Rendezvous With Rama (Paperback)

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I think I may have already found my book of the year (2015) in Rendezvous With Rama. Its my first foray into the cannon of Arthur C. Clarke, but a great example of why he is considered one of “the big three” science fiction writers (Asimov and Heinlein being the other two). After a catastrophic event where a meteorite falls in North Eastern Italy the people of planet Earth create an early warning system to detect potentially hazardous deep space objects entering the solar system. In 2131 this system detects a grand object entering the solar system that through more study shows it to be a perfect cylinder indicating a possible first encounter with a non human species. Through the exploration by a research crew you learn about the curiosities inside this cylinder. I loved the science and thought Clarke put into this book, but more so how the human characters played over all supporting roles where the ship (dubbed Rama after the Hindu god) is the lead character. Akin to Lovecraft, Clarke does splendidly at giving you details but leaving plenty of room for your imagination to fill in the quixotic parts of encountering a new species.



Astronauts explore an alien spacecraft hurtling toward the sun in this Hugo and Nebula Award–winning novel —“a stone-cold classic” of hard sci-fi (The Guardian).

An enormous cylindrical object has entered Earth’s solar system on a collision course with the sun. A team of astronauts are sent to explore the mysterious craft, which the denizens of the solar system name Rama. What they find is astonishing evidence of a civilization far more advanced than ours. They find an interior stretching over fifty 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 won numerous awards, including the Hugo, the Nebula, the Jupiter, and the British Science Fiction Awards. A fast-paced and compelling story of an enigmatic encounter with alien technology, Rendezvous with Rama offers both answers and unsolved mysteries that will continue to fascinate readers for generations.

“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

About the Author

ARTHUR C. CLARKE, one of the most influential figures in twentieth-century science fiction, has written over fifty novels and cocreated the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Praise For…

"It was delightful to be presented with a scene to stagger the imagination and yet have it described so exactly and meticulously as to know you have been there." Isaac Asimov   "Arthur has done it againproved that the chief ingredient of superior science fiction is story." Frank Herbert   "Something for everybodypolitics, religion, and all kinds of science wrapped up in a taut mystery-suspense." Publisher's Weekly   "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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780358380221
ISBN-10: 0358380227
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: October 13th, 2020
Pages: 304
Language: English