Stories to Make You Think BIG
The new sci-fi anthology Hieroglyph: Stories & Visions for a Better Future has a dual mission: entertain and inspire a new generation of scientists and engineers to think big. Cyberpunk author Neal Stephenson talks about his contribution, a story about building a 20-kilometer-tall tower that scrapes the stratosphere. Structural engineer Keith Hjelmstad weighs in on how we could make it happen. Read an excerpt from the book.
Neal Stephenson is a science fiction writer and author of Seveneves (William Morrow, 2015) based in Seattle, Washington.
Keith Hjelmstad is a structural engineering professor at the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.