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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 orbit 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.

The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke

  • Originally published: 1979

    Author: Arthur C. Clarke

    Page count: 256

    Genres: Novel, Science Fiction

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