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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Bis Read Edit View history. A somewhat older-looking, bearded man explains that he is 30, years in the future. This page was last edited on 12 Decemberat However I was actually prompted to track it down last fall when the Doctor told me to Google the Boostrap Paradox. I really like this article. May 29, Athon78 rated it it was amazing. Oct 06, Juan rated it really liked it. Unfortunately it suffers from: Having worn out the notebook through long use, he copies its text into a new, identical, one.

By His Bootstraps is atypical for a Heinlein story, particularly in terms of having a weak and undesirable main character.

To view it, click here. After the earlier Bob has been knocked through the gate, he argues with his later self and then henilein back through the gate where he confronts Diktor.

Just as he is about to shove Bob through the Gate, another version of himself shows up. He returns to his room after all of the previous events have transpired and goes through the gate again. Heinlein, By His Bootstraps. It had not been fear of physical menace that had shaken his reason, nor the appearance of the creature-he could recall nothing of how it looked. This is one of the best examples of stable time loops and predestination that I have ever read.


By His Bootstraps by Robert A. Heinlein

He tries hs do things differently than that which he remembers from his earlier experience, but is unable to say or do heinlejn different.

We again have to thank the esteemed Yuri Rasovskywho produced these works for the Beyond series which aired on NPR. The circle has closed. By His Bootstraps is another great story exploring the paradoxes of time travel. The thoughts of my future self could have devised hdinlein way to prompt me into reading this book because it is imperative for the causation of some thought process that I haven’t yet actualized. Well worth your time if you I confess that I found this story slightly confusing, but that is the paradox of time travel.

A little annoyed by Diktor’s manner, Bob argues with him, but eventually returns to the past, back in his room once again. Nor does he boosttraps any reservations about trying to cut the person whom he knows as Diktor out of the process and keep things for himself. Perhaps the portals of time travel aren’t mechanistic as they are portrayed in the media and fiction. Jun 13, Onemore Fakefbpage added it. Yeah, episode is now up.

This allmost ruins this wonderful story with bad over acting and horrid addlibbing and changing of lines that completely mangles Heinleins wonderful story. WHY 1 4. The fight happens as before, and Bob goes through the Gate. Heinlein is so impressed with himself that he takes the last 15 minute or so, in the audio version, to explain things that you probably missed I had that are resolved cleverly.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Well, like I said, Heinlein explores how a time traveler can see himself in another time, maybe even interact with himself — Marty: Heonlein experiences botstraps shock when he realizes that this stranger is another copy of himself. When he regains consciousness, a middle-aged man named Diktor greets him, leads him to a room, treats his wounds and gives him a drink that puts him to sleep.


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

But he felt sure that he was in the right period; he kept up the vigil. It turns out the stranger claims to be a time traveler and a wonderfully complex yet beautifully simple story unfolds in the only way it really can. His idea is to take over the bootstras and preempt the status of the older man before he can arrive. The New York Times. When the NPR commission of x came along 16 years later, it gave me a chance to take Bootstraps out of mothballs.

It was especially intriguing to watch how Bob Wilson adapts from a young boy and slowly becomes the powerful Diktor could be derived from the hus “dictator”. The audio production develops the story along heinlejn own lines, and is self-consistent with its own aims and the themes and essential plot in the minutest detail. Afterwards, a scuffle ensues and Bob is knocked through the gate. By way of demonstration, Joe tosses Bob’s hat into the Gate.

Perhaps they exist only as folds in memory which is circular heknlein not linear as assumed by popular belief. If not, I encourage you to first read “By his bootstraps”, then “All you zombies”.

He experiments with the Time Gate, hoping to see its makers.