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In the long-awaited conclusion to one of the most heralded science fiction series ever, Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee reveal the ultimate Raman plan for humanity. The Hugo and Nebula award-winning Rendezvous with Rama, the bestselling Rama II, and The Garden of Rama were only the prelude to this stunning conclusion to an epic journey. On its mysterious voyage through interstellar space, a massive, alien starship carries its passengers to the end of a generations-long odyssey. For the great experiment conceived by the Ramans has failed. Rama III, with its carefully designed Earth habitat, as well as environments to house other intelligent species, has become a battleground. Instead of creating a utopia, the human contingent has brought forth a tyrant who seeks to conquer the other sectors of the vast Raman ark. Cosmonaut Nicole des Jardins, a lone voice for reason who is now jailed and awaiting execution, is aided in a daring escape by two tiny robots. On New York Island, the dark, brood deserted city in the midst of Rama III's cylindrical sea, Nicole is reunited with her long-lost husband, Richard Wakefield, whom she'd given up for dead. Joined by their children and other rebels from the Earth sector, Nicole and Richard enter New York's labyrinthine underground aboard a ghostly subway hoping to find the ship's secret inner workings. What they find instead is the emerald-domed lair of the technologically advanced species that rules this fabulous subraman world: the octospiders. These arachnidlike creatures are luring Nicole and the rebels into their domain, but the Earth group is divided as to whether the octospiders are allies or enemies - and anxious to discover the fate of two of their group abducted by the enigmatic aliens. Yet even as this drama unfolds, Rama III continues its inexorable course to its final destination: the Node. To some, the Node is a vast engineering station; to others, it is a place of wonder and miracles. From here a powerful force ha

The long-awaited, New York Times bestselling conclusion to the epic Rama series. A massive starship of alien origin arrives at the end of its generations-long journey, at which time its human passengers confront a sinister evil, and discover the identity of their hosts--the Ramans--and their ultimate plan for humanity.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This final volume of the Rama tetralogy chronicles the end of the spaceship's intergalactic odyssey; a five-week PW bestseller. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Rama Revealed marks the fourth and final volume of the popular sf series begun with Rendezvous with Rama (1973). After a long interstellar voyage, an alien spacecraft and its human passengers arrive at their destination. On sale date: the week of January 31.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553095364
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/1994
  • Series: Rama Series , #4
  • Pages: 480

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  • Posted July 23, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    EXCELLENT

    Arthur C. Clarke in my opinion is by far the greatest science fiction
    writer to date. I loved the Rama series and his 2001, 2010, 2061, 3001
    and the Time's eye epic series. I hope someday they make rama and the
    final novels of 2061, 3001 into a movie in which they should use actors
    unknown to make them more real.

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  • Posted October 25, 2008

    You really know a book is good if you feel like something is missing from your life after you finish reading it.

    Sorry this review seems a little hectic, there's a lot to say.<BR/>This review is entirely serious, I am not exaggerating anything. <BR/>The Rama books are the best books I have ever read, and I read a lot. I read the Rama books in a month, about 2000 pages, and loved all 2000 of them. Great character development, new ideas, intriguing plot, and so much attention to detail that you feel like you are watching a movie more than reading a book. <BR/>Many of Clarke's novels express a wide philosophical idea using technology of the future, but lack character development. I think, but have no way of proving it, that Gentry Lee is to be credited to the amazing character development. <BR/>When reading the book, I really felt like I was on the Raman Spacecraft hurtling to the stars, and for the month I spent reading it, it was like a second life to me. When I finished it, I was actually disappointed in my own life because it seemed so insignificant to the life I was living in the book. After reading the last line, I just sat and stared at the wall for an hour thinking about the book. You really know a book is good if you feel like something is missing from your life after you finish reading it. I couldn't read anything else for two months after finishing it because everything seemed so inferior to Rama. <BR/> Apart from the first in the series using a different set of characters, it seemed like a continuous storyline, so I really don't think one book in the series is better than any other, but Rama Revealed certainly puts a fantastic end to it. A common criticism of the book is that the character development is actually TOO long. I disagree because it's not as if the plot stops for large sections to develop the characters more thoroughly. The story goes on, and you learn more and more about characters from the events that occur. <BR/>Rama has influenced my life for the better. While you may not enjoy it quite as much as I did, it is a must-read for anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2003

    Such a Disappointment!

