The Fountains of Paradise
by Arthur C. Clarke (Published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich)
Winner, Best Novel in 1979
Renowned structural engineer Dr. Vannevar Morgan seeks to link Earth to the stars-through the construction of a space elevator connecting to an orbiting satellite 22,300 miles from the planet’s surface. The elevator would lift interstellar spaceships into orbit without the need of rockets to blast through the Earth’s atmosphere-making space travel easier and more cost-effective.