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Author: Arthur C. Clarke
Title: The Fountains Paradise
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc.
Copyright: Jan 1979
Edition: First edition / First printing.
***During the years 1973 to 1983, HBJ did not use the "A" but used "First edition/BCDE" to designate a first printing.
Nomination: 1979 BSFA Best Novel
Win: 1980 Hugo Best Novel
3rd: 1980 Locus Best SF Novel
Win: 1980 Nebula Novel
Set in the 22nd century, it describes the construction of a space elevator. This "orbital tower" is a giant structure rising from the ground and linking with a satellite in geostationary orbit at the height of approximately 36,000 kilometers (approx. 22,300 miles). Such a structure would be used to raise payloads to orbit without having to use rockets, making it much more cost effective.