The fountains of paradise

330 pages

English language

Published Nov. 20, 2001 by Warner/Aspect.

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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, 36,000 kilometers high, anchored to an equatorial island in the Indian Ocean.

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Having not previously read any Clarke, I was unsure what to expect from The Fountains of Paradise. What I found was a compulsive page turner that mixed excellent story telling with good science and good science fiction.

In a week that saw the first successful launch of a privately owned space vehicle to dock with the ISS, this story of epic engineering seems fittingly placed.


  • Elevators -- Design and construction -- Fiction
  • Mountains -- Religious aspects -- Fiction
  • Monks -- Fiction