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THE FOUNTAINS OF PARADISE by  Arthur C Clarke - First Edition - 1979. - from L. W. Currey, Inc. and Biblio.co.uk

THE FOUNTAINS OF PARADISE

by Clarke, Arthur C

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London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1979.. Octavo, boards. First edition. Winner of the 1979 Nebula and 1980 Hugo awards for best novel. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-250. Some mild foxing to top edge of text block, else a fine copy in nearly fine dust jacket with some scattered internal foxing which does not show through on outer surface. (#114555)

The Fountains of Paradise is a Hugo and Nebula Award winning 1979 novel by Arthur C. Clarke. Set in the 22nd century, it describes the construction of a space elevator. This "orbital tower" is a giant structure rising from the ground and linking with a satellite in geostationary at the height of approximately 36,000 kilometers (approx. 22,300 miles). Such a structure would be used to raise payloads to orbit without having to use rockets, making it much more cost-effective.




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