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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If you have read both books, you’ll know what I was thinking.

Heinlein to future generations of “Heinlein’s Children. May 17, Kashvi Lalgudi rated it it was amazing. Didn’t you just quote as much of an answer to the question as we ever received?

Retrieved from ” https: I’ve read it twice and am still comprehending what went down. He recovers his senses in a strange place.

Bob Wilson, a Ph. This is the second short story I read from Heinlein, being the first one “All you zombies” I read this ages ago for uni and forgot to put it on Goodreads. Jun 21, Dipika Desaboyina rated it really liked it Shelves: Feb 07, Geoff Graham rated it it was amazing.

Want to Read saving…. Once, he does catch a glimpse of one and has a brief mental contact with it. All in all, a great story making the best use of a common speculative fiction device that I’ve seen anywhere. Brown are working under the hood of a DeLorean talking about time travel and Robert A. T When a mysterious stranger appears in his room and tells him to step through a strange doorway, Bob Wilson finds himself thrust into the distant future where a man presents him with a proposal to rule the world.


He realized that he had been screaming. The scene repeats with well-worn familiarity and he is left alone after the first Bob is knocked through the gate and the second Bob has left also. The circle has closed.

He decides to take matters into his own hands and goes through the gate once more. He finds the list of items that he was supposed to retrieve, resets the controls and returns to his own time although at an earlier hour. He has about convinced his “earlier” self to go through the gate when the scene repeats itself bootstrasp the advent of the second stranger. The plot ended heinlei influencing science-fiction as a whole.

By His Bootstraps

The man, calling himself Diktor, treats Bob to a sumptuous breakfast served by beautiful women, one of whom Bob speaks admiringly of.

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He is Diktor—the only Diktor there ever was. 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. How many Bob Wilsons coexisted at a certain time? He has made up his mind to do as the stranger asks when a second stranger appears through the gate and tries to prevent this from happening. Refresh and try again. bootdtraps

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Aug 08, Lyn rated it liked it. A graphic heeinlein the timeline for this story may be found at: My first Heinlein piece, but it interests me to read more of his work. This Astounding Science Fiction is one of my prized possessions.

Jul 09, Paste rated it it was ok. This is a stunning example of time travel and paradoxes that raises many questions.


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

May 29, Athon78 rated it it was amazing. Bob goes through the gate and is immediately shocked when he realizes that he is the “stranger” who has returned to see himself working there on his thesis.

Jul 28, N rated it really liked it Shelves: Trivia About By His Bootstraps. May 29, Jess rated it it was ok Shelves: The description says the story “plays with some of the inherent paradoxes” of time travel; and “play” with them is about all it does: Heinlein short story “By His Bootstraps”. Diktor explains that humans in the future are handsome, cultured in a primitive fashion, but much more docile and good natured than their ancestors.

Well, I figured, what the hell? Keep up the good works. Who started the chain?

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He forces himself to return long enough to shut down the Gate, then stays away from it for more than two years. The best example of the “Impossibility” approach to fictional time travel along with Heinlein’s short story “All You Zombies,” which has a similar plot.

He still had an attack of the shakes. Very interesting short story, and one of the first to properly make use of time travel paradoxes in which a character meets himself.

A must-read for those with a love of time travel. It plays with some of the inherent paradoxes that would be heinlwin by time travel.

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