Friday, 12 May 2017
Heinlein, Blish And Anderson Acknowledge Wells
Robert Heinlein's The Door Into Summer acknowledges When The Sleeper Wakes because both address the consequences of suspended animation although the former is mainly about time travel.
Poul Anderson's There Will Be Time acknowledges without naming both Wells and The Time Machine because it is also about time travel.
Wells is foundational. Heinlein, Blish and Anderson are worthy successors. They Shall Have Stars shows scientific method at work. The Door Into Summer and There Will Be Time follow The Time Machine by elaborating paradoxes that Wells merely hinted at. But The Time Machine had laid the groundwork by describing the Time Machine, the experience of time travelling and the ultimate futures of mankind and of life on Earth.
If you have read Wells, read the others. If you have read the others, read Wells. If you have read them all, they are worth rereading.