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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When the NPR commission of x came along bpotstraps years later, it gave me a chance to take Bootstraps out of mothballs. 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 best.

Goodreads botstraps you keep track of books you want to read. Dec 25, Susan rated it liked it Shelves: Bob Wilson, a Ph.

Bob Wilson locks himself in his room to finish boogstraps graduate thesis on a mathematical aspect of metaphysicsusing the concept of time travel as a case in point.

Sep 15, Nooilforpacifists rated it it was amazing Shelves: It was something totally new to your experience. The creators apparently decided they wanted a self-contained drama explicated by the character s himself. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

Beyond that, the gis seems to glorify the totalitarian position Bob breeds for himself by the end, which is utterly gross.

By His Bootstraps (Literature) – TV Tropes

If not, who is the other person on other side, who called Bob Wilson for the 4th time of the day? He experiences more shock when he realizes that this stranger is another copy of himself.

When he regains consciousness, a middle-aged man heunlein Diktor greets him, leads him to a room, treats his wounds and gives him a drink that puts him to sleep. Hs man, calling himself Diktor, treats Bob to a sumptuous breakfast served by beautiful women, one of whom Bob speaks admiringly of. It explores the paradox of finding yourself in another time — uh, ah, or something like that, forget it, hand me that wrench, Marty. Oct 06, Juan rated it really liked it. This story along with “All You Zombies” and “The Door Into Summer” are examples of what are called “deterministic” or “unchangeable timeline” stories.


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It was moving toward the Gate. I must admit I was a little confused at first and could not decide whether I liked it or not, but after a while I got into the flow of the story and then it started to captivate me.

By His Bootstraps

One day when he is examining the gate, he sets it to appear in his old room in his old time. I went through because I came back from going through to persuade myself to go through. Jun 14, Y rated it liked it Shelves: Keep up the good works. By His Bootstraps is atypical for a Heinlein story, particularly in terms of having a weak and undesirable main character.

The experience is so traumatizing that he runs away screaming. Return to Book Page.

Concepts of Free will, Retro causality, futuristic utopian visions and many more. Bob argues with him and decides to get off of the merry-go-round by going back through the gate to his own time. During the ensuing fight, Bob gets punched, sending him through the Gate. In the far future, a very advanced alien race comes to Earth, rules for thousands of years and then for unknown reasons disappears leaving behind an artifact which provides a means to travel in time.

As about the faults of the story, some of them gave me the nails-on-a-chalkboard nausea. You just get an interesting setting. Just as he is about to shove Bob through the Gate, another version of himself shows up.

He experiments with the Time Gate, hoping to see its makers. The audio production develops the story along its own lines, and is self-consistent with its own aims and the themes and essential plot in the minutest detail. Quotes from By His Bootstraps. Shortly, his earliest self comes through. If you are both willing to move years through time and declare yourself unsure of potential paradoxes, time traveling isn’t gis big a hiss.


He collects the items on Diktor’s list, which seem to be things a 20th-century man could find useful in making himself king in the future, intentionally writing a bad check for the purchases.

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

He had been flicked with emotions many times too strong for his spiritual fiber and which he was no more fitted to experience than an oyster is to play a violin. Feb 07, Geoff Graham rated it it was heinein. There are bits that are unnecessary, there are bits that are poorly written, there are bits that are just A little annoyed by Diktor’s manner, Bob argues with him, but eventually returns to the past, back in his room once again.

Diktor immediately gives that woman to Bob as a slave. I finally read this one with Alex. Want to Read saving…. Refresh and try again. I plan on re-reading this again soon, as it is not too long, but I really like the idea, and to have put it together into me, shows some intellectual initiative. What you do or don’t do as you repeat groundhog’s day, to use an analogy, can make for both interest and frustration to the time traveler.

By His Bootstraps by Robert A.

The fight happens as before, and Bob goes through the Gate. Without much memory of what happened before, he reenacts the scene, this time from the other point of view, and calling himself “Joe” ueinlein as not to confuse his earlier self. This time he resets the controls to 10 years in the past and returns there. He sets himself up as chief, taking precautions against the arrival of Diktor. Fueled by little more than coffee, cigarettes, and gin, he’s completely oblivious to the man who has appeared in his locked dorm room.