The Books

The Tower to the Sun

by Colin Thompson

One Potato Review

Grim and apocalyptic, with scarcely a consolation in sight; you can see why this book didn’t stick around (it was published in 1997) or wasn’t adapted by Disney, but that’s okay. Here is an already fully imagined picture of the future, where not only is the earth’s surface invisible from other worlds, but even earth’s people are barely visible through the buildings. Everything else is unthinkably complicated architecture (Disney could not have done better), and one man’s determination to show his grandson (and his grandson’s grandson) how the sky used to look way back when Al Gore was giving PowerPoint presentations. A fanciful, sometimes magnificent, artistic accomplishment, and a louder, clearer wake-up call for anyone who likes to hit the snooze.

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