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Either by signing into your account or linking your membership details before your order is placed. Your points will be added to your account once your order is shipped. Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book! Vannemar Morgans dream is to link Earth to the stars with the greatest engineering feat of all time: a 24,mile-high space elevator.

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But first he must solve a million technical, political, and economic problems while allaying the wrath of God. About the Author One of the most accomplished authors in the history of science fiction, Arthur C. Clarke has written numerous international bestsellers. His visionary classics, including A Space Odyssey, Childhood's End, and Rendezvous with Rama, range across frontiers of science and society, combining exquisitely daring blueprints of future worlds with perceptive observations of our own. Which parts? Not the style - the usual blur of amiable banalities. Not the characters, who resemble a crew of exceptionally bright, well-behaved, and sexless year-olds.

Not the social or historical extrapolations, which sound like cute rejoinders to a random selection of headlines. The only thing that keeps this going is the liveliness of its technical premise: from a satellite in stable geosynchronous orbit over the island of "Taprobane," a team of scientists and engineers under the eager direction of aging Vannevar Morgan is trying to lower to Earth the incredibly thin and strong cables of a giant "elevator," which will eventually make Earthside rocket launchings obsolete by ferrying up men and materials from the ground to the satellite.

The lowest stage is still kilometers from Earth when a sudden malfunction traps a team of researchers in a small chamber at the end of the cables; the rest of the script is Early Standard Cliffhanger. Not much of a novel, but the idea is one of Clarke's most captivating.

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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 In the 22nd century visionary scientist Vannevar Morgan conceives the most grandiose engineering project of all time, and one which will revolutionize the future of humankind of space: a Space Elevator, 36, kilometres high, anchored to an equatorial island in the Indian Ocean.

Format: paperback. ISBN: Edition language: English. Just finished writing a collection of short stories so my need to write is really low. Anyways this novel sucks. But this collection of ideas is extraordinary! Solar mirrors on Mars, moon mining, magnetic rails I could plagiarise this book alone and have enough inventions for two or three See review. It is qu The basic plot of The Fountains of Paradise can be summed up with two words: space elevator.

9781857987218 - The Fountains Of Paradise (S.F. MASTERWORKS) by Arthur C Clarke

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