Space travel via tether between asteroids

In this web content, the author reflects on their science fiction novel that was written in the late 1980s to early 1990s. The novel was based on three ideas: a fascination with a specific asteroid called Toutatis, the concept of a launch tether attached to a small, fast-rotating asteroid, and the development of a network that covers the solar system. The author admits that the novel was flawed, with wooden characters, expositional dialogue, and an inability to write female characters. The author ponders the idea of humanity spreading throughout the solar system and wonders about the feasibility of a 60km tether attached to a fast-rotating asteroid. They express a desire to find someone who can calculate the stresses on such a tether and explore the concept through n-body simulation.

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