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The Web Between the Worlds

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WHAT SF SHOULD BE ALL ABOUT. -- KliattRob 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 time ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 21st 2002 by Baen Books (first published August 1979)
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Claudia
Sep 24, 2015 Claudia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Not quite hard SF, but close, intertwined with an investigation subplot.

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.
Bev
The Web Between the Worlds by Charles Sheffield tells the story of Rob Merlin (misspelled as Merlyn on the back of the book). Merlin is the best engineer who has ever lived. He has designed a machine, called the "Spider," that can extrude graphite cables which enable him to build incredibly long bridges of great strength. His work comes to the attention of "The King of Heaven"--a man by the name of Darius Regulo who nearly owns the space mining business. Regulo doesn't like rockets. He doesn't l ...more
LyndaIn Oregon
Dec 18, 2016 LyndaIn Oregon rated it it was ok
This hard-science fiction takes a look at a premise that's been around for decades -- the notion of a "sky hook" (here called "the beanstalk") that could lift cargo and passengers to gravity-free launch points in near-Earth orbits.

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
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Nicolas
Oct 06, 2008 Nicolas rated it really liked it
Ce roman est assez étonnant, par le thème choisi. En effet, plutôt que de partir à la conquête de l’univers, ou au contact d’une race extra-terrestre, voire même d’autres objectifs plus spécieux, La toile entre les mondes raconte une histoire simple, et très actuelle : comment le premier ascenseur spatial sera construit. A titre anecdotique, cette édition est très intéressante car on y trouve une préface d’Arthur C Clarke qui explique en long, en large et en travers que ce roman n’est pas un pla ...more
Susan
Jul 15, 2011 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a terrific story. The characters are vivid and complex, and the science (fiction) provides a perfect backdrop. The protagonist, Rob Merlin, is a engineer who's been asked to build a bridge between earth and space. Rob is also searching for information about what happened to the parents he never knew, and the two endeavors come together in a mysterious and dangerous way. In my opinion, this is the best kind of science fiction -- where the science sets the stage for an engrossing human sto ...more
Dianna
Jul 29, 2012 Dianna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this after attending a few of my kids' robotics meetings. The idea of a "space elevator" was intriguing but I couldn't wrap my brain around it. Seeing this book at a local thrift store, I couldn't pass it up. Sure, it is fantasy, but I get the idea now. Can't see that it would ever work, but I'm no space engineer. It wasn't the most exciting book I've ever read either, but the pace was upbeat and I didn't get bored. Glad I found it :)
Joe
Nov 23, 2012 Joe rated it really liked it
with Charles Sheffield, as with Robert Forward, you get amazingly intricate, well-fleshed-out scientific speculation along with completely two-dimensional, boring characters. Definitely an acquired taste, not for everyone, but if just hearing a scientist/engineer go crazy with 'what if' is your bag, it can't really be beat... might start with the heritage series rather than this though, for sheffield
Jeff
Feb 01, 2011 Jeff rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction, gem
This is one of my all time favorite books. It has everything a good science fiction book should: great characters that feel fully fleshed out, a tight and exciting plot, real science that is well explained and cleverly used, and a satisfying conclusion that isn't what you were expecting. I highly recommend this to everyone!
Ralph McEwen
Jun 29, 2010 Ralph McEwen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ralph by: All readers of science fiction.
A wonderful adventure that embraces one of my favorite science fictions, the building of a bean-stalk.
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Charles A. Sheffield (June 25, 1935 – November 2, 2002), was an English-born mathematician, physicist and science fiction author. He had been a President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and of the American Astronomical Society.

His novel The Web Between the Worlds, featuring the construction of a space elevator, was published almost simultaneously with Arthur C. Clarke's novel
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