A definitive scifi classic! The great thing about Arthur C. Clarke is that he does not go for the blockbuster moments, but for the mindblowing situations that will leave you breatheless long after you close the book.
In "Rendezvous with Rama", Clarke takes us to witness humankind's first encounter with an alien civilization. More than the Michael Bay's Transformers type of invasion, contact with Rama mostly involved space professionals acting... professionally. One is tempted to call this a space travel procedural drama due to the depth of speculation it spends on fleshing out the procedure for first contact.
Brilliant bits: the eerie, abandoned feel of Rama. Rama coming to life. That ending sentence. Chilling last line.
Boring bits: flat characters, low stakes.
Rendezvous with Rama
Arthur C. Clarke
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