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The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke
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Jul 15, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: scifi
Recommended for: sci fi fans, engineers, futurists, utopians
Read in July, 2009 , read count: 1

I'm a fan of Buckminster Fuller's world-changingly-big ideas for future human housing and transportation, so this book was right up my alley. Arthur C. Clarke tells the story of the construction of a "space elevator" and couches his suspenseful, fun narrative in a rich, invented history that has so many parallels to our own it's positively believable. Clarke seems to fall in the atheist camp, but the story playing with the "Tower of Babel" concept and the idea that engineering projects of this scale bring us into conflict with the gods - whether we've invented the gods, or they invented us.
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