Pillar to the Sky

Pillar to the Sky

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"A towering epic to rank with Douglas Preston's Blasphemy and Michael Crichton's Prey... Pandemic drought, skyrocketing oil prices, dwindling energy supplies and wars of water scarcity threaten the planet. Only four people can prevent global chaos. Gary Morgan--a brilliant, renegade scientist is pilloried by the scientific community for his belief in a space elevator: a pillar to the sky, which he believes will make space flight fast, simple and affordable. Eva Morgan--a brilliant and beautiful scientist of Ukrainian descent, she has had a lifelong obsession to build a pillar to the sky, a vertiginous tower which would mine the power of the sun and supply humanity with cheap, limitless energy forever. Gunther Rothenberg--the ancient but revered rocket-scientist who labored at Peenemunda with von Braun to create the first rockets and continued on to build those of today. A legend, he has mentored Gary and Natalia for two decades, nurturing and encouraging their transcendent vision. Franklin Smith--the eccentric Silicon Valley billionaire who will champion their cause, wage war with Congress and government bureaucracy and most important, finance their herculean undertaking. This journey to the stars will not be easy--a tumultuous struggle filled with violence and heroism, love and death, spellbinding beauty and heartbreaking betrayal. The stakes could not be higher. Humanity's salvation will hang in the balance"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Tor Books, c2014
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780765334381
0765334380
Branch Call Number: SF/Fantasy For
Characteristics: 396 pages ; 25 cm

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GoodFruit
Jun 28, 2016

One of my favorite authors. A real depiction about what life could look like. Highly recommend. He's just a great writer, even if you don't like the content, which I do.

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onysia
Nov 13, 2015

Excellent book, good science. Worth reading

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riscamj
Jul 05, 2014

I liked this book as I am a lover of space...it reminds me of sitting in front of the tv watching the Apollos etc from the 60's and he translates that feeling onto the page, so you feel like you are there. I also cried a few times. 5 stars from me.

walkingeagle Jun 07, 2014

This book is excellent!!! It written as if it was a personal experience. Full of emotional and intense heartfelt warmth. I actually cried 3 times while reading this. It reads as if it is a true story... Forstchen's true story. Excellent work!!! I'm buying the hardcover and adding it to my personal home library!!! I give it 5 star!!!

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