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A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah! by Harry Harrison
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Oct 17, 11

bookshelves: north-america, england
Read from October 11 to 17, 2011

I liked the story (3), and loved the imagery(4.5). The story captured my imagination with its exploration of alternate history and sneak peaks at the future directions science and engineering might take to tackle such a project.

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The concept is so tempting, people haven't been able to leave it alone!


As seen above from a photo of the May–June 2008 installation by artist Paul St George who exhibited outdoor interactive video installations linking London and New York City as a fanciful telectroscope.According to the Telectroscope's back story, it used a transatlantic tunnel started by the artist's fictional great-grandfather, Alexander Stanhope St. George!

Or better yet, how about an interactive tour of such a Transatlantic Tunnel on Discovery Channel's Extreme Engineering programe?

Ernst Frankel and Frank Davidson discussed the science behind constructing a Submerged Oceanic tunnel and supersonic train
in a piece in Popular Science, 2004 complete with a fascinating photo gallery.

Their concept drawings have nothing of Harry Harrison's proto-steam-punk aesthetic about them, but if you yearn for such a thing you can step back a little closer in time with 1935 film based on the same concept as imagined by Jules Verne's son, Michel in a short story titled: Un Express de l'avenir aka An Express Of The Future published in The Strand in 1895.
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Reading Progress

10/11/2011
20.0% "electric reins! a clairvoyant, politics, tea, whisky, and a grand flying ship!"
10/15/2011
75.0% "the plethora of different vehicles employed on air, water, an land are terrific to behold!"
10/16/2011
75.0% "heading off to read this right now, been looking forward to it all day!"

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