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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Trivia About By His Bootstraps. While Heinlein used time travel in other places, it was always of a distant sort.

So mind-boggling that it was amazing.

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. His idea is to take over the place and preempt the status of ehinlein older man before he can arrive.

May 26, Andreea Heinlekn rated it it was amazing Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. If not, I encourage you to first read “By his bootstraps”, then “All you zombies”.

By His Bootstraps

I just wanted to comment and say that I really enjoyed reading your blog post here. This week I have the great pleasure of presenting to you, rendered in brilliant stereo sound, this gem of a short story by the grand master Robert A.

What if I see myself in another time? It was moving toward the Gate. Early Heinlein at its most audacious, without many of the social themes that showed up in his later work.


In this regard Mr. He sets himself up heinlen chief, taking precautions against the arrival of Diktor. Just as he is about to shove Bob through the Gate, another version of himself shows up.

By His Bootstraps by Robert A. Heinlein

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. 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. Dec 28, Ana rated it it was amazing. May 29, Athon78 rated it it was amazing.

He was also among the first authors of bestselling, novel-length science fiction in the modern, mass-market era. 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 was captivated by the dialogues of the characters, and how naturally they came together. I confess that I found this story slightly confusing, but that is the paradox of time travel. He also invokes this idea of higher dimensions, apparently based on J.

Shame Heinlein is long gone. View all 5 comments. This is the second short story I read from Heinlein, being the first one “All you zombies” He experiences more shock when he realizes that this stranger is another copy of himself. A wonderful short story for the sci-fi-minded.


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After the earlier Bob has been knocked through the gate, he argues with his later self and then goes back through the gate where he confronts Diktor. He is Diktor—the only Diktor there ever was. He tries to do things differently than that which he remembers from his earlier experience, but is unable to say or do anything different.

Oh, sweet delicious time travelly goodness. Watching Bob fumble his way through encounters with himself and stable time loops that ask “where did any of this begin?

Bob Wilson, a Ph. Which as a history geeks is right up my alley.

The New York Times. Robert Anson Heinlein was an American novelist and science fiction writer. Jun 14, Y rated it liked it Shelves: See all 3 questions about By His Bootstraps….

All in all, a great story making the best use of a common speculative fiction device that I’ve seen anywhere. I found it most interesting to see how he slowly realizes himself that he has become the heinlrin who heinlen his younger self become successful- for example, when he is the elderly Diktor and he names a girl Arma after the girl he had a crush on when he was young and he first met the Diktor- not realizing that they are technically the same person.