Part of an anthology of space elevator stories limited to 4,000 words.
Irena Dem has been offered a free ticket on the first space elevator. She's not sure why; but the situation is critical and – even more curious – the World Space Agency didn't summon her to the meeting. They came to her. She's not sure about that either. But one thing Irena is very sure of: Nothing in life is free. More
A Space Elevator Science-Fiction Short Story.
Part of an anthology of space elevator stories limited to 4,000 words
Irena Dem has been offered a free ticket on the first space elevator. She's not sure why but the situation is critical and the World Space Agency didn't summon her to the meeting. They came to her. The reasons are classified. Along with Fan and Yoshi, two other colleagues of esteemed repute, she wonders what this untested journey will bring her, other than an increased fear of heights. Several groups they know of would be happy to sabotage the trip, and everyone of Earth has read of the Starleap Endeavour catastrophe years ago that left thousands dead and caused billions of dollars worth of damage.
As they approach geostationary orbit,the three are invited by one of the WSA members to a shocking discovery. A discovery made even more urgent by a complication that could potentially endanger the life on board.
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on Oct. 16, 2014 :
Not overly good or bad. Some attempt to generate a believable space elevator technology but to given the attempt to make it scientifically plausible and the big empty space where the hard scientific fiction would go, that did not work for me.
The plot has several logical issues, seems like this is supposed to be the first ride of the elevator but so much is just wrong in putting the plot together.
The concept and ideas behind the story are good, but development was poorly executed. I will give the author another try, hopefully the next work is better.
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on Oct. 9, 2014 :
Enjoyed the development of the characters with flashbacks and backgrounds. Imagery was very well done, drew similes to commonly known items which gave look, feel, and scent. Great short story. I personally liked the more rapid progression of plot. Would suggest some light edits from a professional. Thanks for your story.