The Fountains of Paradise

The Fountains of Paradise This Hugo and Nebula Award winning novel is reissued in this trade paperback edition Vannemar Morgan s dream of linking Earth with the stars requires a mile high space elevator But first he mus

This Hugo and Nebula Award winning novel is reissued in this trade paperback edition Vannemar Morgan s dream of linking Earth with the stars requires a 24,000 mile high space elevator But first he must solve a million technical, political, and economic problems while allaying the wrath of God Includes a new introduction by the author.

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The Fountains of Paradise

  1. Arthur C Clarke was one of the most important and influential figures in 20th century science fiction He spent the first half of his life in England, where he served in World War Two as a radar operator, before emigrating to Ceylon in 1956 He is best known for the novel and movie 2001 A Space Odyssey, which he co created with the assistance of Stanley Kubrick.Clarke was a graduate of King s College, London where he obtained First Class Honours in Physics and Mathematics He is past Chairman of the British Interplanetary Society, a member of the Academy of Astronautics, the Royal Astronomical Society, and many other scientific organizations.Author of over fifty books, his numerous awards include the 1961 Kalinga Prize, the AAAS Westinghouse science writing prize, the Bradford Washburn Award, and the John W Campbell Award for his novel Rendezvous With Rama Clarke also won the Nebula Award of the Science Fiction Writers of America in 1972, 1974 and 1979, the Hugo Award of the World Science Fiction Convention in 1974 and 1980, and in 1986 became Grand Master of the Science Fiction Writers of America He was awarded the CBE in 1989.

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  1. Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma which reading list to follow it up with Variety is the spice of life, so I ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously This book falls into my HUGO WINNERS list.This is the reading list that follows the old adage, if it ain t broke, don t fix it I loved reading the Locus Sci Fi Award winners so I m going to crack on with the Hugo winners next but only the post 1980 winners, I ll follow up with pre 198 [...]

  2. I was disappointed in this book, though I confess that part of it is my fault Clarke didn t tell the story that I wanted him to tell, and this is always an unfair expectation on the part of the reader If you want a particular story, you should write it yourself is the rightful reply of the writer But I m only human, and when I get figs when I was expecting chocolate, I m disappointed even if I like figs, which I do The Fountains of Paradise is about mankind s first attempt to construct a space e [...]

  3. 4.5 to 5.0 stars Definitely one of Clarke s best novels, which is saying something given his tremendous body of work The novel, as most of Clarke s work, was respectful of the scientific basis required for the story but never let itself get bogged down in overly long technical explanations A superb story that once again reaffirms that man can do just about anythign if he sets his mind to it HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Winner Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1980 Winner Nebula Award for Best Scie [...]

  4. When I was a kid, Arthur C Clarke s The Fountains of Paradise was one of my favorite books I must ve read it than half a dozen times, checking it out from the library The book has to do with the creation of a space elevator, and though I haven t read it, now, in over 30 years, I remember it dealing beautifully and sensitively with the conflicts between traditionalism and social and technological progress It follows one scientist s impossible dream to fulfillment, and although the ending is bitt [...]

  5. I ve been a sci fi fan from as far back as I can remember and I ve read the major works of most of the better authors over the years However, I bought this book years ago and, for some reason, it s sat languishing on my bookshelves, unread and getting dustier by the year The book won the two major sci fi awards, the Hugo and the Nebula, back when it was published in 1979, but the cover blurb never grabbed my interest enough to read it over the years So I finally got around to reading it and was [...]

  6. Arthur C Clarke once wrote a rather dull short story, which just happened to suggest the idea of geostationary satellites over 20 years before there were any This is a rather dull novel, which presents a detailed plan for building a space elevator.Well, I hope history repeats itself

  7. Where I ve recently read one or two Hugo winning novels recently that I may or may not have exactly wished were winners, I have no qualms in announcing that this 1980 winner is a real winner.It s a true pleasure to read on several levels While the official story sometimes feels a bit tacked on and ethereal, the themes and the characters and the science is all top shelf goodness.The themes and feels are well known for fans of A C Clarke He has a serious devotion to space elevators, the reduction [...]

  8. The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C Clarkei remember this book as a kid, think got hardcover through science fiction book club, but have read it at least 3 times as an adult since 17 this is a comforting, engaging, typically arthur c clarke future conflict is between man capital m, and the constraints of the universe and incidentally, of course, the religious forces but science trumps them all sf as engineering fiction written by engineers for engineers something naive or just hopeful, somethi [...]

  9. There s a lady who s sure all that glitters is goldAnd she s buying a stairway to heaven Hmm not an entirely appropriate Led Zep reference I suppose but I got to start the review somewhere, and the phrase Stairway to heaven does appear in the book, but regrettably not the guitar solo.It is quite often pleasant to go into a book without knowing anything about it Not exactly the case with this one, I knew it is about space elevators, it s not exactly an obscure book by an unknown author but beside [...]

  10. I didn t expect to like this Space elevators, yawn.The setting, in Sri Lanka, with the historic temple kingdom gardens first of all I can t believe that place exists But it does image error And then somehow it is the only appropriate place to build a space elevator The story goes backwards and forwards in time It triggered my imagination like when I was young ETA We discussed this on the SFF Audio Podcast.

  11. Where should I start, If I could give it 4.5 stars I would, I really enjoyed the book, and after labouring for a month on my previous book, zipped through this despite there still being sport on English TV.I haven t read an A C Clarke book for a few years and this book just reminded me why I like him so much as an author, and why I have so many of his books to re read, OMG when will I get the time.His descriptive powers are superb and I defy you not to be transferred to Taprobane, or to see the [...]

