Rama II (Rama Series #2)

Rama II (Rama Series #2)

by Arthur C. Clarke, Gentry Lee

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Rama II (Rama Series #2) by Arthur C. Clarke, Gentry Lee

“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: 245,093
Product dimensions: 4.15(w) x 6.86(h) x 1.04(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) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
idanush on LibraryThing 7 days 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.
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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.
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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.
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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