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Rendezvous With Rama (S.F. Masterworks)


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Rendezvous With Rama (S.F. Masterworks) by Arthur C. Clarke

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"Classic Sc-Fi"
4 stars"
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This is classic Arthur C. Clarke writing classic sci-fi. Sci-fi that makes you think, that engages your imagination and doesn't rely on space battles and special effects! I love the optimistic view he had back in the 70's of how the human race would advance into space, and this book shows a glimpse into a future that could have been, if the human race wasn't so small minded. A classic that any sci-fi fan should own.

"Science Fiction Perfection"
5 stars"

Rendezvous with Rama is hard science fiction. In this there are no wars or gun battles. The story is about a massive alien ship that enters into our solar system and during the short time it is in our space a small team land on it and make their way inside. Once inside they set up camp and proceed to slow search inside the massive ship, documenting what they find and trying to discover how it works and why it was built. This book shows Sir Arthur C. Clarkes genius, here is a book that I guarantee you will not want to put down once you start reading it, and once you finish you'll want to relive it again.

I think I'll go reread it now actually.


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.


Hugo Award Winner 1974.
Locus Award Winner 1974.
Nebula Award Winner 1973.


"Only superlatives will do for Arthur Clarke's dazzlingly polished, wonderfully original exploration of a gigantic alien space ship that passes briefly through the solar system on its way to an unimaginable destination. Christened Rama by its human discoverers, the worldlet seems dead at first but comes remarkably and hazardously to life as a crew of earthmen probe its mysteries. When Rama leaves the solar system as precipitously as it arrived, more questions remain than have been answered, but the reader, like Rama's explorers, has seen wonders undreamt of in mere human philosophy. A perfect science fiction novel." (Kirkus Reviews)

Author Biography

Arthur C. Clarke was born in Minehead in 1917. During the Second World War he served as a radar instructor for the RAF, rising to the rank of flight-lieutenant. After the war, he entered King's college, London taking, in 1948, his Bsc in physics and mathematics with first class honours.One of the most respected of all science-fiction writers, he has won Kalinga Prize, the Aviation Space-Writers' Prize and the Westinghouse Science Writing Prize. He also shared an Oscar nomination with Stanley Kubrick for the screenplay of 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was based on his story, 'The Sentinel'. He has lived in Sri Lanka since 1956.
Release date NZ
April 13th, 2006
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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