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“Opening space to everyone”

That’s certainly the dream of Liftport, the space-elevator company I’ve written about before – and it’s the subtitle of their recently-published, eponymously-titled book. I was given the privilege of downloading an advance copy to read and (ideally) review, which I did. Well, I finished the downloading and most of the reading parts, all with the best of intentions.

And I’m sorry, Brian – a PDF just ain’t the same thing as a book ;-) I got about 2/3 of the way through it before I got a little brown and toasty around the edges… 300+ pages of PDF, man! Maybe with an e-book reader that has the same form-factor and heft as a book it’d be easier, but until then, I think I’m a hard-copy guy. Dead trees: wasteful and inefficient, but still oh-so-satisfying…

So today I satisfied that urge. While I couldn’t make last night’s reading and signing at the UW Bookstore in Seattle (supper: 6:30PM; event: 7PM; bedtime for The Boy: 7:30PM. Wasn’t gonna happen.), I could (and did) swing by today to pick up a (signed! woo-hoo!) copy of the book. I don’t have the cash lying around to actually invest in Liftport, so until such time as I have that degree of discretionary income this is the least I can do…

So in a couple of days, I’ll have a review up. Really.

6 Responses to ““Opening space to everyone””

  1. Brian Says:

    Dead trees: wasteful and inefficient, but still oh-so-satisfying…

    Agreed. Some people were ok with a PDF for review, some not. But nothing like a paper book you can hold, mark up, etc.

    I don’t have the cash lying around to actually invest in Liftport, so until such time as I have that degree of discretionary income this is the least I can do…

    And it is appreciated. Actually you’re doing a great deal more by writing about us, and we really appreciate that. It’s all about mind-share.

    Well, it’s really all about engineering and politics but the former enables the latter.

  2. Brian Says:

    <i>Dead trees: wasteful and inefficient, but still oh-so-satisfying…</i>

    Agreed. Some people were ok with a PDF for review, some not. But nothing like a paper book you can hold, mark up, etc.

    <i>I don’t have the cash lying around to actually invest in Liftport, so until such time as I have that degree of discretionary income this is the least I can do…</i>

    And it is appreciated. Actually you're doing a great deal more by writing about us, and we really appreciate that. It's all about mind-share.

    Well, it's really all about engineering and politics but the former enables the latter.

  3. Frank Says:

    It is all about engineering, finanace, politics, and law. These require that people believe in the possibility of a space elevator (SE) in our liftime. People also need to believe that an SE will make a good return on investment. Masses of people need to want or at least not oppose the building of the SE.

    Talking about the SE is as important at this time as investing in LiftPort. Thanks for your help.

  4. Frank Says:

    It is all about engineering, finanace, politics, and law. These require that people believe in the possibility of a space elevator (SE) in our liftime. People also need to believe that an SE will make a good return on investment. Masses of people need to want or at least not oppose the building of the SE.

    Talking about the SE is as important at this time as investing in LiftPort. Thanks for your help.

  5. IbaDaiRon Says:

    (I feel guilty. I bought the book but haven’t read it yet. Or blogged about it. I’m bad.)

  6. IbaDaiRon Says:

    (I feel guilty. I bought the book but haven't read it yet. Or blogged about it. I'm bad.)

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