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Pillar to the Sky
by William R. Forstchen


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From William Forstchen, the "New York Times "bestselling author of "One Second After," comes "Pillar to the Sky, " a towering epic to rank with Douglas Preston's "Blasphemy "and Michael Crichton's "Prey..."
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""Pandemic drought, skyrocketing oil prices, dwindling energy supplies and wars of water scarcity threaten the planet.  Read more...


 
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Overview

From William Forstchen, the "New York Times "bestselling author of "One Second After," comes "Pillar to the Sky, " a towering epic to rank with Douglas Preston's "Blasphemy "and Michael Crichton's "Prey..."
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""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 brilliant, renegade scientist is pilloried by the scientific community for his belief in a space elevator: a pillar to the sky, which he believes will make space flight fast, simple and affordable.

Eva Morgan a brilliant and beautiful scientist of Ukranian descent, she has had a lifelong obsession to build a pillar to the sky, a vertiginous tower which would mine the power of the sun and supply humanity with cheap, limitless energy forever.

Erich Rothenberg the ancient but revered rocket-scientist who labored with von Braun to create the first rockets and continued on to build those of today. A legend, he has mentored Gary and Eva for two decades, nurturing and encouraging their transcendent vision.

Franklin Smith the eccentric Silicon Valley billionaire who will champion their cause, wage war with Congress and government bureaucracy and most important, finance their herculean undertaking.

The Goddard Space Flight Center the novel's pre-eminent hero, it's enormous army of scientists, engineers and astronauts will design, machine, and build the space elevator. They will fight endless battles and overcome countless obstacles every step of the way.

This journey to the stars will not be easy a tumultuous struggle filled with violence and heroism, love and death, spellbinding beauty and heartbreaking betrayal. The stakes could not be higher. Humanity's salvation will hang in the balance."

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780765334381
  • ISBN-10: 0765334380
  • Publisher: Tor Books
  • Publish Date: February 2014
  • Page Count: 396
  • Dimensions: 1.25 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.28 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-11-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

NASA-inspired Works of Fiction, a partnership between NASA and Tor/Forge, is aimed at raising awareness of science, technology, engineering, and math, and attracting students to those fields. Unfortunately, this first installment is earnest, simplistic, and dull. In the near future, with the fate of Earth and its dwindling resources an increasing concern, some visionaries plan to create a space elevator that would make travel beyond Earth cheap and efficient. The concept is developed by scientist spouses Gary Morgan and Evgeniya Petrenko Morgan, and after a skeptical Congress denies them funding, multibillionaire Franklin Smith promises to front and raise the immense sums needed to get the project going. The plot follows a fairly predictable arc with few surprises. The writing is often clunky (“He could sense that Dr. Rothenberg was showing some interest with this brief breaking down into an emotional response”), and readers will struggle to believe in either the flawlessly angelic characters or their fantastical plan. (Feb.)

 
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