Harcourt Brace, 1979, 245 pages
Vannemar Morgan's dream is to link Earth to the stars with the greatest engineering feat of all time: a 24,000-mile-high space elevator. But first he must solve a million technical, political, and economic problems while allaying the wrath of God. For the only possible site on the planet for Morgans Orbital Tower is the monastery atop the Sacred Mountain of Sri Kanda.
Clarke's love of Sri Lanka and hard SF.
Also by Arthur C. Clarke: My review of Rendezvous with Rama.
My complete list of book reviews.