The Fountains of Paradise (1979)

 by Arthur C. Clarke

The technology of the space elevator is interesting, but Clarke failed to build a compelling story around it.

Plot elements, such as the sojourning spacecraft and the king who wanted to build a stairway to the stars, come and go without amounting to a unified whole.


Character does not seem to be a major concern for Clarke, which is fine if you have as strong a plot as he did in, for example, "Rendezvous with Rama," but I did not find the struggle to build the space elevator sufficiently interesting in and of itself to satisfy me.


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