Slingshot: Building the largest machine in human history (Starchild Series) (Volume 1)
Slingshot is a love story – about a man, a woman, another man, another woman, some gender bending…and a machine, the largest ever built. Slingshot is a mystery – about a missing aviatrix, a conspiracy, a true-believer. Slingshotis an adventure – about following a dream, the ocean-deep, outer space.
Slingshot is about constructing the first space launch-loop stretching 2,000 km between Baker and Jarvis Islands in the Equatorial Pacific. It’s about high finance, intrigue, unlimited ambition, heroism, fanaticism, betrayal…and about opening space to the common person. With a cast of 69, Slingshottakes you from Seattle’s world financial district, to the ocean bottom at 5,000 feet off Baker Island, to the edge of space 80 km above. You play with dolphins and battle sharks. You fly and sail and dive, you work and play and love across the vast panorama of an Equatorial Pacific being put to leash to serve humanity’s surge into outer space.
While its accurate science and precise engineering will appeal to hard science fiction buffs, Slingshot’s major focus is the grand journey, the opening of outer space to the common person by men and women who loom larger than life as they work, play, and love.
The detailed engineering of a type of space elevator and its construction method is clearly presented by the author as the Slingshot construction team fights off attempts to ruin the project. From the deepest seabed to the edge of outer space, this science fiction novel's action grips the reader in its magnetic iron grip. (You'll get the pun when you read it).
Politics, international intrigue and world wide eco-terrorism abound as this huge machine is raised up above the ocean. Altogether a good read, I give this story a solid 4 stars.