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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. "On an island in the Indian Ocean a twenty second -century engineer builds a colossal 'space elevator' which will connect with a station in geosynchronous orbit. A blend of old-fashioned Brunel-style technological heroics with Sri Lankan myth, effectively done in Clarke's best style." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), pp. 143-4. Winner of the 1979 Nebula and 1980 Hugo awards for best novel. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-250. Some tanning to upper edges of boards, a fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#155274)

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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