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Title: By His Bootstraps Title Record # 46440
Author: Robert A. Heinlein
Date: 1941-10-00
Type: SHORTFICTION
Length: novella
Webpages: Wikipedia-EN
Language: English
Synopsis: Bob Wilson, while working on his thesis, is visited by "Joe" who appears in his room via a Time Gate. Joe is insistent that Bob go through the Time Gate, and when he refuses, Joe helps him through the Gate himself. When he awakens, he finds himself with Diktor, at least 20,000 years in the future.
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Current Tags: time travel (1), paradox (1), contemporary (1), time loop (1) Add Tags

Other Titles

Variant Titles Translations
Year Title
1941 By His Bootstraps [as by Anson MacDonald]
1941 The Time Gate
Year Language Title
1962Translation: Peter Naujack First published 1962 by Diogenes in the anthology Roboter, edited by Peter Naujack.
German Im Kreis
1964Translated by J. M. H. Krah
Dutch De Tijdpoort [as by Robert Heinlein]
1965Translated by Gian Luigi Gonano
Italian Un gran bel futuro
1974Translated by Warner Flamen
Dutch Aan Zijn Veters Omhoog [as by Robert Heinlein]
1978Translated by Janko Paravić
Croatian Ja, mene, meni...
1981Translated by Jean-Pierre Pugi
French Un self made man [as by Robert Heinlein]
1990Translated by Warner Flamen
Dutch Aan Zijn Veters Omhoog

Awards

Place Year and Award Category
Nominations Below Cutoff 2016 Retro Hugo Best Novella

