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"The best fuzzy rules, the best knowledge, deal with the turning points of the system. If a race-car driver teaches you how to drive, you don't need him to show you how to drive on the straightaway. It's how he handles the curves that matters."
- Bart Kosko

Beanstalk  
  Clever name for the space elevator.  

As I left the Kenya Beanstalk capsule he was right on my heels. He followed me through the door leading to Customs, Health and Immigration. As the door contracted behind him I killed him.

I have never liked riding the Beanstalk. My distaste was full-blown even before the disaster to the Quito Skyhook. A cable that goes up into the sky with nothing to hold it up smells too much of magic. But the only other way to reach Ell-Five takes too long and costs too much; my orders and expense acount did not cover it.

From Friday, by Robert Heinlein.
Published by Not Known in 1982
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Readers will recognize the idea of a space elevator or orbital tower, popularized by Arthur C. Clarke in his excellent 1978 novel The Fountains of Paradise. The basic idea was first proposed by Konstantin Tsiolkovsky in 1895 (after seeing the Eiffel Tower).

Thanks to Nebula Nox for pointing out this item.

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