  12. This is a story of how a futuristic, modern wonder of the world came into being Of how political, religious, technical and sometimes life threatening problems were overcome in order to make one man s dream happen.Arthur C Clarke is a kind of luke warm author for me I ve never read anything of his that has set me on fire but I haven t hated anything either This book is no exception At times I felt quite engaged and at others I felt like I wish it would just get on with it.I m coming to the conclu [...]

  13. Embarrassing enough, this book is what inspired me to persure engineering It s a fun story of an engineer s attempts to elevate humanity.

  14. The fountains of paradise, Arthur C ClarkeCharacters Vannemar MorgaAbstracts Vannemar Morgan s dream of linking Earth with the stars requires a 24,000 mile high space elevator But first he must solve a million technical, political, and economic problems 1357 309 964674222 1 2 3 4 5 6 11 1966 1960 1976 1 kalidasa2 Ranapura3 4 yakagala 5 Serkanda6 Vennevar Morgan

  15. The basic plot of The Fountains of Paradise can be summed up with two words space elevator Yes, it s something of an architectural procedural, and much of the story is taken up with the events of the project lead Vannevar Morgan to get the thing started Luckily, this is also terribly interesting, far so than I ever would have guessed Morgan wants to build his elevator on the fictional island of Sri Kanda essentially Sri Lanka moved to the equator , but there s the small problem of an ancient mo [...]

  16. This was one of the first science fiction books I remember reading that I could see the possibility of something which at that time seemed impossible Faster than light travel, teleporters, electromagnetic artificial gravity all staples of Star Trek seemed implausible to me then But a geosynchronous space elevator made me pause This was before buckminsterfullerene had been developed, so diamond cables seemed a leap but, again, a plausible leap.The actual story was lost in my memory, other than vi [...]

  17. I never really like Arthur C Clarke books, but I always like Arthur C Clarke There s a warmth and a hope to his relentless rationality, a kind of calm, dis believing center to his scientific outlook, which I find charming even while his stories usually plod slowly and relentlessly onward, eventually boring the shit out of me This whole book comes down to an aging scientist with a heart condition attempting to disengage a really heavy battery from the underside of a stuck elevator Which is fine B [...]

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  19. An interesting exploration of the tension between artistic technological ambition and sociopolitical practicality It s interesting to compare this to the Mars trilogy by Robinson, a conscious attempt to recreate Clarke s style which revisits a lot of the same themes and ideas of this book While I didn t much care for Red Mars , I quite liked this book Clarke has a remarkable ability to blend his extrapolations with, not just action, but genuinely interesting storylines and characters.My criticis [...]

  20. Fountains of ParadiseAfter reading the first few chapters, I forgot that it was an A C Clarke novel I held in my hands It felt like something from Poul Anderson or Robert Silverberg Kings, Princes in an exotic subtropical landscape and such However, by the second half of the novel, the lengthy talk of the building of a tower or space elevator or vertical bridge or stairway to heaven, it was clear that this was what I expected from a Clarke novel.I read somewhere that this was Clarke s personal [...]

  21. DNF I keep trying to find the Clarke I fell in love with, when I read 2001 and subsequent books in that series , but I m beginning to think that Stanley Kubrick s influence on the novel the movie and novel were created in parallel is really what I fell in love with Got 50% through and just didn t feel anything for the book Dry sci fi It reminds me of his Rama series, but without the human element that allowed me to push through.

  22. This is one of my favorite books and I come back to it yearly I love new technologies and when I read about one that is years in advance of it s time, I get a feeling I don t know when anyone is going to build a space elevator The best thing about this story is it is about than just the Sci Fi It s a great story.

  23. the idea of Space Elevator is excellent enpedia wiki Space_ee video obayashi english spe will be realized forward the future.But the plot in the novel is usual.

  24. There are some great authors I am just never going to love, and Arthur C Clarke is one of them This Hugo winning 1979 novel helped popularize the space elevator that has been reused many times in science fiction though I don t think Clarke actually invented the idea Last I heard, an actual space elevator is still considered to be barely feasible than a generation ship something we might theoretically be capable of building, but with any foreseeable technology, completely unfeasible.Clarke makes [...]

  25. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.The latest scheme dreamed up by Dr Vannevar Morgan, a materials engineer, is either pure genius or pure crackpot He wants to build an elevator to space He s discovered a new material that he thinks is strong enough to withstand the gravitational and climatic forces that would act on such a structure and he s found the only place on Earth where it s possible to achieve his dream the top of the mountain Sri Kanda on the equatorial island of Taprobane pronoun [...]

  26. Nutshell earthlings begin building skyhook, aliens show up, aliens go away, earthlings finish skyhook, yay Nifty parallel drawn between ancient monument builders and scifi megastructures through the use of an ancient Sri Lankan legend or what purports to be, anyway Lotsa technical detail Whatever Best parts of the book are the political interactions between interest groups regarding obstacles to building the space elevator The main one, set up as structural to the narrative early on religious op [...]

  27. Doing an Sffaudio readalong Sunday I got kind of bored with it last time I tried it in the car Will pay closer attention at home this time What s all this king crap Space elevators rule I want that Bridge of Gibraltar from Africa to Europe to be real.All done Definitely to be read for the sensawonder space elevator construction Some may enjoy the history of King Kalidasa King Kashyapa and the Sri Lanka setting in the beginning I thought a little too much time was spent on the A Fall of Moondust [...]

  28. This is a good book by Arthur C Clarke, written in 1979, dealing with a mans desire to build a space elevator on the equator to transport men and materials to a point just outside the Earths atmosphere The only worry is that the prime location for the elevator is on the peak of a sacred mountain, guarded by the monks who live there.This story is set in the land of Taprobane, which is a thin disguise for the authors home land, Sri Lanka This is a great read, and somewhat visionary, as only a few [...]

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