Episode – Robert Heinlein’s “By His Bootstraps”. June 11, By Fred. By His Bootstraps by Robert Heinlein WOW. This week I have the great pleasure of. Robert A. Heinlein. “My name? Uh.., just call me Joe.” Wilson set down his glass. “O. K., Joe Whatever- your-name-is, trot out that explanation and make it 1. Heinlein Society – Scholastic/Academic articles. Robert A. Heinlein short story “By His Bootstraps” The Menace from Earth by Robert A. Heinlein.

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By His Bootstraps

Books by Robert A. I don’t know how I end up reading this book, though I really enjoyed it. The scene repeats with well-worn familiarity and he heinkein left alone after the first Bob is knocked through the gate and the second Bob has left also. Bob Wilson locks himself in his room to finish his graduate thesis on a mathematical aspect of metaphysicsusing the concept of time travel as a case in point. Perhaps they exist only as folds in memory which is circular and not linear as assumed by popular belief.

And he is supposed to be a math student which doesn’t bode well for the future of this science.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Finally, Joe is about to manhandle Bob through the Gate when another man appears, one who looks very much like Joe. He still had an attack of the shakes.

That sounds cool, like what, like if you go back or forward in time and see yourself, maybe warn yourself about — Brown: Stepping through, he finds himself back in his own room, watching himself typing his thesis. Heinlein is so impressed with himself that he takes the last 15 minute or so, in the audio version, to explain things that you probably missed I had that are resolved cleverly. Bob argues with him and decides to get off of the merry-go-round by going back through the gate to his own time.


If you are both willing to move years through time and declare yourself unsure of potential paradoxes, time traveling isn’t that big a burden. In other words, All of the events take place on time loops, but there is no change in what happens each time through the loop.

A little annoyed by Diktor’s manner, Bob argues with him, but eventually returns to the past, back in his room once again. Retrieved from ” https: It had been a feeling of sadness infinitely compounded which had flooded through him at the instant, a sense of tragedy, of grief insupportable and boostraps, of infinite weariness. So mind-boggling that it was amazing. Such “fixed events” are not the norm in most of his later works where he gets into all sorts of variations, multiple timelines, the changing of events through time travel and even the changing of events through direct author interaction with the story as in the “erasing” of Marshall Sam Beaux in “Cat”.

Heinlein’s By His Bootstraps

Perhaps the portals of time travel aren’t mechanistic as they are portrayed in the media and fiction. All in all, a great story making the best use of a common speculative fiction device that I’ve seen anywhere. My first Heinlein piece, but it interests me to read more of his work. It was something totally new to your experience.

As about the faults of the story, some of them gave me the nails-on-a-chalkboard nausea. Heinlein short story “By His Bootstraps” This is copyrighted material and may not be copied or reproduced in any form, including on other websites, without permission of the copyright holder.

This is the second short story I read from Heinlein, being the first one “All you zombies” Heinlein Used copies can be found by searching the booksellers at. If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help centerplease edit the question. The man, calling himself Diktor, treats Bob to a sumptuous breakfast served by beautiful women, one of whom Bob speaks admiringly of. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [The phone call to Bob Wilson after Genevieve fight, was it really Genevieve?

He asks Bob to return to his room through the gate, pick up some items and persuade the person he finds there to return with him and they would all enjoy a great future together.


Andy’s Anachronisms — By His Bootstraps by Robert A. Heinlein ()

After returning to the future, he adjusts the Gate to send himself back to a point ten years earlier, to give himself time to establish himself as the local chieftain. One day, upon setting the Gate to view his old room in the past, he sees three versions of himself in a familiar arrangement. I finally read this one with Alex. This week I have the great pleasure of presenting to you, rendered in brilliant stereo sound, this gem of a short story by bkotstraps grand master Robert A.

Once you stop to think about all the who’s and when’s and how’s, it may fall apart, but that’s exactly the point. May 29, Athon78 rated it it was amazing. I really like this article. Lists with This Book. He has about convinced his “earlier” self to go through the gate when the scene repeats itself heinleib the advent of the second stranger.

Aug 18, Max rated it really liked it. It had not been fear of physical menace that had shaken his reason, nor the appearance of the creature-he could recall nothing of how it looked. This sounds like a major fault but seasons Heinlein fans, if they haven’t seen it before, at least aren’t too surprised. Trivia About By His Bootstraps. Views Read Edit View history.

Episode 177 – Robert Heinlein’s “By His Bootstraps”

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Jul 01, Ernesto I. The experience is so traumatizing that he runs away screaming.