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Rendezvous With Rama (1973)

by Arthur C. Clarke

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Series: Rama Universe (1)

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For use in schools and libraries only. During the twenty-second century, a space probe's investigation of a mysterious, cylindrical asteroid brings man into contact with an extra-galactic civilization.
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    Ringworld by Larry Niven (codeeater)
    codeeater: Another story about a mysterious alien artefact.
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    2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke (artturnerjr)
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    Eon by Greg Bear (santhony)
    santhony: The original, and still the best, of those science fiction tales centered upon huge, inter-stellar habitats.
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    Reach for Tomorrow by Arthur C. Clarke (6impossible)
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    The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven (BGP)
  6. 10
    Gateway by Frederik Pohl (sturlington)
    sturlington: Humans find alien spaceships.
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    Contact by Carl Sagan (5hrdrive)
    5hrdrive: First contact
  8. 10
    The Engines of God by Jack McDevitt (codeeater)
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    Ocean by Warren Ellis (Death_By_Papercut)
  10. 10
    Chindi by Jack McDevitt (bertilak)
  11. 45
    Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (Death_By_Papercut)
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    Rama II by Arthur C. Clarke (Death_By_Papercut)

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 TBR ChallengeThe RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA Discussion Thread53 unread / 53.Monkey., September 2014
 Group Reads - Sci-FiRendezvous with Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke13 unread / 13brightcopy, June 2012

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Good One.. ( )
  devendradave | Sep 1, 2020 |
This is one of those classics of science fiction that you would think I would have read by now. Well, I am hoping to get to it now. I found my copy really cheap in the second hand store. We'll see how it goes.

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It was not as riveting as I thought it would be. While the science is good, i.e. Clarke does pay attention to the science in the story, overall, the story itself moves very slowly. In a way, reading this book was like playing the game Myst, and I am not saying that as praise. That game is great visually, but that is about it: it's a puzzle that looks pretty, but in the end, remains a puzzle. This book is pretty much like looking into a puzzle, a mystery. In that sense, it immerses the reader. The environment of Rama is great. However, the plot itself is so slow that it lost me. It just plods along. Do A, then do B, then done and gone. On the one hand, I enjoyed discovering Rama, as much as we were allowed to see. But in the end, it left me with a feeling of "is that all there is?" So, not a bad book, but certainly not the big deal a lot of people seem to make out of it. I am glad I read it, for it had some interesting moments, but I will likely be skipping the sequels. ( )
  bloodravenlib | Aug 17, 2020 |
we are small ( )
  DrShitan | Jul 27, 2020 |
95% of this book was great. The ending was awful. Rama just flies away? .......really? Zero payoff for an incredible build up. ( )
  spaceman5000 | Jul 23, 2020 |
I wouldn't call this exactly a story with a conflict. It's much closer to a travelogue of a group of people's explorations through the interior of Science Fiction's greatest Big Dumb Object. ( )
  Count_Zero | Jul 7, 2020 |
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