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Rama: The Omnibus [Kindle Edition]

Arthur C. Clarke
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Book Description

At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that has arrived in the galaxy and has been dubbed Rama by the astronomers observing it. It is a huge cylindrical object, 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, incredibly, 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.

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From the author of 2001: A Space Odyssey comes The Rama story: one of the true classics of science fiction.

About the Author

Arthur C. Clarke was born in Minehead in 1917. During the Second World War he served as an RAF radar instructor, rising to the rank of Flight-Lieutenant. After the war he won a BSc in physics and mathematics with first class honours from King's College, London.One of the most respected of all science-fiction writers, he also won KALINGA PRIZE, THE AVIATION SPACE-WRITERS' PRIZE and THE WESTINGHOUSE SCIENCE WRITING PRIZE. He shared an OSCAR nomination with Stanley Kubrick for the screenplay of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, which was based on his story, 'The Sentinel'. He lived in Sri Lanka from 1956 until his death in 2008.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2396 KB
  • Print Length: 1344 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (17 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,202 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in Somerset in 1917, Arthur C. Clarke has written over sixty books, among which are the science fiction classics 2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood's End, The City and the Stars and Rendezvous With Rama. He has won all the most prestigious science fiction trophies, and shared an Oscar nomination with Stanley Kubrick for the screenplay of the film of 2001. He was knighted in 1998. He died in 2008 at his home in Sri Lanka.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paperback.. now Kindle 26 Nov. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is second time around for me, this time on the brilliant Kindle. ACC (and Gentry Lee) are right up there with my other favourite authors; Feist, Iain M Banks...

A few spelling mistakes in Rama. Brois [Boris]. Thank you Amazon for making the series available on Kindle!

UPDATE: After enjoying the Rama series a second time (this time on the Kindle) I am disappointed about the number of spelling mistakes, repeat paragraphs. Amazon need to sort this out when converting books. The fourth book is terrible for errors.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
The first is by far the best book and the collaboration of styles certainly makes a marked difference in the latter books. For instance, whereas the first book left an impression of the details of an alien landscape and a sense of awe at the mystery that unravelled, the co-authored books have an element of sexuality and religion within them which sets them a little uncomfortably apart. Having said that, and despite the differences in style, I was glad to see the rest of the series eventually unfold to give more details to this world. As a series they are well worth the read, despite what one reviewer here says.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vary Awesome Sci-Fi Series 26 Nov. 2011
By Traffic TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
At last the Rama series is available on the Kindle, and what a bonus; an omnibus of all four main titles (Rendezvous With Rama, Rama II, Garden Of Rama, Rama Revealed) for less than £10.

I loved this series when I first read it in paperback many moons ago. I was vary intrigued by the whole Rama world and where its inhabitants were going to end up when their journey first started. I found it to be one of the most visualising book series I had ever read to with so many interesting characters and objects. I loved the Myrmicats. >.<

Great conversion to Kindle. No typos that I have noticed so far.

Here is a review of the first book of the series:


This is an absolutely awesome story from the Master of the Sci-Fi genre. The storyline had me engrossed from the first page up to the last. There are so many unanswered questions with regards to Rama, its purpose and the wonders held within. I know these are answered in the subsequent books and I can't wait to get started on Rama II. I'm vary interested in finding out and also am staggered at how ACC thinks these things up.

True,real, engrossing Sci-Fi read.

For those of you considering getting the Kindle edition of the 4-part omnibus. It converts vary well to kindle. No proplems whatsoever.

I hope they make an omnibus edition of the 2001 series for the Kindle too.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The written word 13 Feb. 2012
By Triumph
Format:Kindle Edition
As a lifelong fan of Arthur C Clarke I looked forward to reading this omnibus edition. The story doesn't disappoint with the usual
digressions from pure Sci-Fi to geographical & historical fact, gives the characters more depth.

However.... The quality of the downloaded (Kindle) book leaves much to be desired. Without knowing exactly how the book is converted
to electronic content it's difficult to 'point the finger' but, if they have proof readers then I would point it firmly at them.

The book is full of spelling errors and inconsistancies, in one chapter alone for example there are several mentions of both
'pyjamas' and 'pajamas' (make your mind up please). The numeral 1 (one) is frequently used instead of the capital I. Some
sentences are repeated, sundry other spelling mistakes where odd characters are used instead of alphabetic ones.

I'm currently about 75% through the story, (and enjoying it), but the above do detract from the quality. I hope this is not
the standard I have to expect from other books I intend to purchase. The rating given is a reflection of the reproduced book and
not the story itself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unable to put it down despite it's many faults! 8 Aug. 2014
By Andrew
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The journey that these books take you on absolutely astounding. The ideas presented on both the Rama spacecraft and the alien races encountered is some of the most fascinating science fiction I've ever read. The epic scale of the discovery of Rama as it's presented in the first book was absolutely mind blowing, as was the journey made by the characters in the following three books.

The first book was written solely by Arthur C. Clarke with the following three written by Gentry Lee using Clarke's suggestions and ideas. There is a big difference between the two writers: Clarke is all about the wonder and excitement of exploring Rama itself and Lee is all about the characters. Although the two styles compliment each other very well, Rama itself seems to take a backseat in the three following stories, which could also be read as one very large story.

Despite this being one of the most gripping page turners I've read in a while, it does have plenty of faults. Arthur C. Clarke has always (in my experience) had issues with characterisation. The interactions with many of the characters feels a little flat and his writing is much better when he's describing vast, technological marvels. Gentry Lee on the other hand is all about the characters, however I think he goes a little too deep into them and ends up with very uneven personalities who sometimes make inexplicable decisions over the course of the story. He's also a little too obsessed with sex, and tries to fit a lot of it in. But what he does put in feels passionless and unnecessary.

Despite it's faults, the Rama series is an amazing journey and one that's well worth embarking on.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Having not read Arthur C Clarke for a long time (probaby about 25 years!), I thought that I would use my new kindle to revisit his books. Read more
Published 9 days ago by A. D. McIvor
4.0 out of 5 stars OK
Not bad for the price. A fair number of typos though
Published 1 month ago by Mr. John H. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good read.
A Classic. Just how a good story should be.
Published 5 months ago by Jim Parish
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As with 2001 the beauty is in the details. Master Clarke!
Published 6 months ago by A
5.0 out of 5 stars Truely an epic voyage of discovery
Science, imagination, religion, Love, life and death. All matters explored within the realms of fantasy, but also believable experiences of an ordinary person chosen to follow an... Read more
Published 6 months ago by tartan
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely excellent in every respect
Absolutely excellent in every respect, some reviewers have contrasted the latter books with Gentry Lee with the original, and they are moe character orientated but the story,... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nick Singleton
5.0 out of 5 stars simply amazing.
It takes special vision to write a book of this magnitude. A Wonderful story in a wonderful setting. My thanks.
Published 10 months ago by andyp
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic books, poor digital conversion.
Four stars for one reason only, this digital version is riddled with annoying and frankly idiotic spelling mistakes that I don't really expect to find in a reasonably expensive... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Knight2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Rama III
I had waited for a while, while Amazon "repaired" the Kindle version. It was a long wait. I had not read Rama since it was first published. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Paul Baxter
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard going
I came very close to not finishing reading this. It got off to a promising start with the discovery and investigation of an alien spacecraft, but then never got any higher than... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Phil W.
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