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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 and style is reminiscent of some of his best work.Telling the story of an elevator into space, this also describes a flashback related story thousands of years earlier as a Sri Lankan king builds a palace high on the mountain top Both celestial projects stretch the limits of human achievement and engineering ability and Clarke s unique talent ties the two stories together.Much of the narrative is devoted to explanations of the problems and obstacles to overcome for such a marvel of technology and engineering Clarke also sets this in the near future and describes other preeminent projects like a bridge across Gibraltar Essentially, this is a filament tether connecting the mountain top to an orbiting satellite and we can easily transport people and supplies hundreds of kilometers into low space Clarke s scientific imagination and vision are again on exhibition This one also features better characterization than what we usually expect from him.Recalling his other works Rendezvous with Rama and Childhood s End, this also made me think of Poul Anderson s 1983 publication Orion Shall Rise.Good SF, this won both the Hugo and Nebula.


  2. says:

    The fountains of paradise, Arthur C ClarkeCharacters Vannemar MorgaAbstracts Vannemar Morgan s dream of linking Earth with the stars requires a 24,000 mile high space elevator But first he must solve a million technical, political, and economic problems 1978 1357 1380 309 10 964674222 1 2 3 4 5 6 1966 1960 1976 1 Kalidasa 2 Ranapura 3 4 yakagala 5 Serkanda 6 Vennevar Morgan .


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    Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, 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 list.This 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 time.Quick write a review before the toddler gets home So The Fountains of Paradise wasn t what I was expecting I m not quite 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 melodrama I 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 pun.For anyone like me who doesn t know much about this book The 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 elevator.We 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 ancient.So, what s to like It s accessible the language, structure and characters are all easy to grab hold of It s a quick 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 effort.And what s not to like The 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 equation 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 technological social political progression This feels like the 80s with a space elevator.And the final score I 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 4.Not 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 too Hmm 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 P.S 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 thanks.After this I read Q Pootle 5


