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Encontre amb Rama (1972)

de Arthur C. Clarke

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Astronomers discover a huge, celestial object hurtling through space and after a space probe confirms that is not a natural object, send a space team to investigate.
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"Rendezvous With Rama" was my introduction to Clarke when I first read it, back in the mid-'70s, and I was enamoured of its hard-SF nature, its concise telling, its brilliant BDO, and the perfect final line. Upon learning that Denis Villeneuve was to helm a new film, I knew I had to revisit it with older eyes. I am both glad and chagrined that I did so, and the glamour is gone from my eyes.

The best parts of RwR are all those that involve Rama itself and its investigation; fortunately, these occupy most of the text. As the crew of the Endeavour experience each step into Rama, and every new object and circumstance associated with it, the reader shares them vicariously; also, the brief window of opportunity allowed by the shared orbit prevents Clarke and the story from wallowing in unnecessary side-plots (a trait I wish more current authors would adopt). Best of all is the indifference the human explorers meet: Rama's own story lies elsewhere.

However, sticking points in RwR are Clarke's shibboleths written large. His characters are thin, yes. What's much more galling and artificial is that once again Clarke shows that _who_ his characters are was always less important to him than _what_ they are. Clarke finds it necessary to identify the doctor as "Surgeon Commander" throughout the book instead of "Dr. Ernst" or even "Laura." Likewise, we have "Commander Norton," every other officer or sergeant by rank, and the litter of Honourable Mr Ambassadors, Professor Doctors, and Sirs that make up odious advisory committees. Clarke loved ranks, he loved titles, and he could not perceive a world in which use of such titles was not compulsory. Sorry, but people don't really _talk_ that way.

A final bone to pick concerns a minor thread in RwR, one Clarke may have been encouraged to include by the publisher for length and texture, but one that presents such an ethical violation that I doubt it would see print today. It seems the Space Survey has genetically engineered a slave population of sterile primates for use as menial labor aboard ships. They have no rights, cannot speak, are fully expendable (conditions for euthanising them is clearly discussed), and are somehow more cost-efficient than bots or drones. Actually, the crew have NO bots, drones, or RC tools or toys of any kind: why is that? Even Jacques Cousteau used RC cameras. Maybe GMO slaves made it all more science-fictiony? Shame on you, Clarke.

Altogether, this still rates a solid 3.5 because what female characters there are are pretty cool and capable, because Jimmy Pak is a fun character, and Rama remains among the Most Bodacious BDOs in the SF canon. ( )
  MLShaw | Mar 25, 2022 |
Working my way through the Science Fiction masterworks series. Thought I would start with a book whose title has puzzled me for years. Have I read it before? It sounded familiar. The answer was no, I haven't read it before.

Spoilers below!
A interesting book, written for the seventies, but with a message about sustainability! Enjoyable, but with many plot lines that didn't seem to go anywhere or get explanation. Simps for example - quite a lot of background for a group of characters that never really feature, but are just window dressing.

The 'Ramans' never pitch up, just their domestic 'eco' robots.So we have an alien encounter...without the aliens! Quite a masterful plot device.

All in all an enjoyable excursion. By today's standards quite a basic story. Lots of description, but not a lot of story.lots of loose ends, but I see there are 3 'sequels'.

Worth reading, but a little frustrating. ( )
  Sandman-1961 | Mar 6, 2022 |
I actually enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. I was reading it because it's part of a top 100 list. I figured it was going to be boring with 2D characters, like a couple other's I've read from Clarke. It definitely has that "what's going to happen next" thing going for it. And the characters were better in this one. Unfortunately, there were still questions at the end, but I guess that's meant to get you to buy book two, right? But not sure I'm THAT curious, maybe I'll just look up some spoilers. ( )
  ragwaine | Mar 4, 2022 |
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. ( )
  Gmomaj | Feb 5, 2022 |
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Longworth, TobyNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Sawyer, Robert J.Introduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Vallandro, LeonelTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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