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Rendezvous With Rama

Clarke, Arthur Charles

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ISBN 10: 0151768358 / ISBN 13: 9780151768356
Published by Harcourt, New York, 1973
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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In a clear protective Brodart mylar cover. Author's excellent first contact novel about a thirty-one mile long cylindrical vessel that appears in the outer reaches of the Earth's solar system. A touch of soiling to text blocks, a few small spots to fore-edge, light sunning to top edge of flaps. A nice copy in a beautiful dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 1002590

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Title: Rendezvous With Rama

Publisher: Harcourt, New York

Publication Date: 1973

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

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At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, 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.

Includes an exclusive introduction by Hugo Award-winning author Robert J. Sawyer

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An all-time science fiction classic, Rendezvous with Rama is also one of Clarke's best novels--it won the Campbell, Hugo, Jupiter, and Nebula Awards. A huge, mysterious, cylindrical object appears in space, swooping in toward the sun. The citizens of the solar system send a ship to investigate before the enigmatic craft, called Rama, disappears. The astronauts given the task of exploring the hollow cylindrical ship are able to decipher some, but definitely not all, of the extraterrestrial vehicle's puzzles. From the ubiquitous trilateral symmetry of its structures to its cylindrical sea and machine-island, Rama's secrets are strange evidence of an advanced civilization. But who, and where, are the Ramans, and what do they want with humans? Perhaps the answer lies with the busily working biots, or the sealed-off buildings, or the inaccessible "southern" half of the enormous cylinder. Rama's unsolved mysteries are tantalizing indeed. Rendezvous with Rama is fast moving, fascinating, and a must-read for science fiction fans. Clarke collaborated with Gentry Lee in writing several Rama sequels, beginning with Rama II.

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