June 1980




Scene Titled “RAMA” Painted by Morris Dollens from the Rama Series of Books by Arthur Clarke

In my opinion, this was the best science fiction series ever written.


“At first only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge. It weighs 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 an 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 the Raman airlock door.”


New York Times:

“Mr. Clarke is splendid…we experience that chilling touch of the alien, the not-quite knowable, that distinguishes SF at its most technically imaginative.”


The series consists of four novels:

Rendezvous with Rama (1973) by Arthur Clarke

and the remaining three novels were co-authored with Gentry Lee:

Rama II (1989), The Garden of Rama (1991),and Rama Revealed (1994).







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