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Thursday, September 18, 2003

SPACE ELEVATOR
ahead of it's time
How's that old song go--"We'll take a stairway to the stars..."? Better make that an elevator, as in a space elevator that's actually got some serious theoretical history and brainpower behind it.

It definitely sounds like a kooky idea at first blush. Reminds me a bit of the old Umbilicus from "Mystery Science Theater 3000"--obviously (see photo above).

Arthur C. Clarke's involvement in this is a nice touch. He was probably the first science fiction author I avidly read (although I haven't read any of his stuff in years now). I do vaguely recall him writing about this concept, many moons ago.