The Fountains of Paradise

by Arthur C. Clarke

Rank: 101
Other information: Hugo award winner; Nebula award winner
Recommended by: Ada Kerman
Initial rank: 100
Fiction - Science Fiction / Fantasy - Science Fiction

This novel tells the story of the first Orbital Tower to be built. Sometimes referred to in other novels as "beanstalks", orbital towers are made possible by centering the tower in geosynchronous orbit, suspending the tower to Earth's surface in one direction and further into space in the other direction. This is a cheaper and more efficient way of getting things into space than by using rockets.

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