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Rendezvous With Rama (1973)

by Arthur C. Clarke

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Series: Rama Universe (1)

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An enormous cylindrical object appears in Earth's solar system, hurtling toward the sun. A ship is sent to explore the mysterious craft-which the denizens of the solar system name Rama-and what they find is intriguing evidence of a civilization far more advanced than ours. They find an interior stretching over 50 kilometers; a forbidding cylindrical sea; mysterious and inaccessible buildings; and strange machine-animal hybrids, or "biots," that inhabit the ship. But what they don't find is an alien presence. So who-and where-are the Ramans? Often listed as one of Clarke's finest novels, Rendezvous With Rama has won both the Hugo and the Nebula Awards. A fast-paced and compelling story of an enigmatic encounter with alien technology, Rendezvous With Rama offers both answers and unsolved mysteries that continue to fascinate readers decades after its first publication.… (more)
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After the Earth has been ravaged by meteorites, leading to a loss of cities, wealth, and knowledge, humans became determined to prevent more disasters. Turning their energies from fighting each other, to unity in the goal. By 2130, asteroids were easily discovered and their statistical movements calculated. But then a mysterious asteroid was discovered, to be a lone wanderer from outside the solar system. The asteroid was named Rama. Although initially rejected an unimportant, turned out to be very important. When images of Rama were taken, Rama was accepted as no mere asteroid, but a massive spaceship. For information gathering, the ship Endeavour was selected, with its Commander Norton. They need to find out the purpose of Rama. This is a space adventure full of decisional uncertainty. An adventure with plenty of planetary politics.

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The book takes a while to build the suspense, which contain repetitive activities. What the activities do is create a consistent story, and explain decisional minutia. Details that explain the complexity and sometimes monotony of the type of exploration they are undergoing. ( )
  Eugene_Kernes | Jun 4, 2024 |
A solidly scientific hard science fiction novel about humanity’s first evidence that we’re not alone in the universe. In the future when humans have terraformed and made themselves at home on many of the planets and moons of the solar system, what at first is thought to be a new asteroid, given the name Rama instead of just a numeric designation due to its size and increasing proximity, turns out to be cylindrical and clearly artificial in origin. The nearest space craft is dispatched to investigate. The crew has only a few weeks before Rama approaches too close to the Sun for them to remain aboard. They find evidence of an intergalactic civilization, but the ship at first appears to be lifeless. This gives Clarke the opportunity to think through the situation in a fairly realistic way: How would a ship approach and land on a rapidly rotating cylinder? Once inside, what happens when the cylinder begins to heat up from interstellar frigidity to near-solar temperatures? How would an advanced civilization plan for and deal with intergalactic exploration? How would humans traverse a several-kilometers-long rotating cylinder with near-Earth gravity on the inside surface and zero gravity along the central axis? How would human civilization in general react to the situation? Frankly, we don’t see any of society-at-large’s reaction, just that of the ambassadors to the United Planets and that of the crew, and those reactions are calmer, more level-headed, and more rational than I’d expect would really be the case. But Clarke isn’t interested in human psychology; he’s more interested in the gee-whiz coolness of speculating about how we could approach such a situation from a technological perspective. And in that, he achieves what he set out to accomplish. ( )
  Charon07 | May 24, 2024 |
Plot isn’t really a thing, but big weird object is cool and beautifully described. ( )
  Amateria66 | May 24, 2024 |
In the distant future something is coming towards us in space, and we're not sure what it is. I can't list any annoyances without spoiling it, so I'll just leave it as an enjoyable kind-of-airport novel that goes through the paces. I hear they are either making a movie or tv show out of it. It will be interesting to see what liberties they'll take with the story line.

I give it 3 "big object in space" books out of 5 "big object in space" books. ( )
  umbet | May 21, 2024 |
mmmmm Rama. I think this was the first sci-fi book I've ever read (and I've probably still only read a dozen or so). Rama is a great mystery of a novel. Arthur C. Clarke sets up a futuristic world born out of terrible global tragedies, and uses this political set-up to explore an alien ship that approaches the Earth at a breakneck pace.

I won't spoil anything here, but suffice it to say that nothing is as expected, and - while the book is marvellous as a kind of literary meditation on cultural differences, and timeless qualities of humanity - it most definitely leaves you wanting more. Surprisingly, Clarke hadn't really envisioned a sequel when he wrote it. Unsurprisingly, three would come to pass. Each of these would be a lesser novel than the one that came before, but they comprise a definite trilogy so I'd recommend either stopping after this book, or reading the whole series. ( )
  therebelprince | Apr 21, 2024 |
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กลุ่มอ…Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Castellano, Peter M.Back cover photographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
de Merlo, AuroraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
della Frattina, BeataTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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An enormous cylindrical object appears in Earth's solar system, hurtling toward the sun. A ship is sent to explore the mysterious craft-which the denizens of the solar system name Rama-and what they find is intriguing evidence of a civilization far more advanced than ours. They find an interior stretching over 50 kilometers; a forbidding cylindrical sea; mysterious and inaccessible buildings; and strange machine-animal hybrids, or "biots," that inhabit the ship. But what they don't find is an alien presence. So who-and where-are the Ramans? Often listed as one of Clarke's finest novels, Rendezvous With Rama has won both the Hugo and the Nebula Awards. A fast-paced and compelling story of an enigmatic encounter with alien technology, Rendezvous With Rama offers both answers and unsolved mysteries that continue to fascinate readers decades after its first publication.

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An unknown space probe
flies through Earth's solar system;
What is inside it?
(sullijo)
A strange ship appears
Intrepid crew goes aboard
It goes on its way
- GS

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