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The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke
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Jul 15, 2011

really liked it

Strange. I have finished the book, and while I am still not sure what the main conflict is, I quite enjoyed it. It starts two thousand years ago, spends most of its time about five hundred years from now, and ends two thousand years in the future.

The Fountains of Paradise is a true science fiction book -- heavy on the science, as one might expect from an Arthur C. Clarke book. The reality he has made in the book now weighs heavily on my dreams for the future. The ideas described herein seem like a clearly logical step, though I do not think we are anywhere near the technology level to physically complete one of the towers at this stage.

Beyond the science, of course, this is an engaging story with strong characters, a strong setting, and (though the main plot somewhat eludes me) a strong pull that keeps you reading.

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