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EPUB #199 engineering project of all time and one which will revolutionize the future of humank. 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 desire to leave Morgan must convince or coerce the monks to leave in order to fulfill his dream and build a bridge to the sky The Fountains of Paradise is about the impermanence of religion achievement and life; but also about perseverance and thriving against impermanence This book is deserving of the Hugo and Nebula Awards that it received

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The Fountains of ParadiseInd of space a Space Elevator kilometres high anchored to an euatorial island in the Indian Ocea. 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 sensitively with the conflicts between traditionalism and social and technological progress It follows one scientist's 'impossible dream' to fulfillment and although the ending is bittersweet it is full of optimism of the belief that innovation will truly make our world and our lives better and that one brilliant person can at the end make a difference

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Read & Download The Fountains of Paradise à PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ ❮BOOKS❯ ⚣ The Fountains of Paradise Author Arthur C. Clarke – In the 22nd century visionary scientist Vannevar Morgan conceives the most grandiose engineering project of all time and one which will revoluIn the nd century visionary scientist Vannevar Morgan conceives the most grandiose The Fountains. 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