Monday, January 28, 2013

"Space Elevator" Anthology

Space Elevator Short Stories 
(2K-3K Anthology) 

Setting Backstory:  Your character is about to take a thrilling ride into outer space in a “space elevator”. You decide how your character receives the round trip ticket: they win it, pay for it, or steal it, etc. To protect against space radiation, all passengers (you decide how many are traveling together) must take precaution (you decide how to do this). You decide if your character will go through with the round trip ride into outer space. While out in space, one passenger starts to have a problem or finds a problem. 

(You decide the problem, you decide which passenger has a problem, you decide what happens, and you decide if your character goes in the space elevator at all.)

3 Highlights:  a round trip ticket to space, a space elevator, and tumbleweed

February 2K:  Space Elevator

Word Count: for each short story - between 2,000 words and 3,000 words

Genres:  Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Crime/Mystery, and Thriller

Setting: you choose

Theme:   Reaching New Heights

A space elevator is essentially a long cable extending from our planet's surface into space with its center of mass at geostationary Earth orbit (GEO), 35,786 km in altitude. Electromagnetic vehicles traveling along the cable could serve as a mass transportation system for moving people, payloads, and power between Earth and space.

Current plans call for a base tower approximately 50 km tall -- the cable would be tethered to the top. To keep the cable structure from tumbling to Earth, it would be attached to a large counterbalance mass beyond geostationary orbit, perhaps an asteroid moved into place for that purpose.