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Rendezvous with Rama At first only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama It is huge weighing than ten trillion tons And it is hurtling through the solar system at an inconceivable speed Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable Rama is no natural object It is incredibly 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

  • Paperback
  • 243 pages
  • Rendezvous with Rama
  • Arthur C. Clarke
  • English
  • 05 March 2016
  • 9781857231588

About the Author: Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur Charles Clarke was one of the most important and influential figures in 20th century science fiction He spent the first half of his life in England where he served in World War Two as a radar operator before emigrating to Ceylon in 1956 He is best known for the novel and movie 2001 A Space Odyssey which he co created with the assistance of Stanley KubrickClarke was a graduate of King



10 thoughts on “Rendezvous with Rama

  1. Patrick Patrick says:

    It's odd to think that this book was published 40 years ago I don't know why that strikes me as strange but it does It's tempting for me to call this book Traditional Science Fiction Or Classic Science Fiction or something along those lines But what I really mean to say is that this is a story where the science is one of the central aspects of the story The basic premise of the story is In the future humanity finds a alien spacecraft and investigates it A lot of the joy of exploration comes from the theory of how a spaceship might really work in terms of physics How could you generate gravity on a spaceship? How would it travel? What would the aliens be like? What would the purpose of these various pieces of the ships be? Such as for example a large body of water or featureless buildings on an island?It's an interesting story but probably mostly interesting for people interested in the genuine science of interstellarinterplanetary travelFor example if you enjoyed The Martian you have a good chance of liking this book But be warned the pacing is much different than The Martian It's not First Person It's not conversational It's not painfully technical but it was written in a different ageOf particular interest to me was the fact that many of the smaller plot arcs of the books were very short By which I mean to say that when a problem arises in the story the resolution comes very soon afterwards That limits the tension of the story somewhat as you don't have time to get too worried over anything before it's fixed Lastly it's important to note that this book ends with many uestions unanswered But the good news is that there are two books in the series that will explore those uestions further and I trust Clarke to pay me off with good answers by the end of the seriesLater edit I read the seuel and I have to retract my previous statement The follow up book severely damaged my opinion of this book to the point where I don't know if I would reccomend it any So if you were considering reading this book based on my review you might want to read this first in order to get the whole story

  2. Emily (Books with Emily Fox) Emily (Books with Emily Fox) says:

    I've been trying to read classic sci fi and my experience has been very hit and miss so far But this was a very interesting take on the whole first contact with aliensI do wish there was a bit but it seems like I always do Nevertheless the ending was pretty satisfying would recommend

  3. Lyn Lyn says:

    Mysterious and engaging classic science fictionI first read this back in high school we'll just say a LONG time ago Since then the concepts ideas and themes surrounding this archetypal work of science fiction have been a huge influence on works in this genre Clarke first published this Hugo and Nebula award winner in 1972 The first works that I think of that was influenced by RWR is John Varley's excellent Titan series first coming out in 1979 His influence on Ridley Scott's Alien also released in 1979 is clear What Clarke did was to affirm that there are and remain mysteries that we will not get that there are some aspects of scientific research and observation that will remain over our heads2017 reread – I’m advancing my rating giving this a 5 star I recall liking it as a younger man but this is premier elite SF Clarke deservedly won the SF triple crown for this work – Hugo Nebula and John W Campbell – as well as a host of other awards including the Locus and British SF Association Award It’s that good It should be on a short list of best SF everClarke’s Rama has all of what’s best in a SF story future science intrepid explorers contact with aliens space rockets and mystery That last element is what wins here we know about the Ramans but not all about them by a long shot there is still much to know He has and we have vicariously through his story only just scratched the surface of knowledge and what is learned decades worth of knowledge according to Commander Norman only leads to uestionsExcellent Science Fiction of the highest order

