The sequel to the only SF novel to sweep all SF awards and one of the bestsellers of all time In 2130, an alien spaceship, Rama, entered our solar system. The first product of an alien civilisation to be encountered by man, it revealed many wonders to mankind - but most of its mysteries remained unsolved ...Sixty-six years later, a second ...
The sequel to the only SF novel to sweep all SF awards and one of the bestsellers of all time In 2130, an alien spaceship, Rama, entered our solar system. The first product of an alien civilisation to be encountered by man, it revealed many wonders to mankind - but most of its mysteries remained unsolved ...Sixty-six years later, a second approaching spacecraft was detected; four years on, the Ramans are definitely returning. But this time, Earth is ready. And maybe now, with the arrival of Rama II, some of the questions posed by Rama will at last be answered.
As is common with many book series, this sequel to the first book, Rendezvous with Rama, is not a gripping as the first. While not disappointed with the book and its writing, it did not hold my interest in the same way as the first. In reading the preface, you get more of the history behind the writer, Gentry Lee, brought in to 'co-write' the sequels with Arthur C. Clarke - perhaps therein lies the reason for the diminshed enjoyment.
Mar 29, 2009
A fascinating and enjoyable sequel to Rama, this book covers the second visit. Still lots of interesting revelations about this second ship, but this book focuses more on human reactions and interactions (greed, betrayal, etc).
Also of interest, in describing a world-wide economic melt-down following the first visit, there was an uncomfortable fore-shadowing of our current economic mess.
Oct 5, 2007
At the dawn of the twenty-third century, another Rama ship is discovered hurtling toward Earth. A crew is assembled to rendezvous with the massive vessel. Armed with everything known about Raman technology and culture (which is very little) they prepare to encounter the 'Rama II' secrets.
The second of the Rama series leads the reader into startling, sensational -- and perhaps even deadly revelations about the landscape, creatures and automated caretakers of the great vessel. The pace of the story is very much the same as the first book 'Rendezvous With Rama', but with interesting revelations about the ship and the 'Ramans' themselves.
Clarke and Lee write well together, and bring together ideas of human space travel with an image of 'others' from the cosmos into a believable and well structured story.
Apr 4, 2007
new discoveries, what could be next?
This is the second in the series of Rama books, and it continues to develop the slowly forming plot. New and intriguing things continue to become part of the strange science fiction of Rama's landscape. The sense of wonder is only a little bit tinged by the explorer's hardly allowable fear of what new dangerous possibilities could be discovered next.
Nothing too dramatic, but well written if a bit slow plot wise.
Publishers Weekly, 1989-10-20 In 1973, Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama won the Hugo, Nebula and Campbell awards. This new novel is the second in a trilogy about the mystifying world-ships and their flybys of our solar system. Unfortunately, the focus is no longer on alien mysteries, but on the petty concerns of an unlikely assortment of cosmonauts. The 12 specialists chosen to explore a second Raman craft passing through human space 70 years after the first are more involved with adultery, religion and media contracts than they are with scientific advancement. Not only are their actions unrealistic, but the chapter titles telegraph what comes next. The excitement of discovery that was present in the first book is altogether missing from this soap opera plot. (Nov.)
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