Rama Revealed (Rama Series #4)

Rama Revealed (Rama Series #4)

by Arthur C. Clarke, Gentry Lee

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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: 121,701
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.82(h) x 1.38(d)

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 Revealed (Rama Series #4) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 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.
RobertDay on LibraryThing 7 months ago
My earlier comments on 'Rama II' apply here; once again, despite the extreme length and tediousness of this novel, I found myself identifying with the characters, much to my surprise. Indeed, towards the end of the book, when the main protagonist knows she will face her inevitable death on the morrow, and her handicapped son asks her to 'tuck me up in bed once more, the way you did when I was a child', I wept for the awful sense of impending loss in that exchange, and that is why I shall defend this book.But not too strongly. It is a shaggy God story; we are promised revelations and none arrive; and the journey to get to this point has been so very, very long.
JonathanGorman on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Eh. The first book of the series was nice, short and sweet and left me wanting more. The second book (Rama II) had some really interesting characters and settings. However, Gardens of Rama and this book both felt long and fell short of expectations. There were some interesting parts, but it felt like it was rushed and not edited heavily enough. There also were a number of loose threads that just never really felt explained. (Was the orange Avian a clone? Did the octospiders already collect them? Why were there humans in the zoo? Which was the species in danger of extinction (Humans? Sessiles?) The occurrences on the colonies also felt like a bit of a forced morality play.Enough compelling stuff that I kept reading, but I'm not really sure why. Some good characters, some boring ones. A nice feel of the main character getting older and older, which reminded me a bit of some older classics like Les Misérables.I'd probably had liked this book more if I had been younger perhaps.
alv on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Interesting sci-fi scenery. Slow, artificial, too american-happy-family dialogues, too sentimental also. Too much religious crap at the end.
Karlstar on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I loved Rendevous With Rama, and this one is good, but not as good. The giant alien spaceship with its human tag along passengers is still going somewhere, for some reason. The passengers try to figure out how to get along with the aliens aboard, and how to relate to the giant spaceship/world. Still exciting and interesting.
cbradley on LibraryThing 7 months ago
How do you ruin a great idea? Find another author, destroy the original idea, turn it into a social commentary that seems completely out of place, and wrap all these things into two novels. This is what the end to the Rama series seems like. What started as a great and wonderfully original idea, turned into something that was at best comically bad and at worst a disgrace to the wonderful name of Arthur Clarke. Rama Revealed was the nail in the coffin of the once great Rendezvous with Rama. I can still read Rendezvous with the same joy that I did originally, but I know that in the end there is no wonderful sequel, just these three stories that seem lost and out of place.
kp9949 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I've read all the books in this series. For a hardcore sci-fi fan, this is a must read; however, it certainly is not a great book in my opinion. Too wordy; too too scientific. I did a lot of scanning. I'm more of a dialog reader; I get bored easily with long explanations. But the premise is excellent and interesting. The whole "Rama" series is a must.
TheCrow2 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
In the final book of the Clarke/Lee Rama Sage we finally know what's the plan behind the Rama, the Node, who are the masterminds behind it all... Too much religious crap indeed on the final pages IMHO and it's not worthy of the name and work of Clarke, but the whole story's interesting and exciting to read once...
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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.