Nov 26

I guess they've seen yesterdays cover!Click for full image

Don Comments: In the Future

  • Your basketball shoes will be shiny.
  • Your garage will have lots of random gages and tubes on its walls.
  • “Dead Gopher with Habanero” will be a popular flavor of cat food, judging by the expressions of this guy and his cat respectively.

Published 1957

Many thanks to Don!

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 3.81 out of 10)

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16 Responses to “The Door Into Summer”

  1. SI Says:

    Not bad really! Kinda cool actually!

    Is that a rocket coming out of a laptop on the bottom left?

  2. SI Says:

    I also like to think there is someone off to the side saying:


  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    There’s no denying the man on the cover seems offended by some cat-related odor…

    …but surely in the future, atomic science has eliminated such problems!

  4. Adam Roberts Says:

    Somebody’s cut the cat’s jugular! See, his lifeblood streams from him! No wonder he looks so unhappy!

    Actually, I approve.

  5. Fred Zimmerman Says:

    Also noteworthy that there’s no sign of the 12-year-old girl who is the adult protagonist’s love interest…

  6. Phil Says:

    The cat has the tail of a beaver!

    I think this may be a reverse angle on this scene:

  7. AikoAiko Says:

    Is it Heinlein or Rudyard Kipling? That’s not a cat, it’s Rikki Tikki Tavi! The touching futuristic story of a boy and his space mongoose. Not pictured is the robotic cobra with the laser beam eyes.

  8. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Oh Go no the cover is starting to crack the cracks are coming closer!!”

  9. Don Hilliard Says:

    Belatedly, I find that the artist on this one was Mel Hunter.

    @AikoAiko: That, I would read.

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “On the telly… oh no… it’s Judge Judy! Good God, no!!”

  11. Default User Says:

    Given most of Heinlein’s early works, this cover probably accurately describes the book.

  12. Annexian Says:

    In the future, it will resemble the 1950s.

    And you will be afraid of the CAT!
    And the cat will be afraid of everything!

  13. scifi-guy Says:

    This is actually one of the better 50s covers. If I remember correctly they are reacting to a nuclear strike.

  14. Ray P Says:

    Bob had developed a sudden, overwhelming fear of his forearm hairs.

  15. JuanPaul Says:

    The artist clearly knows nothing about cats. That thing would trip the guy then run to save it’s own whiskers.

  16. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @JuanPaul: Agreed. Also, IIRC, the cat is an unneutered male, which means its brain is entirely consumed by food and looking for lady cats, and the guy’s covering his nose b/c cat is pissing on everything.

    Unless it’s a mongoose. It looks like one of those medieval drawings of animals done by an artist who’d never seen the critter but only heard 4th-hand descriptions.

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