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....
> 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
> 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
> I'm hoping the euphoria from my cranial enema will hold at least until
> So you know, my background is broadcast journalism, not architecture or
> engineering. I'm also a great Science Fiction aficionado...one who still
> figure out why the &$)@!!! "Fantasy" is snuggled in there right next to
> Asimov and
> Very briefly, the things that come to mind when you mention a building of 30k
> - The upper floors would obviously have to be pressurized like an airplane,
> rapid decompression would certainly be a hazard. What kind of window glass
> 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
> 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
> - Have you seen the Japanese "X-seed" concept design? The 4000 meter (13,000
> building looks like a miniature Mount Fuji. See the bottom of the 94th floor
> 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
> hate to be sitting on an upper floor during a whopper thunderstorm or F5
> 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
> life on Trantor...or perhaps Robert Silverberg's "The World Inside"
> If you'd like, I'll put your letter and e-mail address on the 44th floor page
> 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
> Like my days as a Music major, I loved Jazz to death and could feel it in my
> 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
> > 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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