Publications

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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog ID Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
Astounding Science-Fiction, October 1941 1941-10-00 ed. John W. Campbell, Jr. Street & Smith Publications, Inc.   $0.20 164
pulp?Magazine using the common pulp size: 6.5" by 9.5". For ISFDB purposes this may also be used as a designation for the quality of the paper. There are some untrimmed pulps that are as large as 8" by 11.75
mag Rogers Checkmark
Adventures in Time and Space 1946-00-00 ed. Raymond J. Healy, J. Francis McComas Random House   $2.95 xv+
997
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth George Salter Checkmark
Adventures in Time and Space 1946-08-26 ed. Raymond J. Healy, J. Francis McComas Random House   $2.95 xv+
997
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth George Salter Checkmark
The Giant Anthology of Science Fiction: 10 Complete Short Novels 1954-05-00 ed. Leo Margulies, Oscar J. Friend Merlin Press   $3.95 xii+
580
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
Famous Science-Fiction Stories: Adventures in Time and Space 1957-00-00 ed. J. Francis McComas, Raymond J. Healy Modern Library (Modern Library Giant #31) G31 $2.95 997
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Salter Checkmark
Famous Science-Fiction Stories: Adventures in Time and Space 1957-00-00 ed. J. Francis McComas, Raymond J. Healy Random House   C$3.45 997
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
Race to the Stars 1958-10-00 ed. Leo Margulies, Oscar J. Friend Crest Books / Fawcett Publications s245 $0.35 224
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Stanley Meltzoff Checkmark
The Menace from Earth 1959-00-00 Robert A. Heinlein Ambassador   C$3.95 255
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The Menace from Earth 1959-00-00 Robert A. Heinlein Gnome Press   $3.50 255
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Spectrum 1961-09-00 ed. Kingsley Amis, Robert Conquest Gollancz   18/- 304
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
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Spectrum 1962-00-00 ed. Kingsley Amis, Robert Conquest Harcourt, Brace & World   $4.50 304
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
Spectrum 1962-00-00 ed. Kingsley Amis, Robert Conquest Doubleday Canada   $3.75  
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
Roboter 1962-00-00 ed. Peter Naujack Diogenes   DM 20.80 383
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
The Menace from Earth 1962-04-00 Robert A. Heinlein Signet D2105 $0.50 189
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
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Spectrum 1962-12-00 ed. Kingsley Amis, Robert Conquest The Science Fiction Book Club (UK) 68 5/9  
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
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Spectrum 1963-03-00 ed. Kingsley Amis, Robert Conquest Berkley Medallion F733 $0.50 190
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Richard Powers Checkmark
Spectrum I 1964-00-00 ed. Kingsley Amis, Robert Conquest Pan Books M61 5/- 317
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Spectrum I 1964-00-00 ed. Kingsley Amis, Robert Conquest Pan Books M61 5/- 317
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Science Fiction Verhalen 2 1964-00-00 Robert Heinlein Het Spectrum (Prisma #982) 982 ƒ1.50 192
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
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The Menace from Earth 1964-10-00 Robert A. Heinlein Signet / New American Library D2105 $0.50 189
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
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The Menace from Earth 1964-10-00 Robert A. Heinlein Signet / New American Library of Canada D2105 C$0.50 189
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
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Gamma #1 1965-10-00 ed. Valentino De Carlo Edizioni Gamma (Italy) 1 500 Lit 112
digest?Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7" by 4.5", and also large digest, such as recent issues of Asimov's, which are about 8.25" by 5.125".
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The Menace from Earth 1966-00-00 Robert A. Heinlein Dennis Dobson   21/- 255
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The Menace from Earth 1968-00-00 Robert A. Heinlein Corgi 0-552-07860-3 3/6 189
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Josh Kirby Checkmark
The Menace from Earth 1970-07-00 Robert A. Heinlein Signet / New American Library of Canada T4306 C$0.75 189
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Gene Szafran Checkmark
Spectrum I 1971-00-00 ed. Kingsley Amis, Robert Conquest Pan Books 0-330-02711-5 £0.30 317
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
The Menace from Earth 1971-00-00 Robert A. Heinlein Signet / New American Library T4306 $0.75 189
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Gene Szafran Checkmark
The Astounding-Analog Reader, Volume 1 1972-00-00 ed. Harry Harrison, Brian W. Aldiss Doubleday 0-385-02334-0 $7.95 xvi+
530
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
The Menace from Earth 1973-10-00 Robert A. Heinlein Corgi Books / Transworld Publishers (Corgi SF Collector's Library) 0-552-09334-3 £ 189
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
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The Astounding-Analog Reader, Book 1 1973-10-00 ed. Brian W. Aldiss, Harry Harrison Sphere 0-7221-4362-1 £0.40 291
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Alfa Twee: Veertien SF-Verhalen 1974-00-00 ed. Warner Flamen Meulenhoff (M=SF #81) 90-290-0488-6   336
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Chris Foss Checkmark
The Menace from Earth 1975-06-00 Robert A. Heinlein Signet / New American Library Y6383 $1.25 189
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Gene Szafran  
The Menace from Earth 1975-06-00 Robert A. Heinlein Signet / New American Library Y6383 $1.25 189
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Gene Szafran Checkmark
Adventures in Time and Space 1975-08-00 ed. Raymond J. Healy, J. Francis McComas Ballantine Books 0-345-25374-4 $4.95 [xvii]+
997
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Checkmark
