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Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke (1973)


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What at first appears to be a new asteroid is detected approaching the sun. But it is soon revealed to be an alien artefact in the shape of a cylinder. A spaceship is sent to intercept and investigate. What they discover astounds everybody. But they also work out that the stranger is only passing through the solar system, which sets off a race to discover as much as possible about it before it goes. Arthur C. Clarke had a marvellous capacity to imagine new ideas and worlds and bring them to life in the reader's mind. This work is on a par with 2001: A Space Odyssey, and was a deserved winner of the Hugo and Nebula awards. ( )
  Bruce_McNair | Jun 13, 2015 |
This was a fairly decent story but not great. Perhaps knowing this novel was one of only three to be awarded the Hugo, the Nebula, and the John W Campbell awards made the expectation too high. At any rate, the book finished as average for me, which is about par for science fiction books. ( )
  jimocracy | Apr 18, 2015 |
This is a really interesting concept for a story, partly because the other life out in space comes to humans rather than the other way around. Also there's not an invasion like you might expect. A satisfying story despite the lack of conflict. ( )
1 vote SebastianHagelstein | Apr 7, 2015 |
I love stories about alien artifacts and Rendezvous with Rama is always heralded as one of the classics of that particular subgenre. The problem is that it is not a good book. There is basically no characterization and the utopian future Clarke describes feels so silly that it's painful to read. That these world-building parts feel forced in does not help.

I started the book with high expectations but was disappointed about 40 pages in. I felt no connection to any of the characters; mainly because there are none. They are just names that drive the story. So I gave up and read the summary on Wikipedia. If you are curious about this book, I suggest you skip it entirely and be content with the summary. ( )
  kenzen | Feb 23, 2015 |
An intruder to the solar system turns out to be a space ship from some far away civilization. A crew of explorers lands on it and find their way inside to find a cold, dark hollow space. As they get nearer to the sun Rama comes to life.

Arthur C. Clark has created a totally credible arc from some unknown place fully thought out to react to the heat of our sun and start to make a habitable space. But we don't find out for who in this book. I would love follow what promised to be further adventures with an unknown species but the reviews of Rama II don't sound promising. Alas. ( )
  mamzel | Feb 21, 2015 |
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An unknown space probe
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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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