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As a long time sci-fi/fantasy aficianada, this concept of 'living in the clouds'
is a recurring theme....Buck Rogers and his 'cloud people' come to mind....

The logistics of building a 5.5+ mile high building does not seem possible--where
would you find a crane tall enough to lift up the materials (steel beams are
pretty hefty)?  Even if cost were not a factor (hence, "fantasy"), helicoptering
up the girders, etc., is not possible--we don't have hover craft capable of flight
at that altitude.  Just a thought....

audra ranous

Rbengrguy(--nospam--at)aol.com wrote:

> Attention fellow Structural Engineers.
>
> This message is just in from the WORLD's Tallest Building website manager.
>
> Maybe you have some thoughts on trying to build a 30,000 foot skyscraper!!
>
> Bob  Johnson
> SEAOI
> NCSEA
>
> =====================================================
>
> Subj:    Re: Question for creative writing project
> Date:   99-05-09 22:07:31 EDT
> From:   jeff(--nospam--at)worldstallest.com (Jeffrey K. Herzer)
> To:     ablyweiss(--nospam--at)tginc.com (Adam Blyweiss)
>
> Hello, Adam...
>
> Sorry for the delay in responding.  I'm just returning from a week in Arizona
> and
> I'm hoping the euphoria from my cranial enema will hold at least until
> Tuesday.
>
> So you know, my background is broadcast journalism, not architecture or
> engineering.  I'm also a great Science Fiction aficionado...one who still
> can't
> figure out why the &$)@!!! "Fantasy" is snuggled in there right next to
> Asimov and
> Heinlein.
>
> Very briefly, the things that come to mind when you mention a building of 30k
> feet:
>
> - The upper floors would obviously have to be pressurized like an airplane,
> and
> rapid decompression would certainly be a hazard.  What kind of window glass
> could
> handle the stress up there?
>
> - It would take one heckuva long time for an elevator to reach that height,
> and some
> kind of magnetic levitation system might be the preferred elevator system.
>
> - Otis Elevator has come up with the idea of a cable-less elevator called
> "Odyssey",
> where elevator cars would travel horizontally as well as vertically.  It
> would be
> possible to climb into a "transitor" car at the airport and ride it straight
> to your
> apartment.
>
> - Have you seen the Japanese "X-seed" concept design?  The 4000 meter (13,000
> foot)
> building looks like a miniature Mount Fuji.  See the bottom of the 94th floor
> page,
> section M-Z for a thumbnail and link.  It makes you wonder if they'd somehow
> have to
> scrape snow and ice off the sucker, or somehow heat the facade so frozen
> precipitation wouldn't stick.  As a former resident of "Tornado Alley", I'd
> sure
> hate to be sitting on an upper floor during a whopper thunderstorm or F5
> tornado.
>
> I don't guess I'm being particularly imaginative.  Being a great fan of Isaac
> Asimov's "Foundation" books, I fear anything I'd have to say about
> sociopolitical or
> other issues would be influenced by "Psychohistory" and Asimov's descriptions
> of
> life on Trantor...or perhaps Robert Silverberg's "The World Inside"
> http://www.cs.brandeis.edu/~daniilf/silverberg/world.html
> http://www.english.uiuc.edu/vaughn/english120/silverberg.htm.
>
> If you'd like, I'll put your letter and e-mail address on the 44th floor page
> next
> time I update the website.
>
> I started writing a Science-Fiction short story about 15 years ago having to
> do with
> television news, my former occupation.  Somehow, I never really liked the
> story.
> Like my days as a Music major, I loved Jazz to death and could feel it in my
> bones,
> but I could never play it very well.
>
> Good luck on the project...
>
> - Jeff Herzer
>
> --
>
> - World's Tallest Media, Inc. - http://www.worldstallest.com/media.html
> - The World's Tallest Buildings Page - http://www.worldstallest.com
>
> Adam Blyweiss wrote:
>
> > This may sound like a strange request, but I hope you can humor me for a
> moment.
> >
> > I'm starting an extensive science-fiction/dramatic writing project. I'm
> > looking for any and all input on architectural, environmental,
> > sociopolitical and other issues that might be related to building,
> > working in, and living in a 30,000-foot-tall skyscraper. (I think that's
> > about 5.6 miles up.) I've got some early ideas to work with, but I'd
> > like some advice from professionals since buildings and environmental design
> > aren't my areas of expertise.
> >
> > Direction from anyone in your leadership and/or readership would be
> > greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your help.
> >
> >
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