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Brilliantly imagined tale,
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This review is from: Rendezvous With Rama (S.F. Masterworks S.) (Paperback)
I am not a reader of science fiction; I read this book because it was a choice for a book group. I therefore write this review as a general reader rather than a fan of science fiction.
Rama is an enormous cylindrical spaceship that appears to behave like an asteroid. It is millions of years old yet looks brand new and has come into our solar system and the governments of the occupied planets want to know what it is and why it has come here. A team of astronauts takes a spaceship to Rama to explore its insides.
I loved the sense of wonder that Clarke brings to this tale. His descriptions of the inside of Rama are incredibly detailed and made me feel I was inside it myself. It certainly is a tribute to the application of real science to fiction.
The characters are perhaps less vividly drawn and just a little one dimensional but I suspect that most fans of sci fi don't tend to worry too much about this. It didn't really bother me. Furthermore, there is little suspense in the story. I would not describe it as a page turner.
What did interest me though was the speculation among the astonauts and the governments of the planets as to the origin and purpose of Rama. The book ends without anyone really knowing.
I am very glad to have read this fascinating and intelligent book.