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Encyclopedia > The Fountains of Paradise
The Fountains of Paradise
Cover of first UK edition (hardcover)
Author Arthur C. Clarke
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre(s) Science fiction novel
Publisher Victor Gollancz (UK) &
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (US)
Released 1979
Media Type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 256 pp (first UK edition, hardcover)
ISBN ISBN 0-575-02520-4 (first UK edition, hardcover)

The Fountains of Paradise is a 1979 novel by Arthur C. Clarke. Set in the 22nd century, it describes the construction of a space elevator. This orbital "beanstalk" is a giant structure rising from the ground and linking with a satellite in geostationary or Clarke 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. Fountains of Paradise novel cover File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Sir Arthur Charles Clarke (born December 16, 1917) is a British author and inventor, most famous for his science-fiction novel 2001: A Space Odyssey, and for collaborating with director Stanley Kubrick on the film of the same name. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Some notable science fiction novels, in alphabetical order by title: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke 334 by Thomas M. Disch An Age by Brian Aldiss The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton The Atrocity Exhibition by J.G. Ballard... Victor Gollancz (April 9, 1893–February 8, 1967) was a British publisher, socialist, and humanitarian. ... Harcourt Trade Publishers is a U.S. publishing firm, and one of the worlds largest publishers of textbooks. ... A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) book is bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with cloth or heavy paper) and a stitched spine. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... See also: 1978 in literature, other events of 1979, 1980 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Sir Arthur Charles Clarke (born December 16, 1917) is a British author and inventor, most famous for his science-fiction novel 2001: A Space Odyssey, and for collaborating with director Stanley Kubrick on the film of the same name. ... The 22nd century (Gregorian calendar) will comprise the years 2101-2200. ... A space elevator would consist of a cable anchored to the Earths surface, reaching into space. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with geosynchronous orbit. ... A Redstone rocket, part of the Mercury program The traditional definition of a rocket is a vehicle, missile or aircraft which obtains thrust by the reaction to the ejection of fast moving fluid from within a rocket engine. ...


Plot summary

In the novel, Clarke uses the life of the ancient king Kalidasa to foreshadow the adventures of engineer Vannevar Morgan in his single-minded determination to realize the space elevator. Subplots in the novel include human colonization of the solar system and the first contact with extraterrestrial intelligence. Clarke also hypothesizes that religion in humans is a consequence of sexual reproduction, although the idea does not play a central role in the novel. The Fountains of Paradise is set in the fictional country of Taprobane, which Clarke has described as "about ninety percent congruent with the island of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)". First contact is a term used to describe a first meeting of two previously unknown cultures. ... The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, currently used by the SETI project in the search for extraterrestrial life Extraterrestrial life is life that may exist and originate outside the planet Earth, the only place in the universe currently known to support life. ... Sexual reproduction is a type of reproduction that results in increasing genetic diversity of the offspring. ...


In the novel, Clarke envisions a microscopically thin but strong "hyperfilament" that makes the elevator possible. Although the hyperfilament is constructed from "continuous pseudo-one-dimensional diamond crystal" [pg.45] in the novel, Clarke later expressed his belief that another type of carbon, Buckminsterfullerene, would play the role of hyperfilament in a real space elevator. This article is about the gemstone. ... The fullerenes, discovered in 1985 by researchers at Rice University, are a family of carbon allotropes named after Buckminster Fuller. ...


The latest developments in carbon nanotube technology brings the orbital elevator closer to possible realization. 3D model of three types of single-walled carbon nanotubes. ... 3D model of three types of single-walled carbon nanotubes. ...


The epilogue shows an Earth with several space elevators leading to a giant, "circumterran", space station that encircles Earth at geostationary altitude. The analogy with a wheel is evident: the space station itself is the wheel rim, Earth is the axle, and the six equidistant space elevators the spokes. A spoke is one of some number of rods radiating from the center of a wheel (the hub where the axle connects), connecting the hub with the round traction surface. ...


Literary significance & criticism

  • SF Site, Rich Horton - link
  • SF Reviews.Net, T. M. Wagner - link

Awards and nominations



The Nebula is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the two previous years (see rolling eligibility below). ... Winners of the Nebula Award for Best Novel. ... The 2005 Hugo Award with base designed by Deb Kosiba. ... The Hugo Awards are given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works. ...

The Novels of Arthur C. Clarke
Prelude to Space | The Sands of Mars | Islands in the Sky | Against the Fall of Night | Childhood's End | Earthlight | The City and the Stars | The Deep Range | A Fall of Moondust | Dolphin Island | Glide Path | 2001: A Space Odyssey | The Lion of Comarre & Against the Fall of Night | Rendezvous with Rama | Imperial Earth | The Fountains of Paradise | 2010: Odyssey Two | Songs of Distant Earth | 2061: Odyssey Three | Cradle | Rama II | The Ghost from the Grand Banks | The Garden of Rama | Rama Revealed | The Hammer of God | Richter 10 | 3001: The Final Odyssey | The Trigger | The Light of Other Days | Time's Eye | Sunstorm | The Last Theorem

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The Fountains of Paradise - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (361 words)
The Fountains of Paradise is a 1979 novel by Arthur C. Clarke.
Clarke also hypothesizes that religion in humans is a consequence of sexual reproduction, although the idea does not play a central role in the novel.
The Fountains of Paradise is set in the fictional country of Taprobane, which Clarke has described as "about ninety percent congruent with the island of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)".
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