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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 was expecting chocolate, I m disappointed even if I like figs, which I do The Fountains of Paradise is about mankind s first attempt to construct a space elevator It would perhaps be precise to say that it is about one man s attempt to construct a space elevator, as Clarke suffers from his usual failing of trying to tell grand world transforming stories from the viewpoint of a single individual who has limited social interaction The result is that the largest enterprise ever undertaken by man is made to feel like it s a small business with perhaps five employees.But that would not have particularly disappointed me had not the whole matter been made to seem so easy One of my particular and growing pet peeves is science fiction that makes the conquest of space seem like it ought to be a trivial matter I m increasingly of the conviction that science fiction which had been and ought to still be at the forefront of encouraging us to set our sights on the heavens, grow up, and leave the nest is instead becoming a hindrance to us We are increasingly becoming content with shoddy poorly realized visions of the stars that serve to make the real painful and difficult work of space exploration seem just that much less attractive In the stories, it is always so easy We flit across the unimaginable gulfs between stars not with the comparative ease with which we crossed the oceans much less a real sense of the difficulty involved , but with the ease that we drive down to the corner convenience store If it seems hard to get from here to there, we find alien artifacts that do the hard work for us If we despair at our ability to cope, well then we are uplifted from our ignorance by passing benevolent alien patrons We break the laws of physics with the power of plot, and we settle into the easy fantasies of human hubris rather than face up to the immensity of Old Man Space with some sort of maturity.Part of the problem is that only the last one third of the book actually concerns the construction of the space elevator By the time the construction of the space elevator is really joined, its completion is a foregone conclusion and the great problems are dispensed with off stage in favor of smaller scale and personnel tragedies and triumphs It is as if the project the artist has conceived is too grand of scale for his imagination, and so he deals with something that isn t The result ends up seeming less grand than even, for example, the story of the laying of the first transatlantic telegraph cable For example But the biggest disappointment is that the first two thirds of the book don t deal directly with the construction of the tower at all, but instead deal with the protagonist s struggle to obtain permission to build the space elevator on land currently occupied by an unwilling Buddhist monastery This part of the story is engaging than the last third but ultimately Clarke forces it to resolve down to just another story about the supposed conflict between reason and faith Despite the fact that these first 200 pages have the structure of a good 20 page short story, they would make for pretty good reading in Clarke s capable hands except that in the midst of this he finds himself unable to avoid picking up the trite hammer to nail his point home.Given how I ve already confessed that I hoped this would be the story of the titanic struggle to conquer near space, you can perhaps imagine my dismay when Clarke trots out that most tired of easy sci fi escapes the Alien Messiah Interspersed with this conflict between reason and faith in the form of the passively truculent monks standing in the way of human progress, Clarke adds an utterly unnecessary plot element of an alien visitor who is made to represent the last word in this metaconflict Exactly why Clarke thought the story was well served by such a ham handed device, I m not sure because without it I think the story and the conflict is thought provoking and its precise meaning difficult to tease out I will grant that as Alien Messiah s go this one is pretty original and well disguised Instead of an actual alien, it s the AI of survey probe of alien manufacture And it does not in fact bequeath the usual super science on the otherwise helpless mankind and thereby usher in an age of peace, abundance, and justice However, other than that it s a pretty typical Alien Messiah that saves mankind from itself and I was hoping at the outset that we could perhaps for once have a story without the intervention of a super alien at all.In this case, the salvation takes the form of eliminating all religions from the Earth Instead of bestowing on mankind the usual technological wisdom, it dispences philosophy.I kid you not Arthur C Clarke avowed atheist imagines an alien from on high come to Earth and pronounce in its irrefutable superhuman wisdom, that Arthur C Clarke has been right all along and all religions are hooey Now who could have guessed that twist It s such a jarringly humorous and incongruous episode in the middle of the rest of the story that I really didn t know what to make of it Is Clarke trying to be nasty here Or, is he trying to make a joke Is he convincing himself, or does he have some motive for deliberately advancing an extremely weak argument involving among other things the misuse of Ockham s razor, a failure to really consider the different role of infinite and finite numbers, a red herring, and a failure to consider the cosmological and theological import of the big bang Whatever Clarke s larger intent, within the setting Clarke s technological prophet is taken with such seriousness that we are told virtually all religious belief ceases and human spiritual activity reaches an atheistic eschaton Just like that, a new age dawns Exactly why the unambiguous refutation of Thomas Aquinas would accomplish this is not really addressed, but for me as a computer scientist it does raise an interesting question of the presumed sophont class of the probe in question that it was able in under an hour to exceed the mental activities of billions of words of pious gibberish with which apparently intelligent men had addled their minds for centuries That is a god like intelligence indeed As Clarke puts it, For the first time we knew what we d always suspected, that ours was not the only intelligence in the universe, and that out among the stars were far older and perhaps far wiser civilizations And if Clarke s imaginary alien probe doesn t convince you that super wise aliens will come along and usher in paradise on this Earth, well just what would When I started the book I was most afraid I would be annoyed with the rampant use of unobtanium and handwavium in the construction of the space elevator Little did I realize that the unobtainium in the elevator filaments would pale in comparison to the unobtainium in the philosophical constructs Still, for all that Clarke s digressions may annoy or may stimulate depending on your philosophical inclinations , the first two thirds is still a good story It s so good that when Clarke wraps this first story arc up, the remaining novel seems anticlimactic The first part is so much better and fully conceived that it as if the second shorter story arc is tacked on to fill out the story to a respectable length Much as I wanted the story to be about the second part, Clarke didn t seem to know what to do with it So, in the end I got a good story, but it was far from the one that I wanted.


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    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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    4.5 to 5.0 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 required 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 RECOMMENDED Winner Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1980 Winner Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1980 Nominee Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1980 Nominee British Science Fiction Award for Best Novel 1980


