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The Fountains of Paradise: Arthur C Clarke's Forgotten Masterpiece of Hard Science Fiction

Arthur C. Clarke was a brilliant and prophetic writer.

His works of science fiction are among some of the best ever written.

Clarke was an atheist but wrote universalism into many of his science fiction plots.

His work is beautifully written and harkens back to the early days of the space race in how people predicted our future in space.

The Fountains of Paradise is an excellent read if you have never read any of Clarke's works.

Arthur C. Clarke

"An author of nearly 100 books, Arthur C. Clarke’s imagination and insight influenced modern science via works such as his classic '2001: A Space Odyssey.'

Arthur C. Clarke established himself as a preeminent science fiction and nonfiction writer during the mid-20th century. He wrote the novels Childhood’s End and 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was adapted into a film with Stanley Kubrick. Clarke authored nearly 100 books, and many of his ideas around science had links to future technological innovations. Clarke died on March 19, 2008, in Sri Lanka..." from the article: Arthur C. Clarke

The Fountains of Paradise: Arthur C Clarke's Forgotten Masterpiece of Hard Science Fiction

'It's Arthur C Clarke's greatest novel and a classic of "hard" science fiction. The Fountains of Paradise is a brilliantly realized story of humankind's ascent to the stars, not on rockets, but by building the first space elevator. Clarke predicted the discovery of carbon supermaterials with the "diamond hyperfilament" that is strong enough to stretch 36,000km from Earth to geosynchronous orbit. But it's not the science that makes Arthur C Clarke's novel so great. It's the symbolism. 00:00   The Fountains of Paradise 03:50   Science Fiction Q & A 06:49   The Forgotten Masterpiece of Arthur C Clarke 09:49   The Three Stages of Clarke's Career 14:07   Was Clarke a good writer? 17:04   The competent engineer 19:30   Hyperfilament 24:50   The Clark-o-verse of Low Orbit SF 27:04   Symbolism and the poetic beauty of hard SF 37:57   Could we...and should a space elevator? 43:51   The Wealth Transfer Frontier We Need " from the video introduction

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