The Web Between the Worlds
"WHAT SF SHOULD BE ALL ABOUT." -- Kliatt
Rob Merlin was the best engineer who had ever lived. That was why "The King of Space" had to have him for the most spectacular construction project ever -- even though Rob was a potentially fatal threat to his power...
Thus begins a breakthrough novel by the former President of the American Astronautical Society, about an idea whose...more
There are lots of technical details related to the construction of the "Beanstalk", which on occasion, kinda bore the reader. But the presence of some other unique characters saves the general impression, albeit they could have been developed more.
All in all, an interesting reading.
The technology is fascinating and explained well enough to almost be comprehensible to a non-scientist, but Sheffield falls down (you should excuse the pun) on the fictional side of the equation. He pads the tech effort with a mystery subplot and a sort-of-but-not-qui ...more
His novel The Web Between the Worlds, featuring the construction of a space elevator, was published almost simultaneously with Arthur C. Clarke's novel ...more