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
Pillar to the Sky is the story of the dream of several engineers and a visionary financial titan to build a ladder to space, which sounds far-fetched at first but becomes theoretically possible as the author goes into great depth expounding on all of the science in the book. In a way the book reminds me of Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand, and Hank Reardon's battle with those who ...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
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
Der Ton des Romans überwiegt durch Emotionen, da ist der erneute Aufbruch der Wissenschaft und Technologie aus einer dystopischen Trübnis, besonders als Beispiel des Niedergangs der NASA und deren Aufbruch im Laufe der Handlung, ab ...more
The author unashamedly admires the robber barons of 19th and 20th century, but for me the financial visionary in this book (Franklin Smith) is very different from real-life robber barons. Although he's a very sharp dealer, and (shall we say) aggressively manages the data he provides to his investors, he trea ...more
The book points how the private sector might be able to do this, but has the incredibly annoying habit of making clear references to real 21st century businessmen and celebrit ...more
However, there were a lot of weepy speeches and long nostalgic pages which I found a bit tedious, especially in the last third of the novel. The ...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
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
The take home message concerned the idea of Disruptive Technologies and how in a Dystopian Society... all forces will converge to prevent innovation that relates to sustainable energy for the entire planet... which in turn would make fossil fuel based energy usage void. The reality is that the idea of money is strongly connected to the utilization of oil.
Where The Martian might have gotten mired in too many techy details for the non-engineer, Pillar tamps that down a bit. As a former 90s Engineering student, I can confirm that Forstchen got a lot right.
The technology idea is intriguing and reasonably backed up. The story dragged at times, though. I thought some of the characters were well developed... but, for no ultimate purpose.
I would have preferred this story to be squeezed in ...more
Forstchen is the author of more than forty boo ...more