The Fountains of Paradise
Arthur C. Clarke
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In the 22nd century visionary scientist Vannevar Morgan conceives the most grandiose engineering project of all time, and one which will revolutionize the future of humankind of space: a Space Elevator, 36,000 kilometres high, anchored to an equatorial island in the Indian Ocean.
Winner of the Hugo Award for best novel, 1980
Winner of the Nebula Award for best novel, 1979