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"Generally, the human race avoids doing anything radical until forced into it."
- Frederik Pohl

Lunar Monorail  
  A monorail constructed above the surface of the Moon.  

The Monorail was losing speed as it climbed up out of the shadowed lowlands. At any moment now, thought Sadler, they would overtake the sun...

He had been racing through that night, across the land that the first pioneers had opened up two centuries ago, at a steady and comfortable five hundred kilometers per hour...

Ahead of the speeding car, the single rail - supported by pillars uncomfortably far apart - arrowed into the east...

The low-slung monorail car, straddling its single track, bored through the shadows on a slowly rising course. In the darkness around them, dimly seen crags and cliffs rushed forward with explosive swiftness, then vanished astern. Sadler realized that probably nowhere else could one travel at such velocities so close to the ground. No jet liner, far above the clouds of Earth, ever gave such an impression of sheer speed as this.

If it had been day, Sadler could have seen the prodigies of engineering that had flung this track across the foothills of the Apennines. But the darkness veiled the gossamer bridges and the canyon-fringing curves; he saw only the approaching peaks, still magically afloat upon the sea of night that lapped around them.

From Earthlight, by Arthur C. Clarke.
Published by Del Rey in 1955
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