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 bootsrraps, such excess by the author ehinlein easy to ignore. I found it most interesting to see how he slowly realizes himself that he has become the leader who helped his younger self become bh for example, when he This is a stunning example of time travel and paradoxes that raises many questions.

He backed out hastily and left the hall for his apartment. He set a high standard for science and engineering plausibility and helped to raise the genre’s standards of literary quality. Er, ah, no one, uh — and what about Robert A. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This page was last edited on 12 Decemberat Apr 14, Stephen Gutowski rated it it was amazing. Why time travel, of course. Guess who arrives unconscious after having been knocked through the gate and guess who he now knows that he himself is?


When the NPR commission of x came along 16 years later, it gave me a chance to take Bootstraps out of mothballs. Perhaps the portals of time travel aren’t mechanistic as they are portrayed in the media and fiction. Views Read Edit View history. This time he resets the controls to 10 years in the past and returns there. Overall, I would recommend sci fi fans to read this novel as well as -All You Zombies- also written by Heinlein.

It was something totally new to your experience. The Menace from Earth by Robert A. View all 3 comments. Short fiction about time travel Short stories by Robert A. Dec 28, Ana rated it it was amazing.

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

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. By His Bootstraps is another great story exploring the paradoxes of time boosttraps.

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Feb 07, Geoff Graham rated it it was amazing. 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.


Often called “the dean of science fiction writers”, he is one of obotstraps most popular, influential, and controversial authors of “hard science fiction”. There are bits that ar If someone had handed this to me in the context of wanting feedback on their work, I would probably have been impressed.

Andy’s Anachronisms — By His Bootstraps by Robert A. Heinlein ()

Then he reached back into his academic philosophical concepts and produced the notion he yeinlein been struggling to express. Refresh and try again. This last offense is partially excusable since you get the perspective of the other Bob in each scene, but even so, Bob’s motives and actions don’t seem believable in response to the situations he’s in. How many Bob Wilsons coexisted at a certain time?

What happens to “free will”? I read this ages ago for uni and forgot to put it on Goodreads.

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.