- Mass Market Paperback
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004SJARCA
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,007 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,843,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rendezvous with Rama Mass Market Paperback – 1990
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I'm not sure what finally happened to it, but at any rate I've just recently gotten around to replacing it. And the story is still as great a read as it was when it was new. I can't claim to have read everything Clarke ever wrote, but this is certainly the best of his works that I _have_ read.
Other reviewers have pointed out, entirely correctly, that this isn't a book to read for character development. That's true of Clarke's books in general, I think, but it's especially apt here, where the 'star' of the book is an artifact of an alien civilization. In fact, even the 'star' doesn't get a lot of development, since in the end it remains deeply mysterious. (I don't know what happens in the sequels; I haven't read them and I haven't heard good things about them. I'm treating this as a standalone work.)
But man, if you want to read a gripping, haunting story about the first human exploration of a space probe (or something) from an extraterrestrial civilization -- and if you want to watch the exploration process unfold and feel as though you're participating in the discovery yourself -- then this is a book for you. This is what Clarke does best: when you read a story through his eyes, you're looking outward at the objects of scientific investigation, and helping yourself to a chunk of the intellectual wonder and joy that goes with such investigation.
The excitement here is the excitement of hard science, not of character development. If that's what you want, you'll probably love this book.
The story develops in a fairly slow pace, but it is full of suspense and mystery. The discoveries that the astronauts make are so fantastic and described with such lucid imagination that all I could feel while reading this book was anticipation and awe. Furthermore, the more the astronauts explore and discover the deeper the mysteries seem to grow. One thing I really like about Arthur C. Clarke is that his descriptions are scientifically plausible and still very imaginative. I highly recommend this Sci-Fi novel.
Arthur C. Clarke is my favorite Science Fiction author and Rendezvous with Rama is one of my favorites. It was a collection of short stories that included my all time favorite short story "The wall of darkness" that originally got me hooked on Arthur C. Clarke (review coming). Arthur C. Clarke will never be forgotten.
Rama is a worth while experience. Good Science Fiction is usually also about 'science', but if it is good, it is much about society, about history, usually in the future. The evil cliche term of the paradigm comes to practical use when you read good SF. (The word was invented by evil consultants who needed excuses for the havoc they caused.) SF is about changing paradigms. There is lots of that going on here.
In the 22nd century, the United Planets, which seem to be essentially Earth, Mercury and Mars (which are Earthling colonies) plus some moons are confronted with a scary phenomenon: a huge artificial space body travelling with high speed near the Earth. Luckily the initially silly Star Wars technology had later been developed to the advantage of peaceful purposes and helps arranging a 'rendezvous' with the alien craft, named Rama because the Roman and Greek mythologies have been exhausted in the process of naming space. The process of exploring the strange space body and of thinking through its implications is the actual plot.
Go for it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Waaay too many details about interior and how they did this and that... Not much of character development either, lots of attention to the innate object and not enough adventure on... Read morePublished 12 hours ago by Taty Z Dancer
I enjoyed this immensely. I think the end was something that you don't see much. Aliens view of man=indifference lol.Published 6 days ago by Matt Hurst
Clarke's Rendezvous With Rama is an essential "Must Read" for anyone interested in adventure, suspense, and science fiction. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Nate
Good classical science fiction. Quite intriguing story, great sense of scale of the alien world. Needed a more heightened climax; maybe that's the next book.Published 11 days ago by Paul Lund
Absolutely recommend. Thought-provoking and well-written. Always a new perspective when reading one of his books. Read morePublished 12 days ago by R. Fischer
While a good read, this is not on the same level as 2001 and some of his better novels.Published 28 days ago by Old and In the Way
A great, read certainly. The concept is so interesting and the story so well told I'm surprised there isn't a movie made around this - but soon enough I'm sure.Published 29 days ago by Nikolay Krylovskiy
No doubt it's a good book, I just don't have a good enough base for comparison. The detail Clarke uses is beautiful, it makes visualization so easy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kyle A. Hippchen