The Fountains of Paradise

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Rosetta Books, Nov 30, 2012 - Fiction - 356 pages
A Hugo and Nebula Award–winning novel from the legendary “colossus of science fiction” and creator of 2001: A Space Odyssey (The New Yorker).
 
Renowned structural engineer Dr. Vannevar Morgan seeks to link Earth to the stars by constructing a space elevator that will connect to an orbiting satellite 22,300 miles from the planet’s surface. The elevator would lift interstellar spaceships into orbit without the need of rockets to blast through the Earth’s atmosphere—making space travel easier and more cost-effective.
 
Unfortunately, the only appropriate surface base for the elevator is located at the top of a mountain already occupied by an ancient order of Buddhist monks who strongly oppose the project. Morgan must face down their opposition—as well as enormous technical, political, and economic challenges—if he is to create his beanstalk to the heavens.
 
An epic novel of daring dreams spanning twenty decades, this award-winning drama combines believable science with heart-stopping suspense.
 
“A beautifully mounted story about the human need to reach—literally—for the stars, and the fine line between genius and megalomania.” —SFReviews.net
 

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An Elon Musk type wants to build a bridge from Earth to a space station and faces all sorts of challenges to make it happen. Hm. I liked the story fine, when I could find it, but there's too much time ... Read full review

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It was a good read. The science, was, of course, excellent, as were the handful of main characters. But the plot kind of fell apart at the end, leaving the book to kind of just fizzle out, with a bit ... Read full review

Contents

The Bell
Apostate
Moondozer
The Finger of
Orbital Roulette
The Night before Vesak
Ashoka Station
The First Lowering

The Artist
The GodKings Palace
Malgara
Filament
The Ultimate Bridge
The Silent Princess
The Temple
Starglider
Shadow at Dawn
The Education of Starglider
Bodhidharma
Conversations with Starglider
Parakarma
The Golden Butterflies
By the Shores of Lake Saladin
The Bridge That Danced
Judgment
Final Approach
The Legions of the King
Exodus
The Tower
Space Express
CORA
Vertigo
Starglider Plus Eighty
The Cruel
The BillionTon Diamond
Ascension
A Place of Silent Storms
The Wounded
The End of the Line
Meteor
Death in Orbit
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One of the most influential science fiction writers of the twentieth and twenty-first century, Arthur C. Clarke is the author of over one hundred novels, novellas, and short story collections that laid the groundwork for the science fiction genre. Combining scientific knowledge and visionary literary aptitude, Clarke's work explored the implications of major scientific discoveries in astonishingly inventive and mystical settings. Clarke's short stories and novels have won numerous Hugo and Nebula Awards, have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Several of his books, including 2001: A Space Odyssey and 2010: Odyssey II, have been adapted into films that still stand as classic examples of the genre. Without a doubt, Arthur C. Clarke's is one of the most important voices in contemporary science fiction literature.

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