The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Classic Clarke; this novel is a great exemplar of his careful, reasoned style. The novel intertwines two stories; the first that of a king long dead and his obsession with his mountain paradise, and the second a modern story of a man who wanted to build a tower to the heavens. Highly recommended; this is also a great place to learn about space elevators. Select an invention:

1D Diamond Crystal - might be a carbon fullerene molecule

CORA - Coronary Alarm



Operation Cleanup - remove orbital debris the brute force way

Orbiting Factories

Personal Interest Profile (PIP) - invention of Google Alerts

Space Elevator (Orbital Tower) - best novel reference

Spider Space Elevator Test Vehicle - test the cables

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in the News

Otto Self-Driving Truck Kit Delivers Budweiser Beer
re: Poul Anderson

Airnest Drone Flight Logging Tool
re: Jack Williamson

Untethered Drone Gets Wireless Power
re: Robert Heinlein

ESA Plans Akon Projectile To Europa ala Jules Verne
re: Jules Verne

Transparent OLED TV By Panasonic
re: HG Wells

Shape-Memory Metal Transforms Millions Of Times
re: Samuel R. Delany

Advertising Drones Hover Over Traffic In Mexico
re: Jeff Noon

How Can Amazon Patent A Voice-Controlled Drone?
re: Karen Traviss

'North Sense' Wearable Piercing From Cyborg Nest
re: Samuel R. Delany

proCover Smart Sock Prosthetic Limb Enhancement
re: Roger Zelazny

Robots And AIs Will Replace Humans At 7 Percent Of U.S. Jobs
re: Robert Heinlein

Human Doctors Still Better Than Computers
re: Larry Niven

FEDOR Humanoid Robot To Join Russians In Space
re: Various

BMW Self-Balancing Motorcycle - Never Put Feet On Road
re: Bruce Sterling

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