Rendezvous With Rama

Rendezvous With Rama

Book - 1990
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Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards * "[Arthur] Clarke is quite 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

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, incredible, 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 awaits--just behind a Raman airlock door.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1990, c1973.
Edition: Bantam ed.
ISBN: 9780553287899
Branch Call Number: SCI FI Clarke Arthur
Characteristics: 243 p. ;,18 cm.


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Stunning, mysterious, rather quiet but very effective story about a massive ship that enters our solar system, revealing some secrets but keeping others.

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Sep 08, 2018

Best Sci fi book ever, could not put it down,

Aug 08, 2017

A timeless classic of First Contact. Read this when it first came out and enjoyed it then, rereading it 20+ years later has not reduced the excellence of the writing one little bit.

Nov 20, 2014

Clarke is never going to be known for his complicated, fascinating characters, but his plots are always compelling, imaginative, and unsettling.

Oct 29, 2013

Suspenseful throughout. I expected something BIG to happen at the end, but I was disappointed. I will read the sequel.

Feb 26, 2012

After reading this I'm not surprised to learn that this won at least 6 book awards. It's a classic, at least if you ask me.
Until humanity actually builds something like "Rama" or something like that pays us a visit for real, this book is like one of those timeless hits that just about anyone can pick up and enjoy.
From the first distant sighting of this bizarre visitor to our Sun, this cylindrical wonder is a mystery. It's soaked with mystery and more mystery saturated with mysterious and sometimes eerie mysteriousness and suspense. Did I mention the mystery?
This had me hooked beginning to end, wanting to know who (or what) the heck built this thing and what it might do next, and what'll happen to the intrepid explorers inside!

Aug 18, 2011

416. Rendezvous with Rama (Sequel: Rama II) ---- by Arthur C. Clarke c - 1990. ---- With the Rama story line without a doubt: they must be read in order. ---- I found the tale very reveling of Arthur C. Clarke's talent. With a tale so massive what an art to keep it all bound together. ---- Enjoy!, but don't hurry through the book. ---- RichardPaul ----

Anarchy_Bunny Sep 08, 2009

This is a great idea and concept hampered by really awful dialogue and characterizations (Clarke's kryptonite, really) and an ending that says, "But wait...there's more!" Really, quite surprising it won a Nebula.


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