Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Fountains Of Paradise - Arthur C. Clarke

Space Elevator in alternate Sri Lanka.

The main story in this novel is the construction of a space elevator, and all the engineering problems and dangers for those working on the project.

Not everyone thinks this is a great idea, particularly the head of the religious orders near where this is to be built.

To make the whole story more interesting and complicated, an alien artifact arrives at Earth earlier in the novel, communicating information and the fact that yes, there are races that are way beyond you in maturity, in all senses.

Religion, aliens and monumental work, all tied in together.

Certainly one of Clarke's best books.

4 out of 5

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