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A space probe confirms the unthinkable Rama is no natural object It is incredibly an interstellar spacecraft Space explorers and planet bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien. Rendezvous with Rama Arthur C ClarkeRendezvous with Rama is a science fiction novel by British writer Arthur C Clarke first published in 1973 Set in the 2130 s the story involves a 50 kilometre 31 mile cylindrical alien starship that enters the Solar System The story is told from the point of view of a group of human explorers who intercept the ship in an attempt to unlock its mysteries The novel won both the Hugo and Nebula awards upon its release and is regarded as one of the cornerstones in Clarke s bibliography The concept was later extended with several seuels 1995 1371 1374 268 964554825 2 1375 494 9645548276 2 350

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Intelligence It will kindle their wildest dreams and fan their darkest fears For no one knows who the Ramans are or why they have come And now the moment of rendezvous awaits just behind a Raman airlock doo. Rendezvous With Rama starts off where lesser books would climax To begin with parts of Italy are wiped out by an asteroid leading to the creation of the Spaceguard system for detecting future asteroids well in advance of collision so that preventative measures can be taken Along comes another huge object initially mistaken for another asteroid but as it draws nearer turns out to be a ginormous spaceship with no apparent mean of propulsion The ship is given the named Rama and the crew of Earth s survey ship Endeavour land on it and enter to investigateThis is the father of the popular Big Dumb Object sci fi trope which features humongous alien artifacts befuddling humanity when they are discovered or unexpectedly show up I just reread this book immediately after finishing another BDO classic Gateway by Frederik Pohl Gateway totally confounded my expectation because while it features a BDO the focus of the book is on the impact of this object on the life of the protagonist Being confounded in this case is not too unpleasant as Gateway is a good though provoking read However it still left me with a hankering for some BDO adventure and Rendezvous With Rama provided this in spades This book really is what it says on the tin and if you are in the market for some jaw dropping sense of wonder this is the one to pick upArthur C Clarke was a stupendous writer of sf unlike a lot of scientist sf authors he could write with excellent transparency and clarity of vision He is particularly brilliant at describing the minutiae of space voyages just the simple act of walking up and down stairs in near zero gravity can become a vivid and fascinating adventure in his stories Certainly with Rama Clarke gets a lot of millage from the cylindrical shape of Rama the gravitational and centrifugal effects the weather the visual impact of the north and south poles the sea as a cylindrical band etc My favourite Rama art by Jim BurnsThat said it is worth noting that this is a novel of exploration not essentially a pulse pounding action adventure on a dangerous planet although there is an element of that also The emphasis is on the sense of wonder than sense of danger There are many vividly imagined scenes in this book so clearly described that if you do an image search for Rendezvous With Rama on on Google you will find uite a few excellent artworks inspired by this book a similar search on Youtube will also yield uite a few fan made videos this short student film is my favroriteAs usual Clarke did not write with literary flourishes and characterization was clearly not a priority for him I find the central characters of this book almost interchangeable in their blandness However I am not sure this is a weakness of Clarke s writing because his books are generally not very long and by not allocating many pages on developing the characters he is able to do a lot of world building describing the minutiae and implications of his settings and a spring a few surprises on his readers from his plotting I feel that Rendezvous With Rama complements Phol s Gateway very nicely one is about the BDO the other is about the psychological impact of a BDO I recommend reading both Another view of Rama don t know who it s by sorry

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At first only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama It is huge weighing than ten trillion tons And it is hurtling through the solar system at an inconceivable speed Then. It s odd to think that this book was published 40 years ago I don t know why that strikes me as strange but it does It s tempting for me to call this book Traditional Science Fiction Or Classic Science Fiction or something along those lines But what I really mean to say is that this is a story where the science is one of the central aspects of the story The basic premise of the story is In the future humanity finds a alien spacecraft and investigates it A lot of the joy of exploration comes from the theory of how a spaceship might really work in terms of physics How could you generate gravity on a spaceship How would it travel What would the aliens be like What would the purpose of these various pieces of the ships be Such as for example a large body of water or featureless buildings on an islandIt s an interesting story but probably mostly interesting for people interested in the genuine science of interstellarinterplanetary travelFor example if you enjoyed The Martian you have a good chance of liking this book But be warned the pacing is much different than The Martian It s not First Person It s not conversational It s not painfully technical but it was written in a different ageOf particular interest to me was the fact that many of the smaller plot arcs of the books were very short By which I mean to say that when a problem arises in the story the resolution comes very soon afterwards That limits the tension of the story somewhat as you don t have time to get too worried over anything before it s fixed Lastly it s important to note that this book ends with many uestions unanswered But the good news is that there are two books in the series that will explore those uestions further and I trust Clarke to pay me off with good answers by the end of the seriesLater edit I read the seuel and I have to retract my previous statement The follow up book severely damaged my opinion of this book to the point where I don t know if I would reccomend it any So if you were considering reading this book based on my review you might want to read this first in order to get the whole story


10 thoughts on “Rendezvous with Rama

  1. says:

    It's odd to think that this book was published 40 years ago I don't know why that strikes me as strange but it does It's tempting for me to call this book Traditional Science Fiction Or Classic Science Fiction or something along those lines But what I really mean to say is that this is a story where the science is one of the central aspects of the story The basic premise of the story is In the future humanity f

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    I've been trying to read classic sci fi and my experience has been very hit and miss so far But this was a very interesting take on the whole first contact with aliensI do wish there was a bit but it seems like I always do Nevertheless the ending was pretty satisfying would recommend

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    Mysterious and engaging classic science fictionI first read this back in high school we'll just say a LONG time ago Since then the concepts ideas and themes surrounding this archetypal work of science fiction have been a huge influence on works in this genre Clarke first published this Hugo and Nebula award winner in 1972 The first works that I think of that was influenced by RWR is John Varley's excellent Titan series f

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    Rendezvous with Rama Arthur C ClarkeRendezvous with Rama is a science fiction novel by British writer Arthur C Clarke first published in 1973 Set in the 2130's the story involves a 50 kilometre 31 mile cylindrical alien starship that enters th

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    An enormous alien structure enters our solar system and a team is dispatched to explore it before it drifts away and is lost forever What will humanity discover after its Rendezvous with Rama?Years ago I decided I needed to read hard science fiction Then I read Ringworld and was so uninterested that I uit my h

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    We the humanity see uite a lot of comets and meteors flying around So in the future fairly distant nobody cared much about yet another

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    There was just enough detail to go with the all the mystery behind the alien ship hurtling through the solar system to make Arthur C Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama an engaging and thought provoking read Other than a spaceflight to intercept and explore the huge Raman spacecraft there’s very little action in this novel and unfortunately very little character development I do think there is a sense of wonder

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    Rendezvous With Rama starts off where lesser books would climax To begin with parts of Italy are wiped out by an

  10. says:

    If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewWorkmanlike Prose Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C ClarkeAh yes Rama I actually read this with a torch under the blankets in an intense all nighter back i

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