    I LOVED the first three books in the Rama series and was really looking forward to reading this one. But it leaves so much unanswered, and it is a real struggle to read through all the techno garble. I thought this book extrememly slow and unended.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2006

    Not bad, not bad at all

    I must admit I was wondering where the series was going to wind up. To be honest, there were times I wanted to throw 'Rama 2' and 'The Garden of Rama' against the wall and scream because of the aggravating, unending character development. But, I'm glad I kept going. Clarke takes insights into the nature of humanity and pits them against some very bizarre alien species, then throws in the sovereignty of the Ramans as a third wheel. All this is told through the eyes of one admirable cosmonaut, caught up in a very convoluted unraveling of fate. The end brought tears to my eyes because there is so much each of us has no control over, but we do what we can and in the end we do our best to understand it all... and that's where we find our happiness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2003

    A Book To Make You Think...

    A wonderful conclusion to an amazing series. Clarke brings up many details about the conflict between good and evil, the mob of humankind, and that how we perceive our existence may be completely different from that of other beings. He does a great job putting all the pieces of the puzzle together. Truly mind-boggling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2003

    Thought provoking sci fi book

    I have read all of the books in the Rama series and found them all very satisfying. Cosmonaut des Jardines is a heroine of strength and conviction. The faith she has in her fellow humans is shattered as they seek to manipulate their environment to the detriment of the other species. The Rama world is elaborately detailed. The advanced beings who control this giant ship and the other tenants of this worldlet are very mysterious and provide a stark contrast to the power hungry humans. Their outlook on the origins and future of the universe is vastly different than our own. The interplay and eventual conflict between these groups makes for enjoyable reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2003

    The most perfect series which have been written since now

    My language is not English.But I have read a lot of Mr.clarcks stories which has been translated to my language.I belieive that Mr.clarck has a powerful mind.he always creates masterpieces.Who can write something like Oddyssey series(of course 3001 is not good.I think it should not being written), Childrens End,The Earth Empire....But Rama series is something different.It is strangely perfect.Everything is in its place.It is full of amazing advantures.As the other stories which are written by Mr.Clarck,the begining is boring,but necessary to show the materials and important backgrounds.After a while suddenly it takes off (perfectly like a plane)and moves us to places we can not imagine even in dreams.When you are in trembling of fear, shocked about the events and want to know what would happen suddenly it finishes and leaves you alone in the empty place among the stars! When you read Mr.Clracks stories and specially Rama series you feel deeply how vast the world is and how tiny and week we are.Mr.Clarck shows the existance of life out of the Earth very well.He almost shows the battle between good people and bad poeple in an artifical manner.In the other word he mades a philosiphy about the humankinds. I can not wrtite more.At last I should say Mr.Clarck is the greatest and best science fiction writers who have ever lived.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2002

    An end to a superb series

    By far a book that makes you think. Think about everything, life, god, where humans are going, etc. I could not put this book down once I started it. I have never felt emotions like this before for characters or a story in a book, before this. The love that Richard and Nicole share are as true to life as their problems they experience. Beside wondering about the characters and the fate of all the aliens, one must wonder why we are all here. This book will continue to make me think about life, realtionships, emtions, love, and who is out there with us. I encourage all to read this book and be amazed by the story it tells. The only sad part about the whole Rama series, is that it is over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2002

    Dreadful!

    One of the worst books I ever struggled through. Unfortunately, I bought it for reading on an airplane. I was trapped. So poorly written it is agonizing. The ending is boring.

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