Rama Revealed (Rama Series #4)

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On its mysterious voyage through interstellar space, a massive alien starship carries its human passengers to the end of a generations-long odyssey. But the great experiment designed by the Ramans has failed, and Rama III has become a battleground. Fleeing a tyrant, a band of humans ventures into the nether regions of the ship, where they encounter an emerald-doomed lair ruled by the fabulously advanced octospiders. As the octospiders lure the humans deeper into their domain, the humans must decide whether the ...

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Overview

On its mysterious voyage through interstellar space, a massive alien starship carries its human passengers to the end of a generations-long odyssey. But the great experiment designed by the Ramans has failed, and Rama III has become a battleground. Fleeing a tyrant, a band of humans ventures into the nether regions of the ship, where they encounter an emerald-doomed lair ruled by the fabulously advanced octospiders. As the octospiders lure the humans deeper into their domain, the humans must decide whether the creatures are their allies of enemies. All the while, Rama III continues its inexplorable journey towards the node, where the climax of their voyage awaits the stunning revelation of the true identity of the beings behind this glittering trek across the cosmos.

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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Editorial Reviews

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: 9780553569476
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Series: Rama Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprinted Edition
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 193,618
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur C. Clarke
Arthur C. Clarke has long been considered the greatest science fiction writer of all time. He was an international treasure in many other ways, including the fact that a 1945 article by him led to the invention of satellite technology. Books by Clarke -- both fiction and nonfiction -- have sold more than one hundred million copies worldwide. He died in 2008.

Biography

Widely considered the greatest science fiction writer of all time, Arthur C. Clarke turned his formidable technical knowledge and lively creative imagination into an amazing career that spanned the fields of literature, invention, futurology, and entertainment.

Born in 1917 in the seaside town of Minehad in Somerset, England, Clarke developed an early interest in both science and its literary sister, speculative science fiction. After secondary school he moved to London and joined the British Interplanetary Society, where he contributed articles to the Society's bulletin. During WWII, he joined the RAF, working in the experimental trials of Ground Controlled Approach Radar, the forerunner of today's air traffic control systems. (This experience inspired his only non-science fiction novel, 1963's Glide Path.) In a technical paper written in 1945 for the UK periodical Wireless World, he set out the principles of satellite communication that would lead to the global satellite systems in use today.

After WWII, he attended King's College, London, on scholarship and received first class honors in Physics and Mathematics. He sold his first sci-fi story to Astounding Science Fiction magazine in May of 1946. From that point on, he never stopped writing. Some of his more notable works include Childhood's End, Rendezvous with Rama, and The Fountains of Paradise.

In 1964, Clarke was approached by film auteur Stanley Kubrick to collaborate on a science fiction movie script. The material chosen for adaptation was Clarke's 1948 short story "The Sentinel," an eerie tale about the discovery of an extraterrestrial artifact. Over the next four years, he expanded the story into a full-length novel, while simultaneously writing the screenplay with Kubrick. In 1968, both versions of 2001: A Space Odyssey debuted to great acclaim. Clarke also worked in television -- as a consultant during the CBS news coverage of the Apollo 12 and 15 space missions and as creator of two distinguished series, "Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World" and "Arthur C. Clarke's World of Strange Powers."

In 1954, Clarke visited Sri Lanka (then called Ceylon). He fell in love with the country and settled there in 1956, founding a guided diving service and continuing to produce his astonishing books and articles. On March 19, 2008, he died in Sri Lanka at the age of 90, leaving behind an impressive literary legacy and millions of bereft fans.

Good To Know

Clarke shared an Oscar nomination with Stanley Kubrick for the screenplay of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Clarke was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998.

In 1986, the Science Fiction Writers of America bestowed on Clarke the title of Grand Master.

At home in Sri Lanka, Clarke survived the deadly Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004 that caused the deaths of more than a quarter million people.

Clarke was an expert scuba diver and in 1956 founded a guided diving service in Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon.

In Profiles of the Future (1962), Clarke set forth his "Three Laws," provocative observations on science, science fiction, and society:

  • "When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong."
  • "The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible."
  • "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
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      1. Date of Birth:
        December 16, 1917
      2. Place of Birth:
        Minehead, Somerset, England
      1. Date of Death:
        March 19, 2008
      2. Place of Death:
        Sri Lanka
      1. Education:
        1948, King's College, London, first-class honors in Physics and Mathematics

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    • Posted July 23, 2009

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      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.

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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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