Rendezvous With Rama

Rendezvous With Rama

eBook - 1973
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Random House, Inc.
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, incredible, 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.

Rosetta Books

An enormous cylindrical object appears in Earth's solar system, hurtling toward the sun. A ship is sent to explore the mysterious craft-which the denizens of the solar system name Rama-and what they find is intriguing evidence of a civilization far more advanced than ours. They find an interior stretching over 50 kilometers; a forbidding cylindrical sea; mysterious and inaccessible buildings; and strange machine-animal hybrids, or "biots," that inhabit the ship. But what they don't find is an alien presence. So who-and where-are the Ramans?

Often listed as one of Clarke's finest novels, Rendezvous With Rama has won both the Hugo and the Nebula Awards. A fast-paced and compelling story of an enigmatic encounter with alien technology, Rendezvous With Rama offers both answers and unsolved mysteries that continue to fascinate readers decades after its first publication.

Baker & Taylor
During the twenty-second century, a space probe's investigation of a mysterious, cylindrical asteroid brings man into contact with an extra-galactic civilization

Publisher: New York, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, [1973]
ISBN: 9780795325755
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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IndyPL_MikeH Nov 07, 2018

Probably my favorite SF title. I have read it three times over the years. As I like to say about the book, nothing happens and does it so well.

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Jun 16, 2019

Written with real imagination that mostly survives the test of the decades that have passed since it was written. One wonders about that comet that passed through the solar system a year or so ago and was about the same shape! Not that we could do much about it.

IndyPL_MikeH Nov 07, 2018

Probably my favorite SF title. I have read it three times over the years. As I like to say about the book, nothing happens and does it so well.

Sep 08, 2018

Best Sci fi book ever, could not put it down,

Aug 08, 2017

A timeless classic of First Contact. Read this when it first came out and enjoyed it then, rereading it 20+ years later has not reduced the excellence of the writing one little bit.

Nov 20, 2014

Clarke is never going to be known for his complicated, fascinating characters, but his plots are always compelling, imaginative, and unsettling.

Oct 29, 2013

Suspenseful throughout. I expected something BIG to happen at the end, but I was disappointed. I will read the sequel.

Feb 26, 2012

After reading this I'm not surprised to learn that this won at least 6 book awards. It's a classic, at least if you ask me.
Until humanity actually builds something like "Rama" or something like that pays us a visit for real, this book is like one of those timeless hits that just about anyone can pick up and enjoy.
From the first distant sighting of this bizarre visitor to our Sun, this cylindrical wonder is a mystery. It's soaked with mystery and more mystery saturated with mysterious and sometimes eerie mysteriousness and suspense. Did I mention the mystery?
This had me hooked beginning to end, wanting to know who (or what) the heck built this thing and what it might do next, and what'll happen to the intrepid explorers inside!

Aug 18, 2011

416. Rendezvous with Rama (Sequel: Rama II) ---- by Arthur C. Clarke c - 1990. ---- With the Rama story line without a doubt: they must be read in order. ---- I found the tale very reveling of Arthur C. Clarke's talent. With a tale so massive what an art to keep it all bound together. ---- Enjoy!, but don't hurry through the book. ---- RichardPaul ----

Sep 08, 2009

This is a great idea and concept hampered by really awful dialogue and characterizations (Clarke's kryptonite, really) and an ending that says, "But wait...there's more!" Really, quite surprising it won a Nebula.


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