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A riveting cautionary tale. (Booklist on One Second After)

An entertaining apocalyptic thriller. (Publishers Weekly on One Second After)

Good storytelling consists very simply of creating characters so believable that the reader forms a deep bond. Forstchen did such a damned fine job with One Second After that shortly after the first page, I had been reeled in hook, line, and sinker. (David Hagberg, New York Times bestselling author of The Expediter on One Second After) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

WILLIAM R. FORSTCHEN is the New York Times bestselling author of One Second After, among numerous other books in diverse subjects ranging from history to science fiction. Forstchen holds a Ph.D. in history from Purdue University, with specializations in military history and the history of technology. He is currently a faculty fellow and professor of history at Montreat College, near Asheville, North Carolina.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (February 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765334380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765334381
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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WILLIAM R. FORSTCHEN has a Ph.D. from Purdue University with specializations in Military History and the History of Technology. He is a Faculty Fellow and Professor of History at Montreat College. He is the author of over forty books, including the New York Times bestselling series Gettysburg and Pearl Harbor (coauthored with Newt Gingrich), as well as the award-winning young adult novel We Look Like Men of War. He has also authored numerous short stories and articles about military history and military technology. His interests include archaeological research on sites in Mongolia, and as a pilot he owns and flies an original World War II "recon bird." Dr. Forstchen resides near Asheville, North Carolina with his teenage daughter Meghan and their small pack of golden retreivers and yellow labs.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 11, 2014
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Forstchen has produced another blockbuster! I enjoyed every chapter. The whole concept of a space elevator seemed far fetched to me until I read this novel. To think that it is actually possible with our current technology is mind boggling. Now I know how our ancestors felt when they realized that the Panama Canal, Hoover Dam, or flight to the moon were actually feasible. Science fiction is always enhanced when the reader understands that it might be science fact in their lifetime. i highly recommend this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Linda Franklin on February 19, 2014
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If you remember the pride and optimism of the space race of the 1960s, this book will bring those feelings rushing back. I was a programmer on the Apollo Programs in Huntsville, AL. It was such an exciting time to live and to work in the Space Industry. Now that the shuttle is retired, it feels like we're not even capable of the such daring accomplishments any more. This book reminds us that we are. We can get so stuck on solving social problems that we forget how much technological advancements can make social ills obsolete. I don't usually read fiction but I read Forstchen's One Second After and I stayed so involved in it for the days it took me so I could not wait to read this book. It is fabulous and I could not put it down until finished it.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Vince Duggan on March 28, 2014
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The concept of this book is good, and the science is interesting, but the storytelling is abysmal. It seems to be aimed at a target audience of around 14 yrs old. All adjectives are either superlative or terrible, there is no middle ground. Instead of getting on with the story, things seem to drag on. In hindsight, I should have just read the wikipedia articles on space elevators and skipped this book.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Emma John on February 11, 2014
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Even if sci-fi isn’t your thing, Pillar to the Sky, will draw you in and make you want more. The idea that we could create an elevator to space seems so far-fetched … of course that is what people thought when we talked about landing on the Moon and Mars too. William Forstchen has mastered the art of storytelling and I hope Hollywood is taking note because this book is definitely big screen worthy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tony Jones on March 6, 2014
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This story paints as bright a potential future, as "One Second After" painted dark..

I only hope we can pull it off!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By F. Smith on February 11, 2014
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So much of what I read about humanity's future from science authors leaves me sad and a little depressed. With Pillar to the Sky I walk away hopeful. William Forstchen has given us believable, passionate about their cause and totally believable characters. He has created a story that leaves me thinking about the possibilities long after I had finished the book.I don't want to go into any detail about the book because it's not fair to those who are interested in possibly reading it. Suffice it to say that you won't be disappointed. You'll be entertained, informed and hopeful that it may still be possible in our lifetimes to reach for the stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Stokes on March 9, 2014
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When I purchased this book I had no idea what it was about, it was just the latest book by my old friend Bill Forstchen. I took the cover off and started reading another outstanding book.
After "One Second After", which I feel is the finest book he has written to date, "Pillar to the Sky" is truly outstanding!
Several pages into the book I found the main characters to be employees of Goddard Space Flight Center, which I am a retired contractor from. This book combines all things possible from the NASA space program, the private space program, and how they can and maybe should work together. The book covers our space program history without being a history lesson. It shows us how much NASA has played a part in our everyday lives, and how much many people, I'm sure, are unaware of.
As you read this remember - all things are possible.
"Pillar to the Sky" is not just a novel but, a dream for our future, a greater future, I am somewhat sure he was thinking of his daughter as he wrote this. If you have children think of them as you also read this.
This is a book of dreams, a book for dreamers towards our future, and a better future for our children and grandchildren.
I enjoyed this book as I have all of his books, I believe you will too but, don't take my word for it, read it yourself and see.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrrey Werbalowsky on April 25, 2014
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The best part of the book was its interesting premise and technological exposition on the design and construction of an equatorial space "pillar" linked to a platform in geosynchronous orbit. The unfortunate balance of the novel's elements-characters, plotting and pacing are all sadly unsatisfying. The characters are either black or white, insightful heroes or anti-progress villains, with no leavening of nuance. The plot is slow, uncompelling, repetitive (numerous travel to space scenes which are interesting the first time but not the third and fourth) and bogged down with fulsome emotionalism-I can't remember more crying, goodbye scenes and I love yous in any novel let alone a techno-thriller. The book starts promisingly but then bogs down in a glacial progression of incremental progress and set backs in building the Pillar. I really enjoyed his prior book One Second After, but this was a substantial let down.
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