Rama II (Rama Series #2)

Rama II (Rama Series #2)

by Arthur C. Clarke, Gentry Lee

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“This is a space trip that no reader will want to miss.”—Playboy

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553286588
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/1990
Series: Rama Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 236,536
Product dimensions: 4.15(w) x 6.86(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 970L (what's this?)

About the Author

Arthur C. Clarke has long been considered the greatest science fiction writer of all time and was an international treasure in many other ways, including the fact that an article by him in 1945 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.

Date of Birth:

December 16, 1917

Date of Death:

March 19, 2008

Place of Birth:

Minehead, Somerset, England

Place of Death:

Sri Lanka


1948, King's College, London, first-class honors in Physics and Mathematics

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Rama II (Rama Series #2) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
TheCrow2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sequel to the now classic Rendezvous with Rama.... well, Rama II in my opinion is not a bad book but never'll be a classic like its predecessor. There's too little originality and uniqueness in it to be. The story itself is far away from bad, it"s an interesting and exciting saga of a new expedition to the Rama II ship which seems to show a little more interest in the direction of humans and Earth....
michaeleconomy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
not as good as the first one. I liked the plot, but there was way too much character development and i don't think it really helped me appreaciate the characters anymore, they all seem pathetic and whiny. The begining and end of the book were ok, but the middle really drags on forever. I keep thinking "if i have to read one more stupid flash back!"That said, i do still want to read the next one, mainly cause i already bought it, but i do want to see what happens. But i'll have to read something a little more fun in between.
RobertDay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a book that surprised me. I had read the reviews and listened to the opinions of others, and avoided this sharecropped sequel like many other sf fans of quality and discernment. Then, three or four years after publication, I found the US paperback remaindered in a shop here in the UK. I had a pound burning a hole in my pocket (for that was the price, I think) and I thought "Why not? Let's see how bad it really is."I was in for a surprise. About a quarter of the way into the book, the author (whichever one it was) killed off someone who I thought was going to be a major character. And I was upset and shocked! I had begun to care about the characters!This happened later on as well, well into the third sequel. I'll reserve major comments for my review of that book. All I'll say here is that this is not a book to be written off without thought.
cbradley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nowhere near as good as Rendezvous with Rama, nowhere near as bad as the books that came after this one. Rama 2 follows a team sent to study the second Rama spacecraft that enter the solar system. The first time this happened we explored the ship and learned almost nothing. This time around we actually learn something about the Raman¿s while still leaving quite a bit clouded in mystery. Rama 2 has more action, more well-rounded characters, and more revelations. Rama 2 loses the intrigue in its predecessor. One of the best things about Rendezvous with Rama was that it had nothing to do with humanity, we were just randomly in the way of this gigantic spaceship. This book takes that away, making Rama specifically about humanity, something the later novels will explore in detail. Not as good as the original, but not as bad as it will get.
sdobie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this soon after it came out and enjoyed it well enough as a basic science fiction story. It borrows the setting of the original Rama novel but otherwise has a completely different style and tone. The book was obviously written by Gentry Lee with little if any contribution by Clarke. The series declines much further in the next volume.
wonnie71 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rama II is the second novel I picked up to read in English, I required a lot of courage to do this because of its size. But it was worth it - it was so good that I was very much engrossed during about 4 week's period while I was reading. My speed of reading was very slow because my English was not good at that time, frequently checking my dictionary for new vocabularies appearing in the book. I was very touched by the main character's (Nocole) courage and intelligence, awed by the alien technologies, and deeply satisfied by my growing understanding of the story and the book. This book gave me enough confidence in my English reading that the next book I picked was 1,000-paged book by Stephen King called 'It'.
jeffjardine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you have read 'Rendezvous with Rama' and are left wanting more, please savour that feeling and do not read this book. It is bad and it will diminish the quality of the original novel in your memory.
idanush on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
iIf there's one thing I learend from Clake's "series" is that the first book or two are always brilliant and then someone co-authors the rest of the books and they become filler mishmash that isn't only a bad read but somehow manages to diminish the original work.Rama II is a perfect example. The original Rama is a well written book of a mysterious object that passes through Earth's local space. It had all the elements to make the story gripping. It was artificial, huge, and it suprisingly could support human life.The entire mission of getting there and discovering it was thrilling, interesting and somewhat plausible. Clarke did a great job sticking to the important elements and not being all over the place.Rama II on the other hand was a filler that was trying to answer the bigger questions like why it was here and where does it go to and is it a manifestation of god. As with most books who try to dwell into this kind of revelations, the truth falls short and is not as intriguing as not actually knowing.If you read Rama and loved it, stop there. Don't waste your time on this book
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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.