  4. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Rendezvous with Rama Arthur C ClarkeRendezvous with Rama is a science fiction novel by British writer Arthur C Clarke first published in 1973 Set in the 2130's the story involves a 50 kilometre 31 mile cylindrical alien starship that enters the Solar System The story is told from the point of view of a group of human explorers who intercept the ship in an attempt to unlock its mysteries The novel won both the Hugo and Nebula awards upon its release and is regarded as one of the cornerstones in Clarke's bibliography The concept was later extended with several seuelsتاریخ نخستین خوانش در سال 1995 میلادیاین کتاب نخستین بار با ترجمه محمد قصاع در سال 1371 هجری خورشیدی در نشر افق نیز منتشر شده استعنوان میعاد با راما ؛ نویسنده آرتور سی کلارک؛ مترجم هرمز حبیبی اصفهانی؛ تهران نشر نقطه، 1374، در 268 ص، شابک ایکس 964554825ادامه این داستان با عنوان «راما 2» یا «ادامه میعاد با راما» با ترجمه ناصر بلیغ در نشر نقطه در سال 1375 در 494 ص به چاپ رسیده و به زیور طبع آراسته شده است شابک 9645548276؛کتابهای «میعاد با راما»، «راما 2»، «باغ راما» و «راز راما»، سری چهار جلدی از آثار «آرتور سی کلارک» هستند، مجموعه‌ ای بیهمتا که به روشنی، نمایانگر چیره‌ دستی «کلارک»، در آفرینش داستان‌های علمی تخیلی هستند «میعاد با راما»، در 350 صفحه است و آغاز این ماجراست ؛ «راما» سفینه‌ ای غول پیکر، و استوانه‌ ای شکل است، که با سرعت سرسام آوری، گرد محور خویش می‌چرخد ؛ از بیکران‌ها، گام در منظومه ی شمسی می‌نهد، و دانشمندان آن روزگاران را، انگشت به دهان می‌سازد ا شربیانی

  5. Cassy Cassy says:

    Ladies have you ever heard the advice that the you cover up the sexier you are? Forgo the plunging neckline for the small keyhole Let the boys use their imagination Hint but don’t show Clarke evidently had He dressed this book in a turtleneck elbow length gloves trousers work boots and one of those hats with ear flaps There is barely any flesh showing What does show is intriguing – a mysterious spaceship a beautiful flower an unknown destination buildings with no doors or windows living machines But the book stops the courtship at the flirting stage Nothing happens No answers No aliens massacring the human exploration team While this was a nice departure from books nowadays that reveal everything it was ultimately unsatisfying Clarke withheld too much for me to really enjoy the book

  6. Dan Schwent Dan Schwent says:

    An enormous alien structure enters our solar system and a team is dispatched to explore it before it drifts away and is lost forever What will humanity discover after its Rendezvous with Rama?Years ago I decided I needed to read hard science fiction Then I read Ringworld and was so uninterested that I uit my hard sf uest before it began Months ago a copy of Rendezvous with Rama fell into my clutches I decided to give it a try despite my fears that it would be another Ringworld a book where the concept far outweighs the story Well the concepts behind Rendezvous with Rama do outweigh the story but I found it far superior to Ringworld a much enjoyable reading experience As near as I can tell Rendezvous with Rama is the first Big Dumb Object or Megastructure if you prefer science fiction novel For that reason alone I'd say it's worth a read Hell that's why I read itThe characters are weak but I think that's actually an asset for a story like this My problem with Ringworld was that I didn't find any of the characters likeable and that overshadowed any sense of discovery I would have felt as they explored Ringworld In Rama the characters take a back seat to the Big Dumb Object from the first page Clarke's writing is workmanlike but does a surprisingly good job at conveying the wonder and majesty of Rama as the team explores it As things heat up the closer Rama gets to the sun see what I did there? the book really takes offWith today's special effects technology I think it would be fantastic if an adaptation was filmed like a faux documentary Like that Mermaid one National Geographic put out only not so cheeseyI liked it but I didn't love it There's not a lot of plot or character development Or action for that matter Now that I've read it I respect its place in the hard science fiction pantheon but the sense of wonder doesn't make up for its shortcomings so a three is as high as I can give it

  7. Evgeny Evgeny says:

    We the humanity see uite a lot of comets and meteors flying around So in the future fairly distant nobody cared much about yet another such visitor until astronomers realized it had an ideal cylindrical form At this point it did not take a genius to realize its artificial origin Luckily there was a spaceship nearby to catch up with the guest named Rama before it disappears into depths of space This is the story about the ship's crew exploring dead alien derelict and the reaction of the rest of the humans to their findings The real rating is not 5 stars by the way; it is only 45 The characters were uite flat and not exactly life like For this reason I understand why some readers did not like the book It is however not about people It is about incomprehensible wonders of alien technology just hasty brief glimpses of itThis sense of wonder present through the whole book and that is the reason for the high rating I can only recall one other science fiction book which has the same sense of alien wonders Roadside Picnic Red's Zone adventures to be exact Arthur C Clark does outstanding job between being descriptive but not overly so His descriptions are brief enough to never become boring yet they always give you good picture of what the explorers see This takes some real skill to accomplish Modern popular writers fall into two extremes when it comes to descriptions non stop absolutely unnecessary long ones George RR Martin or no descriptions whatsoever Steven Erikson My advice to both of these guys read this book and learn Read it one time and learn better Continue reading it until you are able to deliver an excellent tale in under 150 pages So if you are looking for great flawed characters look elsewhere Otherwise the story is really good and highly recommended The common wisdom is that the following books are much weaker Unlike this one they are written in collaboration with Gentry Lee and collaborations rarely work in my opinion Reading the descriptions of the book 2 and its reviews I became convinced that I am not interested to continue the series Fortunately first book works well as a standalone