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    Space Elevators Elevators that take people from the surface of Earth all the way across thousands of kilometers to orbit.Sounds fun yeah Not to me.To 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 Twenty Chart Hits Pan Pipe Interpretations.Yet while the term Space Elevator doesn t exactly drip with excitement, Clarke, in his skilled way, spins an engaging and entertaining if at times a little dry story The Fountains of Paradise neatly juxtaposes the attempts to build humanity s first space elevator with the Sri Lankan Empire of the cruel king Kalidasa, a usurper of the Sri Lankan throne who during his rule built a pleasure palace whose beauty challenged that of heavenly paradise the fountains in the title refer to the water gardens in the palace.Set in a semi fictional Sri Lanka here known as Taprobane , the story mainly concerns Vannemar Morgan, a world renowned engineer, and his attempts to get support for an audacious project the linking of Earth s surface to orbit via a near monomolecular diamond cable, a cable that will allow for freight and people to be taken to orbit without the use of expensive rocketry.Clarke s fictional Sri Lanka, being close to the equator, is a natural spot for such an elevator, and the mountain known as Sri Kanda is by virtue of its height and location the best place on earth to connect the cable There is however, one problem At the summit of the mountain sits a Buddhist monastery, a sacred site that has been occupied for millennia The buddhist monks, and their abbot Venerable Bodhidharma Mahanayake Thero are not for budging, and will not allow the elevator to be built on their mountain Morgan must fight both their intransigence, and the monumental technical problems he faces in building a structure tens of thousands of kilometres long.The sections concerning the King Kalidasa and his palace are great Clarke spent many, many years in Sri Lanka An older colleague of mine who lived there used to see him wandering the beaches near Colombo and he brings its history and environment to life.As King Kalidasa builds his palace the Buddhist monastery on the peak nearby is ever present The disapproval of the monks and the influence of their spiritually powerful leader perpetually hangs over Kalidasa, nicely echoing their influence over Morgan and the space elevator in the future While the historical sections brim with life, however, the sections concerning Morgan are a little less exciting Towards the end I found myself skipping ahead to see if the ill fate that Clarke had telegraphed for his protagonist early in the book was as I suspected It was, and I was disappointed that his character arc was so obviously inevitable.Oh, and did I mention that first contact with aliens has already occurred in Clarke s universe An epoch defining event like discovering other intelligent life or in this case, them discovering us would seem to deserve than a mention, but it barely influences the narrative at all, or the motives of the characters, and seemed to me to have been included solely so that Clarke could include an interesting coda at the book s end from centuries after the central events in the novel.The far future coda did wrap things up nicely however, even if it seemed a little tacked on Overall this was an engaging, but not spectacular story that despite its flaws made spending tens of hours watching numbers slowly creep up on an space elevator floor counter seem exciting than I had initially expected.Three stars.


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    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.


  9. says:

    Arthur C Clarke once wrote a rather dull short story, which just happened to suggest the idea of geostationary satellites over 20 years before there were any This is a rather dull novel, which presents a detailed plan for building a space elevator.Well, I hope history repeats itself


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    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 qualms in announcing that this 1980 winner is a real winner.It s a true pleasure to read on several levels While the official story sometimes feels a bit tacked on and ethereal, the themes and the characters and the science is all top shelf goodness.The themes and feels are well known for fans of A C Clarke He has a serious devotion to space elevators, the reduction in superstition and religion, a truly hopeful outlook on life, and a serious devotion to space elevators.The characters here are especially awesome Ram is the eternal can do man, the scientist engineer hero that battles technical issues, economists, politicians, pop scientists, and sheer bad luck Sometimes this hero arc is an old cliche in SF, but here, I felt none of it He was a real joy to follow Even better was place and history AS character, with ancient mountain palaces, kings, and the weight of time and even the help of religion, leading to the final foundation of this admittedly awesome space elevator We were able to revel gloriously in setting and history as the novel built up to the crescendo within The Stairway To Heaven This is theme and novel structure firmly in control of a master storyteller, and I am giddy even now just thinking about it But never fear, if you re worried that nothing much happens, because the novel is full of ideas and conflict of an intellectual and engineering perspective A robot probe sent from an alien race comes and tells us that we re idiots, which should come as no surprise to anyone reading this review, but importantly, it serves as a very smart impetus for us to get off our asses and solve our problems before we get the real introduction to the galactic races Yay If only I could wish for such a fortunate event for us The novel ends on some pretty cool action, in case you adrenaline junkies were wondering, but this novel is not really one of those novels It s a smart and gorgeous growth and maturation of a grand Space Elevator and everything that it means for us As a goal, there are few realistic short term goals as beautiful or useful.I loved it, and saw in retrospect that this novel is one of the primary conversations in hard science SF through the years Kim Stanley Robinson continues and responds to this novel directly in his Mars trilogy Stephen Baxter gives great nods to it It s still a dream for us all Me too We really shouldn t forget one of Asimov s old axims don t put all your eggs in one basket.Let s get out there, people


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