Rendezvous with Rama (Rama Series #1)

Rendezvous with Rama (Rama Series #1)

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Overview

Rendezvous with Rama (Rama Series #1) by Arthur C. Clarke, Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer

At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence. It will kindle their wildest dreams... and fan their darkest fears. For no one knows who the Ramans are or why they have come. And now the moment of rendezvous awaits—just behind a Raman airlock door.

'Mr. Clarke is splendid....We experience that chilling touch of the alien, the not-quite-knowable, that distinguishes SF at its most technically imaginative.'—The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423394990
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 11/15/2009
Series: Rama Series , #1
Edition description: Library Edition
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.10(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

Education:

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

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Rendezvous with Rama (Rama Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Rama series shows how truly exceptional Clarke is. This is one of the most thought provoking and enjoyable reads I have experienced. The story kept me on the edge of my seat and if it had not been the middle of the night, I wouldn't have slept at all because I would have ran out and bought the next one immediately. This is a must read for anyone who even remotely enjoys sci/fi.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would highly recommend the 4 Book Rama Series to everyone. Having read this series more than 20 years ago, I am rereading for the 3rd time. Science fiction at its best. As far as I'm concerned, this series is the best Mr. Clarke has ever written.
catburglar More than 1 year ago
Dry. A sterile, hard science fiction story with no obvious character arcs, little human element, and little conflict or excitement. Still, on the other hand, the technically accurate account of a hypothetical encounter with alien technology is interesting and reminiscent of the works of Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rendezvous With Rama is by far one of the greatest Si-Fi Books I've ever read. I've never have read a book written by Author C. Clarke before, but after reading this book I definitely know that I'm going to read several more of his works. The plot of this story is that in the distant future humans has expanded their reach across the solar system. One day, out of nowhere, a mysterious Space craft is discovered traveling towards our solar system. Mankind has sent a lone spaceship out to meet this strange ship, and explore what's inside. The idea of how humanity would react to a unknown spacecraft arriving in our solar system raised several key questions that may need to be asked by humans in the future. Would we destroy this ship before it got near us, or would we try to board it? Also seeing how humans would attempted to find explanations about a completely unknown civilization also presented some interesting question as well. Most of the story displays how the Endeavor crew explores this strange alien world. The descriptions Arthur used to help visualize the interior of Rama was a very enjoyable experience. I definitely loved the development of Commander Norton as he's faced with several moral challenged not faced by mankind before. There were several moments where Norton would need to make a difficult decision in a very limited amount of time, and reading about how Norton solved these problems was exciting. While I enjoyed most of the story there were a few problems I had with the book. For starters, besides Norton, the characters were very bland and straight forward. This isn't a huge problem since most of these characters only tend to only have one job in the story, but I would have enjoyed some development to happen to a few characters. There were also several moments in the book where the plot sort of stopped and then pick right back up with a plot twist and then shrink right back down again. While I'm fine with some slow points in a story, I start to become bored when it happens more than once. My final issue with the book is that it confused with how sudden some problems arose. There were a few moments where a had to look back a couple of pages to make sure I understood everything. Despite my complaints, I overall enjoyed this book. It was not only fun to read, but it was also insightful as well, and will keep the reader wanting more. I greatly recommend it to anyone who is a Si-Fi fan or is just looking for a fun book to read.
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JGolomb More than 1 year ago
Arthur C. Clarke's "Rendezvous with Rama" reads like a cross between his classic "2001: A Space Odyssey" and Jules Vernes' "Jouney to the Centre of the Earth". Mix some speculative science with the exploration of new worlds, and biological first-contact; toss in a sprinkle of mystery, and you have a solid, if not a bit flat, "Rendezvous with Rama". A massive object cruises into our Solar System, aiming generally toward the Sun. A space-faring mankind must deal with its examination, and face a future that will never be the same. Clarke deals with a range of his typical themes including xenophobia, politics at a solar system-level, religion that looks beyond terra firma, and humanity's first contact with extraterrestrials. The story is solid, the writing is clean. But in typical Clarke fashion, the characters a one-dimensional. 
coppertitan More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. I absolutely fell in love. A very intriguing story told in an excellent way. I felt like I was was there with the characters, living over one hundred years in the future and experiencing the adventure first hand. I didn't want to bring the book back to the library. A definite buy for all sci-fi fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all 4 books of this series. well written characters and an interesting storyline. by far my favorite scifi series. i recommend these books highly! i just wish they were released for nook.
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This by far equals in value to that of the Foundation series. I would also step out and say it is better than that of the foundation series. Any SCI-FI beginner should utilize this series as your first attempt to the addiction that is known as the future.
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