This article will be permanently flagged as inappropriate and made unaccessible to everyone. Are you certain this article is inappropriate? Email Address:. Heinlein that plays with some of the inherent paradoxes that would be caused by time travel. It was reprinted in Heinlein's collection, The Menace From Earth and in several subsequent anthologies,  and is now available in at least two audio editions. Bob Wilson locks himself in his room to finish his graduate thesis on a mathematical aspect of metaphysics , using the concept of time travel as a case in point.
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The only contact that the fourth Bob Wilson makes with himself is through a telephone conversation that his younger counterpart believes is a prank call. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [The phone call to Bob Wilson after Genevieve fight, was it really Genevieve? If not, who is the other person on other side, who called Bob Wilson for the 4th time of the day?
Pete This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [I do believe, with almost total certainty that it was Genevieve that made the phone call soon after the 4th Bob visited her in her apartment. See all 3 questions about Astounding Science-Fiction, October …. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Astounding Science-Fiction, October Aug 08, Lyn rated it liked it.
Marty and Dr. Brown are working under the hood of a DeLorean talking about time travel and Robert A. Marty: So what made you first think about time travel, Doc? Brown: Science Fiction, my boy! Science Fiction, the very finest literature! Brown: What?? By who? Marty: Well, like what? Marty: Who? Brown: Er, ah, no one, uh — and what about Robert A.
Now there is a writer. Brown: Why time travel, of course. It explores the paradox of finding yourself in another time — uh, ah, or something like that, forget it, hand me that wrench, Marty. That sounds cool, like what, like if you go back or forward in time and see yourself, maybe warn yourself about — Brown: Forget it, Marty, like you said, uh, um, just silly kid stuff, time travel, blah!
Marty: But Doc! What if I see myself in another time? The space-time continuum? Brown: Ah! Give me that! Well, I figured, what the hell? View all 3 comments. Aug 27, Jeff Yoak rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-in , read-in , audio-collection , read-in , read-in , read-in , read-in , read-with-alex.
By His Bootstraps is atypical for a Heinlein story, particularly in terms of having a weak and undesirable main character. I think this was a byproduct of a very unusual plot challenge. While Heinlein used time travel in other places, it was always of a distant sort. If you are both willing to move years through time and declare yourself unsure of potential paradoxes, time traveling isn't that big a burden.
You just get an interesting setting. This was Heinlein's one use of close time travel By His Bootstraps is atypical for a Heinlein story, particularly in terms of having a weak and undesirable main character. This was Heinlein's one use of close time travel, so close that at one point three versions of a person aged within days of each other end up in a fist fight.
This imposes a much greater challenge in that Heinlein follows the character through a continuity of 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.
I think some of the characters faults and his being a little dim were probably required to make it work. It does work on many, many levels. 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. This sounds like a major fault but seasons Heinlein fans, if they haven't seen it before, at least aren't too surprised. Like always, such excess by the author is easy to ignore.
All in all, a great story making the best use of a common speculative fiction device that I've seen anywhere. It feels very unlike a Heinlein story and at the same time I have a hard time imagining anyone else writing it. He loves time travel stories, he says. 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. View all 5 comments. Jun 21, Dipika Desaboyina rated it really liked it Shelves: science-fiction.
In hindsight I must speculate if it was truly random after all. The thoughts of my future self could have devised a 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.
Perhaps the portals of time travel aren't mechanistic as they are portrayed in the media and fiction. Perhaps they exist only as folds in memory which is circ A random stumbling upon the wiki of Causal Loops led me into reading By His Bootstraps. Perhaps they exist only as folds in memory which is circular and not linear as assumed by popular belief.
However, I only come upon two marginally reasonable thoughts at the end of the hour it took me to read this book - it takes very little to make a conspiracy theorist out of an idle idiot like myself and this book is a fantastic little mind-trip. Apr 18, Dennis rated it really liked it Shelves: time-travel , short-stories. Another story that got merged into a magazine entry.
I can't quite remember if I read this somewhere online or as part of an anthology.
‘By His Bootstraps’ by Robert A. Heinlein and the Ontological Paradox in ‘Somewhere In Time’
John Campbell, the editor, immediately recognised it as one of the great technical tours de force of science fiction and readers agreed. It is a well spun and tightly intertwined tale of time travel loops and the resultant paradoxes, involving the unpleasant Bob Wilson and visits from other iterations of himself. The story begins with him writing his philosophy thesis on the impossibility of time travel, as in terms first used by Immanuel Kant, time, is only empirically real and does not exist independently among things in themselves. Bob Wilson goes through loop after time loop and experiences the same event but from multiple perspectives, but they are crucially his personal perspective alone. His final destination is a far future world reminiscent of that portrayed in The Time Machine where humanity has become similar to the Eloi not through any process of social Darwinianism as in H.
By His Bootstraps
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. Heinlein, By His Bootstraps. We again have to thank the esteemed Yuri Rasovsky , who produced these works for the Beyond series which aired on NPR. You can download many many more stories from this collection on Audible — search for x. Podcast: Play in new window Download Embed.
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It plays with some of the inherent paradoxes that would be caused by time travel. Bob Wilson locks himself in his room to finish his graduate thesis on a mathematical aspect of metaphysics , using the concept of time travel as a case in point. Bob does not care much if his thesis that time travel is impossible is valid, he just wants to get it done, so he can become an academic, since he thinks academia beats working for a living. It's a lot of utter hogwash anyhow. Joe tells Bob that great opportunities await him through the Gate and thousands of years in his future. By way of demonstration, Joe tosses Bob's hat into the Gate. It disappears.