Rendezvous with Rama Book Summary and Study Guide

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In the 22nd century, a giant alien object is discovered while passing through our solar system. A mining ship is sent to rendezvous with this extraterrestrial object, which was given the name Rama. Inside, they find a miniature world full of wonder and mystery...
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The review of this Book prepared by Ian Gallagher

Captain Norton and his crew are sent to intercept a mysterious cylindrical object. The object turns out to be a giant spaceship, complete with mysterious cities, plains, and even a frozen lake encircling the center of the cylinder. During the exploration, more questions are raised than are answered, as Norton and his crew are forced to depart before Rama gets too close to the Sun.

Rama is the first book in a four book epic.
The review of this Book prepared by Kerry Downing

Far out in the Solar System and travelling fast, a large object is detected which will pass near the Earth. An expedition to meet it discovers that it is a giant spaceship with an artificial world inside it, complete with its own gravity. The spacecraft seemingly expects them, but does not appear to have any aliens onboard - or perhaps they are just hiding. With no way to control the ship it will soon pass out of the solar system, and the team race to unlock as many of its secrets as quickly as they can. This is a standard 'hard' sci-fi story, with some real scientific concepts and explanation, and enough action to keep up the pace. The expeditionary team has plenty of surprises as they try to gain an insight into the alien shipbuilders, including a nice touch when they are reluctantly forced to abandon ship. As its final bow to the Solar System, the craft turns towards the Sun for a re-fuelling pit stop.
The review of this Book prepared by Michael JR Jose

Rama is a huge metalic cylinder aproaching Earth at huge velocity, as the story unfolds Rama is found to be a self contained 'world' full of technological marvals and yet total without life, or so it seems at first. For every question that is answered several more need asking . . .
The review of this Book prepared by Ian Andrew

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 37.5%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 17.5%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 37.5% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   exploring a wondrous planet or phenomena    -   primitive/present day space voyage Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   explorer Age:    -   40's-50's


Spaceship setting:    -   alien spaceship    -   really, really giant spaceship/station Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a fair amount of scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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