fiction novel.

The title was triggered by a remark that Heinlein's wife had made: in the novel, the protagonist's cat refuses to leave their house through any of its numerous doors when he sees snow on the ground: he is looking for The Door into Summer. Heinlein wrote the complete novel in only 13 days. No rewrite was needed, only some light editing that Heinlein did himself.

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ISBN-10:  0345330129
ISBN-13:  978-0345330123
Publisher:  Del Rey
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review by . March 23, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Futures Passed of Days Long Passed
   People keep saying that old science fiction is dated.  Of course it is dated.  But how it is dated may be another reason for reading it.  The present is the result of decisions made in the last 50 years.  How many of them were wrong?  If they had been made correctly then this present would be different.  Some of the people writing science fiction in the 50s and 60s were looking to the near future.  Well now we are in it.      This …
The Door into Summer by Robert Heinlein
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