Rendezvous With Rama

by Arthur C. Clarke | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 0553287893 Global Overview for this book
Registered by lane1088 of Charlotte, North Carolina USA on 7/13/2014
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Journal Entry 1 by lane1088 from Charlotte, North Carolina USA on Sunday, July 13, 2014
This was a great story with an interesting twist on how we examine a strange object in space. The characters were well developed and so normal with their expectations and dreams.

Journal Entry 2 by wingk00kaburrawing at San Jose, California USA on Monday, September 15, 2014
Might be keeping this one.

Journal Entry 3 by winginnaewing at Aurora, Colorado USA on Saturday, November 01, 2014
Came to me in Colorado travelling in the Sci Fi Bookbox

Going to let this one keep travelling!

Journal Entry 4 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Monday, March 02, 2015
I'm claiming this book from lane1088's SF/Fantasy bookbox. It's another classic SF novel that I somehow missed reading, so now's my chance!

Later: I enjoyed the book very much, though I hadn't realized how the "close encounter" would turn out - definitely a surprise, and one that I found quite refreshing. [Spoiler: The idea that the aliens have no interest in, and possibly no awareness of, humankind at all, is something I found enjoyable after so many "aliens trying to infiltrate/conquer/mate with/eat humans" stories {grin}.]

I liked the little touches about changing lifestyles in this version of the future - the ship's captain has two wives and two sets of children on different planets, all of them aware of and happy with the arrangement, and two of the male crew members are in a happy three-way relationship with a woman.

But those and a few other character-related bits are pretty rare; for the most part the story focuses on the exploration of the immense cylinder/starship known as "Rama", with emphasis on how such a structure might work, from its rotation-induced gravity to the interesting and complex movements of air and water. The crew were all "can-do" types, with one of them proposing his own risky ultra-light-plane reconnaissance (with one of the more dramatic sequences ensuing when things go badly for him). Very effective "exploration" story, with a nice kicker at the end!

[There's a short TV Tropes page on the novel.]

Journal Entry 5 by wingGoryDetailswing at Shell Station at Exit 4 in Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Thursday, March 12, 2015

Released 4 yrs ago (3/12/2015 UTC) at Shell Station at Exit 4 in Nashua, New Hampshire USA

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

I left this book, bagged against the wind and cold, at the Shell station at around 2; hope the finder enjoys it!

*** Released as part of the 2015 Oh the Places We Can Go challenge. ***

*** Released as part of the 2015 Keep Them Moving release challenge. ***

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