Rama II (Rama Series #2)

Rama II (Rama Series #2)

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by Arthur C. Clarke
     
 

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Years ago, the enormous, enigmatic alien spacecraft called Rama sailed through our solar system as mind-boggling proof that life existed — or had existed — elsewhere in the universe. Now, at the dawn of the twenty-third century, another ship is discovered hurtling toward us. A crew of Earth's best and brightest minds is assembled to rendezvous

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Years ago, the enormous, enigmatic alien spacecraft called Rama sailed through our solar system as mind-boggling proof that life existed — or had existed — elsewhere in the universe. Now, at the dawn of the twenty-third century, another ship is discovered hurtling toward us. A crew of Earth's best and brightest minds is assembled to rendezvous with the massive vessel. They are armed with everything we know about Raman technology and culture. But nothing can prepare them for what they are about to encounter on board Rama II: cosmic secrets that are startling, sensational — and perhaps even deadly.

"Offers one surprise after another." — The New York Times.

"A masterpiece ... one of the year's best hard SF epics." — The Houston Post

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In 1973, Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama won the Hugo, Nebula and Campbell awards. This new novel is the second in a trilogy about the mystifying world-ships and their flybys of our solar system. Unfortunately, the focus is no longer on alien mysteries, but on the petty concerns of an unlikely assortment of cosmonauts. The 12 specialists chosen to explore a second Raman craft passing through human space 70 years after the first are more involved with adultery, religion and media contracts than they are with scientific advancement. Not only are their actions unrealistic, but the chapter titles telegraph what comes next. The excitement of discovery that was present in the first book is altogether missing from this soap opera plot. (Nov.)
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"Offers one surprise after  another." — The New York  Times.

"A masterpiece ... one of the  year's best hard SF epics." — The  Houston Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780575077225
Publisher:
Gardners Books
Publication date:
01/12/2006
Series:
Rama Series, #2

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Rama II (Rama Series #2) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
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This book is the second in a series about a second huge alien, unpopulated spaceship (Rama II) that is wending its way through our solar system (and then out again)and then is investigated by a much smaller spaceship of humans. The first book, Rendez-vous with Rama, was an excellent space adventure thriller by Clarke. The second book, Rama II, was written with a co-author Gentry Lee, and was more a socio-psychological study of the crew with very little adventure or science fiction involved. I haven't read Rama III or Rama IV but I wouldn't waste my money on them after reading Rama II.
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This book is a little 'not there'. There is so much explanation of the inside of Rama that it takes a lot of time and imagination to try to make it out and keep it in perspective. However, Nicole des Jardins does play the pivitol role in the next two books. I read this book quite some time ago and just went back to reread some of it to better understand The Garden of Rama. The Garden of Rama is fantastic - I can't say enough about it. The imagination that went into it is nothing I have ever read before. I have just started Rama Revealed so I can't comment on that yet. But keep going and read at least Garden of Rama - you won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's tough to follow up a novel like the original 'Rama'. Arthur C. Clarke does so very well, although there are setbacks in annoying characters and lengthy character development that takes up most of the pages. On the bright side, we are introduced to Nicole des Jardins, who becomes the pivotal figure in the later books. She is Clarke's most respectable hero/heroine, in my opinion. This book is a necessary staple in the Rama series and sets the stage for the next two.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This as just a terrible book. It had a few good moments, but overall is poorly written. As a long time fan of Clarke's work I was surprised and dismayed. The story and character development is rather haphazard. Rama is more a backdrop in this book for socialogical drivel. The story focuses on several things that never really culminate. Plot points are developed to an unnecessary degree and then just abandoned with no resolution. I think at this point I am done with this series judging by the reviews of the remaining books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Clark, Arthur C. Rama 2. New York: Bantam, 1980. ¿Rama 2¿ is about an alien space craft that enters our solar system. At first everyone thinks that it is an asteroid but they find that it is so symmetrically perfect that it can¿t be. Earth sends astronauts, scientists and, mathematicians to explore this alien craft. When they explore the craft, they find that it is actually an uninhabited world. ¿Rama 2¿ is well-written. It keeps readers attention throughout the story. Clark uses big descriptive words through out the book which in turn makes for a good action-packed book. The words carry a lot of meaning and this makes it less boring to read. This book is one of four in the Rama series and it makes you want to read the rest of the series. Clark does a very good job in making this series because each book is long but full of action.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Warning! This book was written mostly by Gentry Lee, with only a few good bits here and there by good old ACC. You will find very little of the awe and wonder of the original book here. What you will find is page after mind-numbing page of 'character developement'. Minute details of dreams certain characters had as children, dishwater-dull dinner parties, long drawn out phylosophical discussions, and endless petty bickering among the crew of the new exploration party. In the first Rama book, ACC showed us the fantastic world of the alien vessle. In this book Gentry Lee shows us that despite his excelent hard-science background, he isn't really interested in science fiction, but would rather write political commentaries. If you liked Gentry Lee's first colaboration with ACC, 'Cradle', you should love this book. If you are looking for the magic we all expect of Arthur C. Clarke, leave this one on the shelf.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book that gave me the chills in many places. One of the best books I've read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can I say about Rama II, well this is very nice book. If U are a scifi lover, then U must read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great work to read