G. Harry Stine’s 1981 Space Doctoris a near-future hard SF novel. It was published under his Lee Correy pen-name.
Note recurrence of the term visionary in the following synopsis.
Democratic Senator Owen Hocksmith is a political powerhouse; he is high in the councils of New Mexico’s Democratic Party. He’s also a wealthy oligarch, with investments in ranching, banking, and high-tech industries.
One investment is looking shaky. The senator’s Eden Corporation is not subject to short-sighted antitrust laws hobbling truly visionary capitalism and secured the contract to build America’s solar power satellites. Senator Hocksmith is determined to see the project to completion and not just for the vast wealth the project can deliver. He believes nuclear war can only be staved off as long as energy is cheap. SPS (Solar Power Satellites, the company) can deliver cheap energy.
Still, the project presents unprecedented challenges. Several such challenges face Dr. Tom Noels, the project’s medical director.
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