Jumping Off The Planet
Copyright 2000 by
I first read this on the 5th February 2002.
A few decades in the future, the world hasn't changed so much: it's still
in a mess. The space elevator - the cable to geostationary orbit - although a
superb and successful technological achievement, has destabilized the
The dysfunctional Dingillian family has its share of domestic problems.
The parents divorced painfully. The three sons Douglas, Charles
'Chigger' and Robert live with their mother. Once a year their father
takes them for their annual holiday. Their mother is hysterical and
selfish, their father full of unkept promises.
Still this year the vacation promises to be big one. Maybe their father
will actually fulfil one of his promises, maybe they'll be going on the
space elevator, on the Beanstalk, up to Geostationary.
This is a great little book! A coming of age adventure written in a
style reminiscent of Heinlein and Varley. Our protagonist is the very
believable Chigger and we're right there with him as he leaves childhood
behind, watching his brother become a man.
What's it got? well, the space elevator is a magnificent centerpiece and
the tube homes are worth an honorable mention. And there's John
Loaded on the 17th February 2002.