Building Up

A Science Fiction Novel by James E. D. Cline

Background: This novel has the widest range of technologies involved in one story that I have written, and was written as participation in the 2006 Nanowrimo activity, actually the 5th in the saga sequence although not written until later. It sort of follows the earlier storyline and provided me rough beginning and ending points during the intense month of creative writing that produced it. Maybe it was the one most fun to write, so far. In the general theme I had developed in the writing of "The Ark of 1984's Future," it is the adventures of a couple who are engaged in making advanced space transportation and utilization technology happen, while enduring the tyrannical  manipulations of their super powerful employers who had their characteristics created by magnifying some qualities I had observed in the effects of corporate upper management oftentimes  during my real employment in electronics development, at many places.

This novel brings forth the creation of many of my creative technology concepts: the space elevator as based on a tether material tensile strength enabling a constant cross-section; the wheel-like 1,000-person space station robotically launched and re-assembled in LEO; and the KESTS (Kinetic Energy Supported Transportation Structure) between the ground and GEO, which is my favorite concept.

This story is an adventure by Improy and Catalie involving early efforts at building space transportation structures and a wet-launched space station of the classical wheel design. Introducing the concept of the "education-workstation" console uniting instant education knowledge with manufacturing workstations; also describes possible initial construction methods of both the Space Escalator tether and the KESTS Space Escalator Carousel systems. It also describes a "real life" scenario of the building of the wheel-like space station using the technique I described in the first technical paper which I had formally published as a peer-reviewed paper, "Wet-Launch of Prefab Habitat Modules," in 1995.

(The story proceeds below; and the linked table of contents is on the right side of this page, click on a chapter to go directly to it.)

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Nanowrimo winner again in 2006

Jim Cline achieved the 50,000-word goal for the second year in a row, with the creative wiriting of - "Building Up" in the 30 days of November 2006