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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: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A riveting cautionary tale.”—Booklist

“An entertaining apocalyptic thriller.”—Publishers Weekly

“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
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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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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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By R. Franklin on February 11, 2014
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What a hopeful and feasible vision of the future! In a world where it seems that our problems are too great to solve, this book gives a solution blueprint that is unorthodox yet makes so much sense. The guy dreams big and how long has it been since we've dreamed big and achieved amazing feats? It felt good to feel proud again of our best minds conquering long odds and realistic setbacks to move into a future that could change everything and make so many current problems obsolete.

After reading One Second After, I expected this book to be a little dark. But I was surprised and pleased to feel hope throughout and incredible optimism at the end. It is an antidote to the foreboding atmosphere that is heavy in the world right now. I looked forward to escaping to read it each night.

If you love hard science fiction, this book has plenty of realistic building materials and implementations. The author has obviously researched the topic thoroughly and knows it extremely well. I think that even NASA could use Pillar as a technical manual for how to build a space elevator.

But Pillar is not just science and facts. It weaves technology with likable, fallible characters who exhibit great heroism in a thoroughly enjoyable tale. It shows the touching relationships between a mentor and his student and between a father and his daughter. The emotions that each character invests in his goals feels so real that I found myself rooting with them and utterly disappointed when something failed.

The author's scenes are so immersive that I felt the weightlessness of zero G flight and the nausea of first time space travel. Some scenes are extremely suspenseful and incredibly vivid.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Mina 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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11 of 13 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 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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6 of 7 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jim dolwick on March 31, 2014
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Good story line; way too much redundancy; author repeated phases thoughout the book which became pridictable and very boring. This was a book I couldn't wait to put dowm.
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3 of 3 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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7 of 9 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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