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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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This imposes a much greater challenge in that Heinlein follows the character through a continuity boptstraps consciousness through all frames, creates a vivid character, and has all of the behavior plausible in all frames, including the inevitable puckish desire to change what happened last time.

The best time travel paradox story I have ever read. Guess who arrives unconscious after having been knocked through the gate and guess who he now knows that he himself is? Perhaps they exist only as folds in memory which is circular and not linear as assumed by popular belief. I liked the way in which Heinlein deepens into time-travel and paradoxes.

I didn’t have the heart to tell him this is not only one of the best that I’ve seen, but that good ones are pretty darned few.

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

While setting the Gate, he finds two things beside the controls: View all 3 comments. Short fiction about time travel Short stories by Robert A. 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.

Once you stop to think about all the who’s and when’s and how’s, it may fall apart, but that’s exactly the point. Retrieved from ” https: Jun 13, Onemore Fakefbpage added it.


He still had an attack of the shakes. The audio production develops the story along its own lines, and is self-consistent with heinkein own aims and the themes and essential plot in the minutest detail. If the mechanics of time travel were all that were necessary in order to write a good short story, then By His Bootstraps would be fine. I decided to read this short story after reading Robert A. We again have to thank the ehinlein Yuri Rasovskywho produced these works for the Beyond series which aired on NPR.

Jul 09, Paste rated it it was ok.

If not, I bootsrtaps you to first read “By his bootstraps”, then “All you zombies”. He experiments with the Time Gate, hoping to see its makers. How to confuse someone with the elemental time travel story? As a short story, there was really no time to think about these mid-read; there was only time to sit back boottstraps enjoy the journey.

The man, calling himself Diktor, treats Bob to a sumptuous breakfast served by beautiful women, one of whom Bob speaks admiringly of.

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

To ask other readers questions about By His Bootstrapsplease sign up. Someone says, “Don’t bother with it. Diktor gives him a list of things to buy in his own time and bring back. See the How to Ask page for help clarifying this question.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Stepping through, he finds himself back in his own room, watching himself typing his thesis.

By His Bootstraps (Literature) – TV Tropes

The cycle of events from the later side of the gate play themselves out just as he remembered them with all of the Bobs going and coming just as before only now he is doing the part of the older man. Diktor explains that humans in the future are handsome, cultured in a primitive fashion, but much more docile and good natured than their ancestors. This allmost ruins this wonderful story with bad over acting and horrid addlibbing and changing of lines that completely mangles Heinleins wonderful story.


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 decides to take matters into his own hands and goes through the gate once more. Bob White, in Fictional Languages Ch. Who wrote the notebook?

By His Bootstraps

What is notable about Heinlein’s essay is that he touches on the aspect that makes most people shy away from this doctrine: Remember the “crank phone call”?

Open Preview See a Problem? A graphic showing the timeline for this story may be found at: Beyond that, the story seems to glorify the totalitarian position Bob breeds for himself by the end, which is utterly gross.

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.

The plot ended up influencing science-fiction as a whole. However I was actually prompted to track it down last fall when the Doctor told me to Google the Boostrap Paradox.

Well worth your time if you I confess that I found this story slightly confusing, but that is the paradox of time travel. Robert Anson Heinlein was an American novelist and science fiction writer. Sep 15, Nooilforpacifists rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is copyrighted material and may not be copied or reproduced in any form, including on other websites, without permission of the copyright holder.