Pillar to the Sky
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 bri ...more
I really did not buy into this story. I don't like some of the author's assumption ...more
The major premise of the book i ...more
Strategically the connections between the setting, plot, and character arcs are strained. The character arcs follow the relationship between two main characters with a mentor figure supervising their work. A lot of the action happens as reflections or indirectly. For example, there is a build up of the relationship between the two main characters until page 94. They kiss for the first time on page 95, live together, get married and have a child by the end of ...more
The story: Two interns are working on a project together and they fall in love. The project is a space elevator and their dream captures the imagination of their professor and a financier. This thing gets built.
Any problems with this story? Well... it is straight forward. You know where this book is headed more or less and I thought tha ...more
This formula written thriller has all the required parts: incredibly wealthy man, brilliant and courageous women, one brilliant man, villains posing threats, and stream of situations threatening imminent disa ...more
I loved the idea of a tower to space. I personally enjoy space travel and topics related to it, so this book was one I thought I would enjoy. However, many scenes, especially the speeches and arguments were drawn out too long. The content too was also repeated several times over in these scenes, making reading tedious and boring.
Besides that, I think this book deserves 3/5 stars because it's closer to being really good than really bad. Most of the content in the book ...more
Really enjoyed this novel about the building of a space elevator to Earth orbit. I hard about this idea when I read the Red Mars-Blue Mars-Green Mars books back in the '90's. Incidentally I did NOT read Green Mars. I didn't like the first two books all that much. Anyway, the story and characters are great and Forstchen does his usually spectacular job of mixing in history with his story.
This is a novel for dreamers that harkens back to a day of national pride in the exploration of the world beyond our world. It strikes at a nerve for those who believe our belief in the spirit of humankind has been displaced of late, especially with regard toward the unknown universe. It made me jealous of those alive in the 1960's to see the birth of the space program, and to see humanity li ...more
I was drawn by some earlier review that recounted events that made America great: the Grand Coulee Dam, the Eisenhower Interstate highway system, putting humans on the Moon, etc. The premise and resolve of America [and the world] needing another great event is found within these pages. Our survival depends upon a "space elevator".
While reading William R. Forstchen’s Pillar to the Sky, I kept thinking this is what would have happened if, back in the 1960’s, NASA had commissioned Arthur C. Clarke and Robert A. Heinlein to co-write a story that would get Americans excited about space exploration… and then forgot to send it to an editor. Pillar to the Sky has an exciting premise and an appealing nostalgic feel, but it’s marred by some annoying ed ...more
As graduate students, Gary and Eva conceive a plan to get humans back into space. They’ve thought of space elevator and have an ideas on how to get it implemented. With the help of their mentor Erich Rosenberg and billionaire Franklin Smith the couple will do all the r ...more
A science fiction novel that revolves around a seemingly fantastic concept – a space elevator that reaches from the equator to geosynchronous orbit and will help to solve many of the world’s problems. The technology is based on reasonable extrapolations of today’s science.
Description: The earth is beset by a range of seemingly unsolvable issues that spell future disaster – environmental crises abound, oil supplies are dwindling causing oil prices ...more
Is that a bad thing? Not really. Was this a good book? Well, I was entertained, but I didn't fly through it and it definitely wasn't a page-turner.
Lots of interesting science, which I love. I didn't understand it all but that was OK. The promise of the end-goal was enough to keep my reading but there were very few pages that left me wanting more or compelling me to get one more page in before I turned in for the day. The characters were well written but not 100% gro ...more
Conservative novelist Forstchen, who loves classical composer Constance Demby enough to mention her and her various albums 4 times during this sci-fi Icelandic saga-length tale, brings us a idyllic daydream about the human species getting its collective act together and aspiring to something besides being a "celewebrity " or having it...more
Forstchen is the author of more than forty boo ...more