Colony on the moon reached by space elevator. Opposing parties fighting for control of space elevator. Etiolated humans living in hidden part of colony. I have two authors in my head but can't pin down a title by either.

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    "Etiolated"? ... Huh? – Paulie_D Apr 3 '18 at 16:08
  • What two authors? Any detail can be the key when it comes to story ID. – Joseph Montanaro Apr 3 '18 at 16:14
  • @Eliza - Welcome to the site. If you could take a look at this guide to help jog your memory and edit in any more details, that would be great. Every little bit helps us. – amflare Apr 3 '18 at 16:16
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    @Paulie_D I was assuing that was meant to be "isolated" and some helpful tool "fixed" a misspelling for him, but ... it could just barely be intended. – dmckee Apr 3 '18 at 16:17
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    @dmckee -- I can see a very clever SciFi writer using the term.. Etiolation is the process where plants that need light will grow in a way to try to reach it -- usually pale, weak versions of the plant that are just trying to extend to where they may encounter light. (You will see this sometimes when a plant is badly obscured by a structure or other plants.) Humans, stuck as troglodytes, could well be said to engage in the same behavior, if, sick and pale, they are 'struggling toward the light.' IF that's what the author meant, it's clever.. But you are right; it's probably a typo :) – K-H-W Apr 3 '18 at 19:14

This sounds like the plots of Jumping off the Planet and Bouncing off the Moon -- the first two books of a trilogy by David Gerrold (concluded in Leaping to the Stars). The first novel involves conflict aboard a climber on the space elevator, while the second has a hidden Lunar colony, which the protagonists reach by crossing a long stretch of open surface in ball-like emergency pressure suits.

  • Agreed, that's my thought as well. – Organic Marble Apr 3 '18 at 20:28

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