The Fountains of Paradise (E–book)

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The Fountains of Paradise review ↠ 3 characters ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Arthur C. Clarke Arthur C. Clarke ✓ 3 review 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 360. 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 employeesBut 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 conuest 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 maturityPart 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 cableFor exampleBut 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 homeGiven how I ve already confessed that I hoped this would be the story of the titanic struggle to conuer 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 beueath 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 allIn 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 philosophyI 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 bangWhatever 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 Auinas would accomplish this is not really addressed but for me as a computer scientist it does raise an interesting uestion of the presumed sophont class of the probe in uestion 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 civilizationsAnd 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 A Mother’s Sacrifice revolutionize the future of humankind in space a Space Elevator 360. 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 Demon, Volume 3 reader If you want a particular story you should write it yourself is the You Wouldn't Want to Be an Assyrian Soldier!: An Ancient Army You'd Rather Not Join (You Wouldn't Want to...) rightful Herdentiere 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 Thought Bubble Anthology Collection 10 Years of Comics result is that the largest enterprise ever undertaken by man is made to feel like it s a small business with perhaps five employeesBut 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 conuest 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 The Mysterious Murder of JFKs Mistress realized visions of the stars that serve to make the Lisa Emmer Historical Thrillers Vol. 1-2 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 Star Crossed Battered Hearts Book 2 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 Batman Forever rather than face up to the immensity of Old Man Space with some sort of maturityPart 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 Mapping the Interior 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 States of Injury result ends up seeming less grand than even for example the story of the laying of the first transatlantic telegraph cableFor exampleBut 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 The behaviour of moths resolve down to just another story about the supposed conflict between Regulating Aversion Tolerance in the Age of Identity and Empire 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 Politics Out of History 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 homeGiven how I ve already confessed that I hoped this would be the story of the titanic struggle to conuer 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 Edgework Critical Essays on Knowledge and Politics 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 The Standard Grand 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 beueath 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 allIn this case the salvation takes the form of eliminating all The Signal Flame religions from the Earth Instead of bestowing on mankind the usual technological wisdom it dispences philosophyI 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 ترانه های بابا طاهر (گزینه ادب پارسی #11) right all along and all Spelling the Hours Stone Bird Poetry #1 religions are hooey Now who could have guessed that twist It s such a jarringly humorous and incongruous episode in the middle of the The Brontë Sisters rest of the story that I More Than I Wished For 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 Gary Players Black Book razor a failure to Entropy in Bloom really consider the different A Fine Red Rain role of infinite and finite numbers a The Dance of the Violin red herring and a failure to consider the cosmological and theological import of the big bangWhatever Clarke s larger intent within the setting Clarke s technological prophet is taken with such seriousness that we are told virtually all Elementary She Read A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery #1 religious belief ceases and human spiritual activity Red Chameleon reaches an atheistic eschaton Just like that a new age dawns Exactly why the unambiguous Indoor Cats (Complete Pet Owner's Manual) refutation of Thomas 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handwavium in the construction of the space elevator Little did I The Greatest Gift 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 Meet My Famous Friends 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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The Fountains of Paradise review ↠ 3 characters ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Arthur C. Clarke Arthur C. Clarke ✓ 3 review 00 kilometers high anchored to an euatorial island in the Indian OceanAn amazing list genuinely the best novels from sixty years of SF Iain M BanksDelightfully written and at times almost unbearably exc. 45 to 50 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 reuired 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 RECOMMENDEDWinner Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1980Winner Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1980Nominee Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1980Nominee British Science Fiction Award for Best Novel 1980 Francis Bacon Important Paintings from the Estate respectful of the scientific basis Bracebridge Hall reuired for the story but never let itself get bogged down in overly long technical explanations A superb story that once again My Guinea Pig (My Pet Series) reaffirms that man can do just about anythign if he sets his mind to it HIGHLY RECOMMENDEDWinner Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1980Winner Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1980Nominee Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1980Nominee British Science Fiction Award for Best Novel 1980

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The Fountains of Paradise review ↠ 3 characters ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Arthur C. Clarke Arthur C. Clarke ✓ 3 review Iting Kingsley AmisHis enthusiasm is combined with his considerable literary and myth making skillsthe result is something special Sunday TelegraphA superbly crafted novel that may be his best Tribu. A truly breathtaking work of speculative fiction the scenes set 400km above the Earth s surface actually triggered my vertigo at one point Clarke s imagination is nothing less than visionary all the so as it is based in real hard science Astonishing and highly recommended to fans of hard SF the climax might even appeal to the Space Opera crowd


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    The Fountains of Paradise (E–book) 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 workTelling the story of an elevator into space this also describes a flashback related story thousands of years earlier as a Sri Lankan king buil

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    The Fountains of Paradise (E–book) Arthur C. Clarke ✓ 3 review characters ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Arthur C. Clarke Following the resounding success of my Locus uest 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 listThis 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 winner

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    The Fountains of Paradise (E–book) 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 fi

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    The Fountains of Paradise (E–book) characters ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Arthur C. Clarke review The Fountains of Paradise 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 desi

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    The Fountains of Paradise (E–book) 45 to 50 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 reuired 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 RECOMMENDEDWinner Hugo Awar

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    review The Fountains of Paradise The Fountains of Paradise (E–book) Arthur C. Clarke ✓ 3 review Space Elevators Elevators that take people from the surface of Earth all the way across thousands of kilometers to orbitSounds fun yeah?Not to meTo 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 InterpretationsYet while the term 'Space Elevator' doesn't exactly drip with excitement Clarke i

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    The Fountains of Paradise (E–book) 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 sensitivel

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    The Fountains of Paradise (E–book) characters ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Arthur C. Clarke Arthur C. Clarke ✓ 3 review A truly breathtaking work of speculative fiction; the scenes set 400km above the Earth's surface actually triggered my vertigo at one point Clarke's imagination is nothing less than visionary all the so as it is based in real hard science Astonishing and highly recommended to fans of hard SF the climax might even appeal to the Space Opera crowd

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    characters ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Arthur C. Clarke The Fountains of Paradise (E–book) Arthur C Clarke once wrote a rather dull short story which just happened to suggest the idea of geostationary satellites ov

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    The Fountains of Paradise (E–book) Arthur C. Clarke ✓ 3 review characters ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Arthur C. Clarke 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 ualms in announcing that this 1980 winner is a real winnerIt's a true pleasure to read on several leve

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