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The fountains of Paradise

1st Ballantine Books ed.

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Published by Ballantine Books in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

This is a story about space elevators.

From Sources and Acknowledgements

The writer of historical fiction has a peculiar responsibility to his readers, especially when he is dealing with unfamiliar times and places. He should not distort facts or events when they are known; and when he invents them, as he is often compelled to do, it is his duty to indicate the dividing line between imagination and reality.

The writer of science fiction has the same responsibility, squared. I hope that these notes will not only discharge that obligation well but also add to the reader's enjoyment.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
I. THE PALACE 1
1 Kalidasa 2
2 The Engineer 8
3 The Fountains 16
4 Demon Rock 18
5 Through the Telescope 27
6 The Artist 32
7 The God-King's Palace 36
8 Malgara 45
9 Filament 47
10 The Ultimate Bridge 51
11 The Silent Princess 62
II. THE TEMPLE 69
12 Starglider 72
13 Shadow at Dawn 75
14 The Education of Starglider 82
15 Bodhidharma 86
16 Conversations with Starglider 92
17 Parakarma 97
18 The Golden Butterflies 104
19 By the Shores of Lake Saladin 106
20 The Bridge That Danced 113
21 Judgment 120
III. THE BELL 125
22 Apostate 126
23 Moondozer 129
24 The Finger of God 138
25 Orbital Roulette 140
26 The Night before Vesak 143
27 Ashoka Station 146
28 The First Lowering 151
29 Final Approach 157
30 The Legions of the King 162
31 Exodus 165
IV. THE TOWER 169
32 Space Express 170
33 CORA 176
34 Vertigo 179
35 Starglider Plus Eighty 189
36 The Cruel Sky 191
37 The Billion-Ton Diamond 198
V. ASCENSION 203
38 A Place of Silent Storms 204
39 The Wounded Sun 208
40 The End of the Line 214
41 Meteor 217
42 Death in Orbit 219
43 Fail-safe 221
44 A Cave in the Sky 225
45 The Man for the Job 232
46 Spider 236
47 Beyond the Aurora 244
48 Night at the Villa 250
49 A Bumpy Ride 254
50 The Falling Fireflies 258
51 On the Porch 260
52 The Other Passenger 264
53 Fade-out 269
54 Theory of Relativity 274
55 Hard Dock 277
56 View from the Balcony 283
57 The Last Dawn 287
Epilogue Kalidasa's Triumph 292
Sources and Acknowledgments 298

The Physical Object

Pagination xiii, 305 p. ;
Number of pages 305

ID Numbers

Open Library OL17993465M
Internet Archive fountainsofparadcla00clar
ISBN 10 0345253566
LC Control Number 78014072
OCLC/WorldCat 6349859
Library Thing 19069
Goodreads 1501780

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