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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Science Fiction
in the News

Algorithm Predicts Marriage Success (HAL 9000 Will See You Now)
re: Philip K Dick

Denmark Island Earth (Verdenskortet ala Ringworld)
re: Larry Niven

Humai Startup To Implant Your Brain In Robot Body
re: Otis Adelbert Kline

Blue Origin Reusable Rocket's Vertical Landing
re: Various

X125 Snake-Arm Inspection Robot Video
re: HG Wells

Super-Thin Smart Glazing Displays
re: EC Tubb

Have Scientists Found A Parallel Universe Leaking Into Ours
re: Philip K Dick

Active Wellness Smart Car Seat
re: Philip K Dick

Tech Tats Prototype Sfnal Devices
re: Brian Aldiss

ANNABELL AI Can Learn English From Scratch
re: Robert Heinlein

Tesla Suit Gives Haptic Hugs
re: Frederik Pohl

Surgically Implantable Artificial Kidney Starts Testing
re: Philip K. Dick

Self-Filling Water Bottle Is Beetle-Based
re: Frank Herbert

Senate Passes Space Mining Legislation
re: Nat Schachner

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