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The Fountains of Paradise

Author: Clarke, Arthur C. Set In . . .
 Outer Space, Earth's Orbit, Asia, Sri Lanka
Genre: Science Fiction
Time Frame: Future
Published: 1979
Description: Used Book Club Edition Hardcover published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, N.Y, 1979, 245 pages in Very Good Condition. Text is very clean with no marks, writing, rips, tears, creases, loose or bent pages. Fine blue boards, edge of the spine and Dust Jacket have some shelf wear along the edges. "The Fountains of Paradise" is set in the 22nd century, it describes the construction of a space elevator by Dr Vannevar Morgan, a famous engineer. Intrigue and sabotage confront Morgan and his project along the way. A group of scientists are stranded between base and 'Midway' after an accident, with limited food and air supplies. Despite his rapidly failing health, Morgan asserts his right to travel up the tower in a one-man 'spider' to rescue them. He nearly fails but ultimately succeeds, only to have his heart disease claim his life. "The Fountains of Paradise" deals with Clarke's vision of "space elevators" and he believed ultimately that "space elevators" will be his legacy, more so than geostationary satellites, once "space elevators" make space shuttles obsolete. Clarke won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1979 for this novel, however his most famous novel was "2001: A Space Odyssey". A British subject, Clarke was not only a science fiction writer but also an inventor and a futurist, he was knighted in 1998 and died in 2008 at the age of 91. We ship within 24 hours of your purchase with a Delivery Confirmation.
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