Rendezvous with Rama

Arthur C. Clarke
science fiction > hard science fiction
Rendezvous with Rama (Rama #1) - Arthur C. Clarke7.80

Hugo Award 1974, Nebula Award 1973, Campbell Memorial Award 1974, Locus Award 1974.

First published in 1973, when it won every sf award in sight, Rendezvous with Rama awes readers with the spectacle of humanity's first contact with an alien civilization - a seemingly dead spacecraft whose scope and scale boggle the imagination.

In 2130, the Mars-based radars set up to track asteroids discovered something new. The object came from beyond Pluto - a gigantic, geometrically perfect cylinder that had been voyaging the void for a least 200,000 years. The long-feared, long-hoped-for alien encounter had finally come, but the opportunity wouldn't last long, for Rama was on a fast one-way trip round the sun.

The job of exploring the intruder when to Commander William Norton, whose cautious, unflappable demeanor attested to his long experience in space. Yet ever he wasn't prepared for Rama's overwhelming size. Thirty miles long and twelve miles wide, its seamless, windowless hull offered no clues to the mystery inside. When he entered its vast interior, Norton's sense of wonder and anticipation mixed with fear. For clinging to Rama's walls was a self-contained world - cities, valleys, lifeforms, seas - with not a soul at home.

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Rama :: Series

Rendezvous with Rama (Rama #1)7.80
Rama II (Rama #2)6.98
The Garden of Rama (Rama #3)6.76
Rama Revealed (Rama #4)6.34

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4/10 |
May 01, 2012
As exiting as reading a research paper!(well, to speak to the truth, I've read more exiting research papers) I was hoping to read a story of space adventure and experience a good plot, but I was searching it from the wrong place. This book isn't ...