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The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C Clarke - First Edition - 1979 - from Bailgate Books Ltd and Biblio.com

The Fountains of Paradise

by Arthur C Clarke

Condition: Very Good Condition/Very Good


Harcourt Brace; Jovanovich, New York; London, 1979. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Very Good. Repair on reverse of dust-jacket at head of spine, glue mark in gutter of half-title (may have been re-cased in original covers), block edges are lightly marked. Crisp clean unclipped dust-jacket, fresh covers with gilt lettering on spine, sound binding, clean pages and end-papers. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: under 1 kg. ISBN: 0151327734. ISBN/EAN: 9780151327737. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 08918071084.. 9780151327737

The Fountains of Paradise is a Hugo and Nebula Award winning 1979 novel by Arthur C. Clarke. Set in the 22nd century, it describes the construction of a space elevator. This "orbital tower" is a giant structure rising from the ground and linking with a satellite in geostationary 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, making it much more cost-effective.




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