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Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke (1973)

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I loved this book. Whole Rama series were one of my favorites. Along with Assimov's Foundation and Herbert's Dune formed my favorite Sci-Fi series. ( )
  Aiw | Dec 6, 2014 |
An enjoyable tale of humans exploring an apparently lifeless spacecraft from outer space - Clarke draws many analogies with archaeology, and his vision of the potential of humanity and the inevitability of progress seems (sadly) a little dated now, but his imagination is undoubtedly impressive. ( )
1 vote bodachliath | Nov 4, 2014 |
Rendezvous with Rama is a near-future story about humanity encountering a seemingly derelict alien spaceship entering the solar system. While the diction is very straightforward and the conflict between characters is minimal, Clarke does a fantastic job of keeping the reader on the edge of his seat by slowly but methodically revealing the mysteries of the spacecraft dubbed "Rama". It's a lot of fun as a reader trying to, along with the characters, reverse engineer the oddities found within Rama to divine their functions--and everything seems to have a specific function. By the time the novel closes and Rama whisks itself out of the solar system, the reader has a lot of answers but also twice as many questions, but more importantly is left with a sense of wonder and awe. ( )
1 vote Phrim | Oct 29, 2014 |
An interesting book -- intriguing concept but very little in the way of character work. A quick read though and it sets up the scene for a wonderful sequel. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 22, 2014 |
Finally re-read after many (~15?) years. Holds up well and was even better than I remembered (updated to 4 stars from 3). ( )
  tlockney | Sep 7, 2014 |
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An unknown space probe
flies through Earth's solar system;
What is inside it?
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An all-time science fiction classic, Rendezvous with Rama is also one of Clarke's best novels--it won the Campbell, Hugo, Jupiter, and Nebula Awards. A huge, mysterious, cylindrical object appears in space, swooping in toward the sun. The citizens of the solar system send a ship to investigate before the enigmatic craft, called Rama, disappears. The astronauts given the task of exploring the hollow cylindrical ship are able to decipher some, but definitely not all, of the extraterrestrial vehicle's puzzles. From the ubiquitous trilateral symmetry of its structures to its cylindrical sea and machine-island, Rama's secrets are strange evidence of an advanced civilization. But who, and where, are the Ramans, and what do they want with humans? Perhaps the answer lies with the busily working biots, or the sealed-off buildings, or the inaccessible "southern" half of the enormous cylinder. Rama's unsolved mysteries are tantalizing indeed. Rendezvous with Rama is fast moving, fascinating, and a must-read for science fiction fans. Clarke collaborated with Gentry Lee in writing several Rama sequels, beginning with Rama II.

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Astronomers discover a huge, celestial object hurtling through space and after a space probe confirms that is not a natural object, send a space team to investigate.

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