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Fresh from reading Old Man's War (which fulfilled all its promise), I picked up my first conscious Heinlein. By which I mean that it's the first book by him that I've read since realising his importance in the field of SF. This one was also courtesy of Jonathan.

While The Door into Summer is obviously dated in its references to 2000 AD as the future, I began to understand why Heinlein is admired. The story is about Dan Davis (an engineer!) and his cat, Pete, (what is it with SF writers and cats?) being swindled out of his business by his greedy partner and greedier fiancée. It holds lessons not only for the lawyers among us, who would lecture you gravely on the importance of control and preferred voting shares, but on human nature, social hacking (ref: Kevin Mitnick), and the time travel paradox.

It is a thoroughly entertaining story. Definitely a keeper.

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