When Dan Davis is crossed in love and stabbed in the back by his business associates, the immediate future doesn't look too bright for him and Pete, his independent-minded tom cat. Suddenly, the lure of suspended animation, the Long Sleep, becomes irresistible and Dan wakes up thirty years... read more
Dan Davis is a successful inventor, fiercely independent. His main invention is an automated "cleaning lady" called Hired Girl. His company is run by his friend Miles Gentry and his secretary the beautiful Belle Darkin, who is also his fiancé. Dan's only friend in the world is his cat,... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Dan Davis is a successful inventor, fiercely independent. His main invention is an automated "cleaning lady" called Hired Girl. His company is run by his friend Miles Gentry and his secretary the beautiful Belle Darkin, who is also his fiancé. Dan's only friend in the world is his cat, "Petronius the Arbiter", or "Pete", whom he carries around in a bag, allowing him out from time to time for a sip of beer. He has just finished designing his new machine called Flexible Frank, when he was betrayed by Miles and Belle. His designs and patents are stolen, Miles and Michelle marry, he is drugged and put into deep sleep.
He wakes up in the year 2000, the book was written in the 50's, and finds that his old company has collapsed. He's broke and finds that Miles and Belle ended badly.He relearns engineering and meets somebody with a working time machine. Dan travels back to the 70's (the original time setting of the story) and resets his future.
“Engineering is the art of the practical and depends more on the total state of the art than it does on the individual engineer.”D. B. Davis
“There is only one real world, with one past and one future. Just one... but big enough and complicated enough to include free will and time travel and everything else in its linkages and and feedbacks and guard circuits. You're allowed to do anythinginside the rules ... but you come back to your own door”D. B. Davis
“"Back" is for emergencies; the future is better than the past. Despite the crepehangers, romanticists, and anti-intellectuals, the world steadily grows better becaouse the human mind, applying itself to the environment, makes it better.”D. B. Davis
no matter how many times you get your fingers burned, you have to trust people. Otherwise you are a hermit in a cave, sleeping with one eye open. There wasn’t any way to be safe; just being alive was deadly dangerous...fatal, in the end.Highlighted by 8 Kindle customers
I have spent too much of my life opening doors for cats—I once calculated that, since the dawn of civilization, nine hundred and seventy-eight man-centuries have been used up that way.Highlighted by 7 Kindle customers
Despite the crepehangers, romanticists, and anti-intellectuals, the world steadily grows better because the human mind, applying itself to environment, makes it better. With hands...with tools...with horse sense and science and engineering.Highlighted by 5 Kindle customers
an invention is something that was “impossible” up to then—that’s why governments grant patents.Highlighted by 5 Kindle customers
Cats have no sense of humor, they have terribly inflated egos, and they are very touchy.Highlighted by 5 Kindle customers
if you just try all the doors one of them is bound to be the Door into Summer.Highlighted by 4 Kindle customers
the Builder designed the universe that way. He gave us eyes, two hands, a brain; anything we do with them can’t be a paradox. He doesn’t need busybodies to “enforce” His laws; they enforce themselves. There are no miracles and the word “anachronism” is a semantic blank.Highlighted by 4 Kindle customers
Engineering is not science, it is an art, and there is always a wide range of choices in how to solve engineering problems. An engineering designer “signs” his work by those choices just as surely as a painter does.Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
I’ll say this for military research: If money and men can do it, it gets results. Print another billion, hire another thousand scientists and engineers, then in some incredible, left-handed, inefficient fashion the answers come up.Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
I had rarely met a housewife who did not have a touch of slaveholder in her; they seemed to think there really ought to be strapping peasant girls grateful for a chance to scrub floors fourteen hours a day and eat table scraps at wages a plumber’s helper would scorn.Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
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