I've removed the following three background notes:
The Soviet engineer Yuri Artsutanov proposed a "cosmic funicular" in 1960, adding the notion of geostationary satellites to an older Russian proposal.
UK physicist and science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke presented the idea to English readers in his 1979 novel The Fountains of Paradise.
Space elevators play a big part in Kim Stanley Robinson's 1993 – 1996 Mars trilogy.
All very interesting, but ultimetly not relevant-- Capricorn (talk) 18:29, May 15, 2015 (UTC)