  8. J.L. Sutton J.L. Sutton says:

    There was just enough detail to go with the all the mystery behind the alien ship hurtling through the solar system to make Arthur C Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama an engaging and thought provoking read Other than a spaceflight to intercept and explore the huge Raman spacecraft there’s very little action in this novel and unfortunately very little character development I do think there is a sense of wonder about the possibilities contained in the mysterious ship The book whets your appetite to get to the bottom of some of the mysteries contained on the Raman spacecraft and maybe even meet some actual Ramans but given that the ship has a limited amount of time in the solar system there are lots of unanswered uestions While Clarke doesn’t explain all the mysteries that’s also a strength of the novel We as readers supply some of our own answers about the possibilities This makes Rendezvous with Rama an engaging read 375 stars

  9. Apatt Apatt says:

    Rendezvous With Rama starts off where lesser books would climax To begin with parts of Italy are wiped out by an asteroid leading to the creation of the Spaceguard system for detecting future asteroids well in advance of collision so that preventative measures can be taken Along comes another huge object initially mistaken for another asteroid but as it draws nearer turns out to be a ginormous spaceship with no apparent mean of propulsion The ship is given the named Rama and the crew of Earth's survey ship Endeavour land on it and enter to investigateThis is the father of the popular Big Dumb Object sci fi trope which features humongous alien artifacts befuddling humanity when they are discovered or unexpectedly show up I just reread this book immediately after finishing another BDO classic Gateway by Frederik Pohl Gateway totally confounded my expectation because while it features a BDO the focus of the book is on the impact of this object on the life of the protagonist Being confounded in this case is not too unpleasant as Gateway is a good though provoking read However it still left me with a hankering for some BDO adventure and Rendezvous With Rama provided this in spades This book really is what it says on the tin and if you are in the market for some jaw dropping sense of wonder this is the one to pick upArthur C Clarke was a stupendous writer of sf unlike a lot of scientist sf authors he could write with excellent transparency and clarity of vision He is particularly brilliant at describing the minutiae of space voyages; just the simple act of walking up and down stairs in near zero gravity can become a vivid and fascinating adventure in his stories Certainly with Rama Clarke gets a lot of millage from the cylindrical shape of Rama the gravitational and centrifugal effects the weather the visual impact of the north and south poles the sea as a cylindrical band etc My favourite Rama art by Jim BurnsThat said it is worth noting that this is a novel of exploration not essentially a pulse pounding action adventure on a dangerous planet although there is an element of that also The emphasis is on the sense of wonder than sense of danger There are many vividly imagined scenes in this book so clearly described that if you do an image search for Rendezvous With Rama on on Google you will find uite a few excellent artworks inspired by this book a similar search on Youtube will also yield uite a few fan made videos this short student film is my favroriteAs usual Clarke did not write with literary flourishes and characterization was clearly not a priority for him I find the central characters of this book almost interchangeable in their blandness However I am not sure this is a weakness of Clarke's writing because his books are generally not very long and by not allocating many pages on developing the characters he is able to do a lot of world building describing the minutiae and implications of his settings and a spring a few surprises on his readers from his plotting I feel that Rendezvous With Rama complements Phol's Gateway very nicely one is about the BDO the other is about the psychological impact of a BDO I recommend reading both Another view of Rama don't know who it's by sorry

  10. Manuel Antão Manuel Antão says:

    If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewWorkmanlike Prose Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C ClarkeAh 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 brilliantly done description of an alien environment I'm glad things have moved on since but I'd still happily sit and read a book so single mindedly in its purpose like this one In any genre of literature you definitely have some people whose names tower above everyone else and their influence could not be denied However people who like literature don't just read the so called greats Clarke certainly wrote some seminal works of SF but he probably read many obscure works too some of which may have influenced him Readers don't just read the big name writers but have a much bigger interest in the genre A writer’s work only makes sense within a tradition and how it is situated along other people's work It is all interlinked and some of the smaller voices may be bigger than critics acknowledge For instance Clarke's influences aren't as well known but what he learned from them is part of his work so the voices remain powerful and readers eually value preceding works That doesn't mean that the big name writers don't deserve their place in history but as fan of literature I think sometimes the bigger contributions are made by lesser known writers I disagree with the assessment that Clarke left uestions unanswered; world building can get boring at the micro non plot related level This book was sensawunda in triplicate for the Ramans always did everything in threes How about those tripodal cleansing things that whirled about? I'm not disappointed that Clarke had no seuel; when you look at 2001 on the screen then read Clarke's rejected worlds you realise that Kubrick was right to end with the “Star Child”   If you're into SF read on

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