Friday, 29 May 2009
SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Rendezvous with Rama - Arthur C Clarke
In the year 2130, a mysterious and apparently untenanted alien spaceship, Rama, enters our solar system. The first product of an alien civilisation to be encountered by man, it reveals a world of technological marvels and an unparalleled artificial ecology. But what is its purpose in 2131? Who is inside it? And why?
Personally I’m not a devotee to Clarke as I find his writing rather dated for my taste. That said however you really have to hand it to the guy who was one of the forefathers of the sci-fi genre. The book gives you a futuristic adventure as mankind meets an alien civilisation in the far future, its science for the time it was written is probable, the concept behind the tale amazing, however one of the other things that tends to niggle me about Clarke is the lack of character development or even generating a believable protagonist. The book is well written and if you can get past these flaws it’s a tale by a true master.