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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 in space a Space Elevator 360. Following the resounding success of my Locus uest 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 listThis 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 1980 another timeuick write a review before the toddler gets homeSo The Fountains of Paradise wasn t what I was expecting I m not uite sure what exactly I was expecting because I d never read anything by Arthur C Clarke before but Space Elevators are a staple of space opera a sub genre I m particularly fond of so I guess I was expecting melodramaI said repeatedly in my comments while reading that this story is measured peaceful even Zen Now while I did enjoy those aspects I didn t find them terribly gripping Despite the wonderful engineering feat described I never felt riveted please excuse the terrible punFor anyone like me who doesn t know much about this bookThe story is about the greatest engineer of his generation Van His masterwork to date was the Gibraltar bridge so huge it s simply referred to as The Bridge Now he s got plans for an even bigger bridge a bridge to the stars in the form of a space elevator The only mountaintop site on Earth suitable for this incredible project is already occupied by an ancient Buddhist temple The story follows how Van comes to evict the tenants and then later his involvement in a rescue mission during the construction of the elevatorWe also get a flashback to some ancient history around the location of the elevator and a flashforward to mirror the distant future when the elevator is itself ancientSo what s to likeIt s accessible the language structure and characters are all easy to grab hold of It s a uick read it s not a big book The pure love of engineering and passion for the idea of a space elevator evident is interesting powerful and charming The tone throughout is mature thoughtful contemplative and peaceful It s kind of like a charismatic lecturer using an engineer s biography to try and get students to relate to the real world issues around major projects Not entirely successful but you appreciate the effortAnd what s not to likeThe story is interesting but not dramatic in the traditional sense Van has no close friends or family Nobody s life is at risk if his project doesn t get off the ground It s a fight for an idea a wonderful idea but there s no heart and soul at stake The plot is broadly bisected into getting the project started and the rescue mission The first challenge is overcome via a deus ex fluke The second has the potential for great heart string drama but ducks every bullet the victim being rescued is not someone we care about the method of rescue is mostly routine and sedate the moments of crisis en route are solved logically and methodically and the final climax is one of peaceful acceptance I applaud the mindset of Van throughout these trials but his careful competence does suck the risk factor out of the euation This is Van the man he gets the job done now let s look at the sceneryAs a far future tale this feels dated Apart from the crystal nanowire the Elevator is built of there s very little development out into broader technologicalsocialpolitical progression This feels like the 80s with a space elevatorAnd the final scoreI was torn between 3 and 4 stars I definitely liked it but I didn t really like it At no point was I not enjoying The Fountains of Paradise but the overall experience lacked ooomph In the end I settled on 3 stars because I just didn t have the conviction for 4Not a bad introduction I think to Arthur C Clarke In no way has it put me off reading when the opportunity arises What would you compare it tooHmm tough for me because I don t read much from that era Asimov is the only peer I ve read and they certainly have some stylistic elements common Some similarities to Larry Niven too A modern writer in the same headspace may be Greg Egan PS why is there no proper cover for this book only a photo of a book at a weird angle Huzzah Librarian David has now fixed this thanksAfter this I read Pootle 5

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The Fountains of Paradise

Iting Kingsley AmisHis enthusiasm is combined with his considerable literary and myth making skillsthe result is something special Sunday TelegraphA superbly crafted novel that may be his best Tribu. 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 bittersweet it is full of optimism of the belief that innovation will truly make our world and our lives better and that one brilliant person can at the end make a difference

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00 kilometers high anchored to an euatorial island in the Indian OceanAn amazing list genuinely the best novels from sixty years of SF Iain M BanksDelightfully written and at times almost unbearably exc. Vannevar Morgan the Chief Engineer of the Terran Construction Corporation dreams of building a bridge that links Earth to the stars The space elevator is preferable over rocket travel because it is less expensive and less damaging to the environment A mountain on the island of Taprobane is the only location capable of holding the elevator and that location is currently inhabited by Buddhist monks that have no desire to leave Morgan must convince or coerce the monks to leave in order to fulfill his dream and build a bridge to the sky The Fountains of Paradise is about the impermanence of religion achievement and life but also about perseverance and thriving against impermanence This book is deserving of the Hugo and Nebula Awards that it received


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  1. says:

    First published in 1979 Fountains of Paradise is one of Grandmaster Sir Arthur C Clarke’s later books but in its themes

  2. says:

    Following the resounding success of my Locus uest I faced a dilemma which reading list to follow it up with? Varie

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    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

  4. says:

    Vannevar Morgan the Chief Engineer of the Terran Construction Corporation dreams of building a bridge that links Earth to the stars The “space elevator” is preferable over rocket travel because it is less ex

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    45 to 50 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 reuired 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 RECOMMENDEDWinner Hugo Award for Best Science F

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    Space Elevators Elevators that take people from the surface of Earth all the way across thousands of kilometers to orbitSounds fun yeah?Not to meTo me it sounds like spending twenty hours packed into a crowded and fart infused metal room trying to avoid eye contact while enduring an unending audio loop of Top

  7. says:

    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 i

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    A truly breathtaking work of speculative fiction; the scenes set 400km above the Earth's surface actually triggered my vertigo at one point Clarke's imagination is nothing less than visionary all the so as it is based in real hard science Astonishing and highly recommended to fans of hard SF the climax might even appeal to the Spa

  9. says:

    Arthur C Clarke once wrote a rather dull short story which just happened to suggest the idea of geostationary sa

  10. says:

    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 ua