Rendezvous with Rama
At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is an... show more
At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence. It will kindle their wildest dreams... and fan their darkest fears. For no one knows who the Ramans are or why they have come. And now the moment of rendezvous awaitsjust behind a Raman airlock door. 'Mr. Clarke is splendid....We experience that chilling touch of the alien, the not-quite-knowable, that distinguishes SF at its most technically imaginative.'The New York Times
Publish date: November 1st 2009
Publisher: Brilliance Corporation
Edition language: English
Series: Rama (#1)
Ah, yes. Rama. I actually read this with a torch under the blankets in an intense all-nighter back in the day. What I like about this book in retrospect is its complete lack of compromise as a work of SF. Characters? Who the frack needs 'em. Themes? Bah, pointless! All SF needs to be is an unbroken,...
I read this book a long time ago and remembered it fondly so I decided to re-read it. I enjoyed it just as much, if not more, this time around. I haven't read the following 2 books, but I can't wait.
I just love a story about the archetypical exploration journey. Dante, [book:House of Leaves|24800], [book:The Night Land|970602]- even exploring dungeons in an RPG. The ending hints there might be a sequel - I must investigate further. Clark is good at leaving the reader with a sense of mystery, ...
“And so 31/439 was christened Rama”. A genre classic which begins almost off-hand with Clarke’s famous “Spaceguard” suggestion for a system to protect against catastrophic asteroid collisions, a programme that a cursory view of the YouTube footage of the 2013 Chelyabinsk meteorite will demonstrate i...
Has this ever happened to you?I read a book called Sphere by Michael Crichton several years ago, which although marred with silliness had some spooky atmospherics to gird its overall impact. Now having read Rendezous with Rama, I find out that Crichton stole all of my favorite elements of that novel...