Rama Revealed (Rama Series #4)

Rama Revealed (Rama Series #4)

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by Arthur C. Clarke, Gentry Lee
     
 

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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

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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 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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553569476
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1995
Series:
Rama Series , #4
Edition description:
Reprinted Edition
Pages:
624
Sales rank:
243,692
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.27(d)

Meet the Author

Sir Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008) was one of the supreme science fiction writers of the century and achieved vast popularity with 2001: A Space Odyssey, which extended into a series of four books & two short stories. Other notable works include his Rama series of novels and the Hugo Award-winning short story The Star. Clarke augmented his fame later on in the 1980s, from being the host of several television shows such as Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
December 16, 1917
Date of Death:
March 19, 2008
Place of Birth:
Minehead, Somerset, England
Place of Death:
Sri Lanka
Education:
1948, King's College, London, first-class honors in Physics and Mathematics

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Rama Revealed (Rama Series #4) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
ChemEngChemist More than 1 year ago
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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Stevey More than 1 year ago
Sorry this review seems a little hectic, there's a lot to say.
This review is entirely serious, I am not exaggerating anything.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.