A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library
Daniel Boone Davis is an inventor and entrepreneur, the genius behind the world’s first robotic vacuum. Just when Dan begins to solidify his next big idea—Flexible Frank, an all-purpose android butler—his business partner pushes him to sell the company. Dan’s a little suspicious of the move, but not nearly enough so. Before he knows it, he finds himself the victim of some seriously vicious corporate espionage. Even worse, his persecutors are his best friend and his fiancé.
What follows is one of the most compelling and charming Science Fiction revenge stories you’ll ever read. Dan’s return to form involves cryogenics and time travel, features one of the great feline sidekicks in fiction (Dan’s pet, Petronius), and offers up a unique love story that spans a generation.
Don’t expect Heinlein to take this 1956 time travel tale into the heady, paradoxical, slipstream realm. Sure, it’s got some serious themes and a few big ideas, but at heart it’s really just a page-turning sci-fi adventure yarn—one of the very best, in fact.
Review by Matthew