Rendezvous with Rama
Science fiction novel by Arthur C. Clarke1
(1973) in which a vast and apparently derelict alien spacecraft arrives
in the solar system. A ship is sent from Earth to investigate before the
enigmatic craft, called Rama, disappears. The astronauts given the task
of exploring the hollow cylindrical interloper are able to decipher some,
but by no means 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 clues to the nature of the advanced
civilization that built it. 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.
Clarke collaborated with Gentry Lee in writing several Rama sequels, beginning
with Rama II.
- Clarke, Arthur C. Rendezvous with Rama. Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich