Earthlight by Arthur C. Clarke:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Excellent early Clarke novel; it has the great pacing and measured, rational perspective that are a hallmark of Clarke's books. It takes place on the Moon in the not-to-far distant future; lunar bases and observatories dot the lunar surface. There are political tensions, but Clarke always measures their dangers against the harsh reality of life in space. Highly recommended. Select an invention:

Central City (Lunar Habitat)

Finely Divided Dust Propellant

Light-Absorbing Paint

Lunar Monorail

Monocab

Stiletto Beam - mysterious beam in vacuum

 

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