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Rama II by Arthur C. Clarke

Rama II (1989)

by Arthur C. Clarke, Gentry Lee

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Series: Rama Universe (2)

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A crew of Earth's best and brightest minds has a deadly encounter in the enormous alien spacecraft Rama II.

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Not as strong as the first novel in this series... too much melodrama between cardboard characters. ( )
  keithostertag | Sep 30, 2019 |
If you liked Rendezvous with Rama, skip this unless you're the world's biggest fan of Gentry Lee. An almost completely unrelated book, this is filled with third-grade soap opera and constant, petty digressions from Clarke's fascinating ideas.

Clarke is not the world's greatest writer and the first Rama book was stilted and nerdy, but it was also ripe with enthusiasm and seriously awe-inspiring ideas. The addition of B-movie drama here doesn't deepen, humanize, or in any way improve Rama; it just cheapens it. ( )
  mrgan | Oct 30, 2017 |
One of the best SF books that I read this year. Clarke, with Lee's input, writes a well rounded story. His early works were good but this is one of his best. It really provides a mix of hard SF and interesting characters.

My criteria for rating a book has much to do with holding my attention. For this book I always wanted to get back to it until the end. Is it a perfect book? No, the ending is a little weak and unfinished. There were missed opportunities for some bad characters to be discovered for whom they were.

This sequel to "Rendezvous With Rama", gives us more clues about the alien ships that are passing near our Sun. Great read. ( )
  ikeman100 | Sep 20, 2017 |
Less science, more fiction than Rendezvous with Rama, and weaker for it. Clarke diminishes when he writes of people matters. It could be the Gentry Lee influence, but I've been disappointed when Clarke writes these type stories. I did read this when it came out but it was not memorable. Not to spoil, but I thought the character psychologies and interactions were implausible given the nature of the mission, even when culturally extrapolated 150 years in the future.

Though I am less enthralled with his later works, I still plan to read at least the next two as I work through Clarke this year. ( )
  Razinha | May 23, 2017 |
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  ronchan | Nov 14, 2016 |
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Clarke, Arthur C.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lee, Gentrymain authorall editionsconfirmed
Aronica, Barbara CohenDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Swendsen, PaulCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The great radar pulse generator Excalibur, powered by nuclear explosions, had been out of service for almost half a century. It had been designed and developed in the frantic effort during the months following the transit of Rama through the solar system.
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Humanity has a second date with destiny...

Rendezvous with Rama is hailed not only as one of Arthur C. Clarke's all-time bestselling novels, but as one of the most popular classics of modern science-fiction. Published in 1973, it is the only sf novel ever to scoop all he major awards - five in the English language, including the Hugo, the Nebula and the British SF Award. It told of how, in the year 2130, a mysterious and apparently untenanted alien spaceship, Rama, entered our solar system. By the end of the novel, many wonders had been uncovered but few of its mysteries had been solved...

Now, the Ramans return - in an enthralling and long-awaited sequel as brilliantly imaginative as its predecessor. RAMA II is set in 2200, four years after a second approaching spacecraft has been detected. But this time Earth is ready...

And now, with the arrival of Rama II, some of the questions posed by Rama may at last be answered.

Arthur C. Clarke is one of the truly prophetic figures of the space age...The colossus of science fiction - New Yorker
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