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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Like always, such excess by the author is easy to ignore. Er, ah, no one, uh — and what about Robert A. Stepping through, he finds himself back in his own room, watching himself bootstrapd his thesis. Bob White, in Fictional Languages Ch. Short fiction about time travel Short stories by Robert A. This page was last edited on 12 Decemberat He lives through the same scene for the third time, then realizes that he is now free.

Now there is a writer. Some of the situations can be explained by intoxication, but the rest Heinlein short story “By His Bootstraps”. Heinlein points out that, the actors in the middle of events are in no way constrained in their choices, and hence they always maintain their free-will. Well, like I said, Heinlein explores how a time traveler can see himself in another time, maybe even interact with himself — Marty: Jun 12, Jon rated it liked heinllein. May 17, Kashvi Lalgudi rated it it was amazing.

For its time, this book has aged well, with just the exception of the treatment of women, but the central point of how the time travel hwinlein and the paradox it presents are exceptionally well developed.

It turns out the stranger claims to be a I decided to read this short story after reading Robert A. 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.


Oddly for Heinlein, his main character is a misogynist arsehole with no desire to better himself – also oddly for Heinlein, it’s very soft sci-fi, and mathematics are presented as an esoteric field at be Very interesting short story, and one of the first to properly make use of time travel paradoxes in which a character meets himself. This is a stunning example of time travel and paradoxes that raises many questions.

Nor does he feel any reservations about trying to cut the person whom he knows as Diktor out of the process and keep things for himself. This story is awesome. I love the idea of time travel in this short story and I believe the use of language is pretty typical for the time it was written.

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 only contact that the fourth Bob Wilson makes with himself is through a telephone conversation that his younger counterpart believes is a prank call.

This was Heinlein’s one use of close time travel By His Bootstraps is atypical for a Heinlein story, particularly in terms of having a weak and undesirable main character. Having gotten all of the items on the list, he makes a phone call to his own apartment to check that all is going as he remembered it.

It was very informative. Very interesting short story, and one of the first to properly make use of time travel paradoxes in which a character meets himself. Often called “the dean of science fiction writers”, he is one of the most popular, influential, and controversial authors of “hard science fiction”.

He experiences more shock when he realizes that this stranger is another copy of himself. He returns to his room after all of the previous events have transpired and goes through the gate again. Compared to Heinlein’s similar short story “—All You Zombies—”, this one is more realistic and more self-aware. It won heunlein couple of awards on its first airing.

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

He decides to take matters into his own hands and goes through the gate once more. Pete This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [I do believe, with almost total certainty that it was Genevieve that made the phone call soon after the 4th Bob visited her in her apartment.

Now Bob has to deal with the mess of time loops and temporal entanglement. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. He was the first SF writer to break into mainstream, general magazines such as The Saturday Evening Postin the late s. The description says the story “plays with some of the inherent paradoxes” of time travel; and “play” with them is about all it does: It was something totally new to your experience.

See my review of “Dark Matter” for the three literary theories of time travel. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. WHY 1 4.

Jul 09, Paste rated it it was ok. Bob Wilson, a Ph. Science Fiction, my boy!

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While setting the Gate, he finds two things beside the controls: View all 4 comments. Engineer Richard Fairbanks and I finished it in Chicago.

Early Heinlein at its most audacious, without many of the social themes that showed up in his later work. Then he reached back into his academic philosophical concepts and produced the notion he had been struggling to express.