Imagining the Chuck Klosterman Space Elevator

As Japan Space Elevator Associated contemplates building a space elevator, Esquire writer Chuck Klosterman sees one on the horizon in his "A Brief History of the 21st Century." Artist Bruce Irving conceptualizes the elevator to the stars above, and Klosterman gives us the details below. Klosterman writes:

As predicted by Arthur C. Clarke in 3001: The Final Odyssey, the orbiting luxury hotel is connected to Earth by a massive space elevator. Hyperstrong cables anchored to the earth near the equator (as required by physics) stretch 100,000 kilometers into the sky, rising into the hotel's lobby.


Now we just need him to design a space hotel. Would that hotel have the Hyperion adaptation On Demand? Ah, the future. We can dream. [Esquire]

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