De Beste Science Fiction Verhalen van Meulenhoff 1978-00-00 ed. Mark Carpentier Alting Meulenhoff (M=SF #141) 90-290-0549-1   388
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Chris Foss Checkmark
Sirius, #19 1978-01-05 ed.
Borivoj Jurković?Borivoj Jurkovic
Borivoj Jurkovich
Vjesnik   10 din. 148
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
mag Jose Antonio Domingo Checkmark
Adventures in Time and Space 1978-03-00 ed. Raymond J. Healy, J. Francis McComas Del Rey / Ballantine 0-345-27747-3 $6.95 xv+
997
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Checkmark
Classic Science Fiction: The First Golden Age 1978-10-00 ed. Terry Carr Harper & Row 0-06-010634-4 $14.95 viii+
445
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Irving Freeman Checkmark
Adventures in Time and Space 1978-12-00 ed. Raymond J. Healy, J. Francis McComas Del Rey / Ballantine 0-345-28925-0 $9.95 997
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth  
Classic Science Fiction: The First Golden Age 1979-00-00 ed. Terry Carr BCA - Book Club Associates CN6459   445
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
The Menace from Earth 1979-00-00 Robert A. Heinlein Signet / New American Library 0-451-08768-2 $1.75 189
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Vincent Di Fate Checkmark
The Menace from Earth 1979-00-00 Robert A. Heinlein Signet / New American Library of Canada 0-451-08768-2 C$1.95 189
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Vincent Di Fate Checkmark
Die besten Science Fiction Geschichten 1979-00-00 ed. Peter Naujack Diogenes (Diogenes Sonderband) 3-257-00905-4   362
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Peter Neugebauer Checkmark
The Menace from Earth 1979-07-00 Robert A. Heinlein Signet 0-451-08768-2 $1.75 189
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Vincent Di Fate Checkmark
Adventures in Time and Space 1979-12-00 ed. Raymond J. Healy, J. Francis McComas Del Rey / Ballantine 0-345-27747-3 $9.95 997
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Checkmark
The Menace from Earth 1980-00-00 Robert A. Heinlein Corgi Books / Transworld Publishers 0-552-11332-8 £0.95 189
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Peter Jones Checkmark
The Arbor House Treasury of Great Science Fiction Short Novels 1980-11-00 ed. Robert Silverberg, Martin H. Greenberg Priam Books / Arbor House 0-87795-295-7 $9.95 x+
768
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth  
The Arbor House Treasury of Great Science Fiction Short Novels 1980-12-00 ed. Robert Silverberg, Martin H. Greenberg Arbor House 0-87795-295-7 $19.95 x+
768
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Antler & Baldwin, Inc. Checkmark
Le livre d'or de la science-fiction: Robert Heinlein 1981-02-02 Robert Heinlein Presses Pocket (Presses Pocket - Science Fiction #5102) 2-266-00985-0   353
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Marcel Laverdet Checkmark
The Arbor House Treasury of Great Science Fiction Short Novels 1981-05-00 ed. Robert Silverberg, Martin H. Greenberg Arbor House / SFBC 5754 $6.98 753
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Antler & Baldwin, Inc. Checkmark
Die Vierziger Jahre I 1982-10-00 ed. Hans Joachim Alpers, Werner Fuchs Hohenheim (Edition SF im Hohenheim Verlag) 3-8147-0027-9 DM 32.00 402
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Oliviero Berni Checkmark
The Menace from Earth 1983-00-00 Robert A. Heinlein Corgi 0-552-09334-3 £1.75 189
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
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The Menace from Earth 1987-05-00 Robert A. Heinlein Baen Science Fiction Books 0-671-65640-6 C$4.50 271
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll John Melo Checkmark
The Menace from Earth 1987-05-00 Robert A. Heinlein Baen 0-671-65640-6 $3.50 271
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll John Melo Checkmark
Worlds Imagined 1989-04-00 ed. Robert Silverberg, Martin H. Greenberg Avenel Books 0-517-68029-7 $8.98 x+
704
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
Longue vie 1989-06-00 Robert Heinlein Presses Pocket (Presses Pocket - Science Fiction #5102) 2-266-00985-0   354
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
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J. P. Ferté?J. P. Ferte
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Mega SF 1990-06-00 ed. Meulenhoff Redactie Meulenhoff (M=SF #285) 90-290-4468-3   224
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Peter A. Jones Checkmark
Adventures in Time and Space 1990-08-00 ed. Raymond J. Healy, J. Francis McComas Random House / SFBC 17325 $14.98 1004
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Gary D. Lang Checkmark
The Menace from Earth 1999-02-00 Robert A. Heinlein Baen 0-671-57802-2 $6.99 271
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
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Adventures in Time and Space 2001-11-00 ed. Raymond J. Healy, J. Francis McComas Science Fiction Book Club 0-7394-2214-6 / 05417 $17.99 1004
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Gary D. Lang  
Off the Main Sequence: The Other Science Fiction Stories of Robert A. Heinlein 2005-10-00 Robert A. Heinlein Science Fiction Book Club 1-58288-184-7 / 1196119 $15.99 xxiv+
738
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coll Bruce Jensen Checkmark
Creating a Genre 2010-11-00 Robert A. Heinlein The Virginia Edition (The Virginia Edition #32) 978-1-897350-38-6   v+
424
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
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The Menace from Earth date unknown Robert A. Heinlein Signet 0-451-09870-6 $2.25 189
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Vincent Di Fate  
The Menace from Earth date unknown Robert A. Heinlein Signet 0-451-12742-0 $2.50 189
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Vincent Di Fate Checkmark
The Menace from Earth date unknown Robert A. Heinlein Signet / New American Library Y6383 $1.25 189
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Gene Szafran Checkmark
The Menace from Earth date unknown Robert A. Heinlein Signet / New American Library Y6383 $1.25 189
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Gene Szafran Checkmark
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