I recall a sci-fi story, likely a short story in a compendium, set in the future where portals are used to move about as the outside is believed to be uninhabitable due to fallout from a war. The portals are referred to as Doors with the emphasis on the capital 'D'. A child finds and uses a door, i.e. a physical opening doorway that leads outside and find the outside is pleasant.

Can anyone identify the story or even better, the book?

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    Reminds me of the Farcasters from Hyperion... – Zommuter Jul 4 '16 at 14:39
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    A portal is fancy word for a fancy door, entrance, or gateway. Replacing doors with portals sounds like a movement toward imposing architecture. To what do the archictecturally imposing doors in this story which do not lead outside lead? – David42 Jul 5 '16 at 16:11
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    @DavidC "portal" has become a generic term in popular culture for sci-fi and magical surfaces that connect two nonadjacent locations directly (other sci-fi terms such as "wormhole" imply a particular mechanism, and there aren't any other generic fantasy terms, though there are often terms specific to a setting [such as Door here]), and it is pedantic and disingenuous to refuse to consider that meaning. They haven't been replaced with websites either, I assume. – Random832 Jul 5 '16 at 17:17
  • @Random832 Yes, I was being pedantic. My point was that the question is a little vague about where these portals lead. In sci-fi we have interdimensional portals, time portals, etc. I also found the description funny: Doors are replaced with portals which are called Doors. – David42 Jul 5 '16 at 17:52
  • Lookup the word "portal": a door is a kind of portal. You might want to add an adjective to point out that you're talking about a teleportation device. google.com/search?q=definition%20of%20portal – iconoclast Jul 6 '16 at 14:16

It's Such a Beautiful Day by Isaac Asimov.

A boy is forced to walk because their Door is broken, IIRC.

  • Thank you ! I read this many many moons ago and have had a nostalgic hankering to re-read it, Now I know the title I have a decent chance of finding it.. – user68405 Jul 4 '16 at 13:33
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    BTW - I don't recall any hint of a nuclear war in that story, it was simply that people (especially the kid's mother) had become accustomed to being shielded from 'bad things' outside like wind & rain, that she thought her son preferring to use the doors was nonsensical, and was worried he might be afraid to use the doors (if they fail between entry & exit point, what happens?). The outside world (gardens & such) was being beautifully tended & maintained by robots (a typical Asimov touch). – Andrew Thompson Jul 4 '16 at 14:08
  • It could well be so many stories merging in my memory ! I may have assumed the reason they used the Door wasn't just lazyness etc. – user68405 Jul 4 '16 at 14:47
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    @AndrewThompson If OP was reading a lot of Asimov at the time of reading this, it would be a very understandable error of recollection, as Asimov used that background in a lot of his works... – Jules Jul 5 '16 at 6:55
  • True, just thought I should point out the one significant difference in recollection. – Andrew Thompson Jul 5 '16 at 7:00

It's Such a Beautiful Day by Isaac Asimov

Everybody has a door in their house, and the main character's (a young boy, aged around 10-11) Door breaks. When he is forced to go outside using the little-d door, he finds he likes it.

It could have been in a bunch of different anthologies, the one I read it in and own it as is Nightfall and Other Stories.

nightfall cover


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