Rendezvous With Rama

Rendezvous With Rama
Author: Arthur Charles Clarke
Publisher: Spectra
Total Pages: 290
Release: 1990
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0553287893


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During the twenty-second century, a space probe's investigation of a mysterious, cylindrical asteroid brings man into contact with an extra-galactic civilization

The Garden of Rama

The Garden of Rama
Author: Arthur C. Clarke
Publisher: Spectra
Total Pages: 530
Release: 1992-09-01
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0553298178


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In the spellbinding Arthur C. Clarke tradition, here is an exhilarating adventure into the hearts of both the Universe and mankind . . . By the twenty-third century Earth has already had two encounters with massive, mysterious robotic spacecraft from beyond our solar system—the incontestable proof of an alien technology that far exceeds our own. Now three human cosmonauts are trapped aboard a labyrinthine Raman vessel, where it will take all of their physical and mental resources to survive. Only twelve years into their journey do these intrepid travelers learn their destination and face their ultimate challenge: a rendezvous with a Raman base—and the unseen architects of their galactic home. The cosmonauts have given up family, friends, and possessions to live a new kind of life. But the answers that await them at the Raman Node will require an even greater sacrifice—if humanity is indeed ready to learn the awe-inspiring truth.

Rama II

Rama II
Author: Arthur C. Clarke
Publisher: Spectra
Total Pages: 510
Release: 1990-11-01
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0553286587


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“This is a space trip that no reader will want to miss.”—Playboy Years ago, the enormous, enigmatic alien spacecraft called Rama sailed through our solar system as mind-boggling proof that life existed—or had existed—elsewhere in the universe. Now, at the dawn of the twenty-third century, another ship is discovered hurtling toward us. A crew of Earth's best and brightest minds is assembled to rendezvous with the massive vessel. They are armed with everything we know about Raman technology and culture. But nothing can prepare them for what they are about to encounter on board Rama II: cosmic secrets that are startling, sensational—and perhaps even deadly. “Offers one surprise after another.”—The New York Times “A masterpiece . . . one of the year’s best hard SF epics.”—The Houston Post

Bright Messengers

Bright Messengers
Author: Gentry Lee
Publisher: Spectra Books
Total Pages: 376
Release: 1995
Genre: Fiction
ISBN:


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The Bishop of Mars--a woman--is kidnaped by hostile elements along with an agnostic German engineer and they are ordered to make love. The woman, a nun, refuses to break her vow of chastity and the hostile elements resort to force. By the co-author of Rama Revealed.

Marrow

Marrow
Author: Robert Reed
Publisher: Tor Books
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2013-05-28
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 1466846232


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The Ship has traveled the universe for longer than any of the near-immortal crew can recall, its true purpose and origins unknown. It is larger than many planets, housing thousands of alien races and just as many secrets. Now one of those secrets has been discovered: at the center of the Ship is . . . a planet. Marrow. But when a team of the Ship's best and brightest are sent down to investigate, will they return with the origins of the Ship--or will they bring doom to everyone on board? Robert Reed, whose fantastic stories have been filling all the major SF magazines for the past several years, spins a captivating tale of adventure and wonder on an incredible scale in this novel based on his acclaimed novella. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Eon

Eon
Author: Greg Bear
Publisher: Macmillan
Total Pages: 516
Release: 1991-10-15
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780812520477


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Science fiction-roman.

Rama Revealed

Rama Revealed
Author: Arthur C. Clarke
Publisher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 512
Release: 2013-08-29
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0575121688


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Years after the appearance in the solar system of the immense, deserted spaceship named by its discoverers Rama, a second craft arrived, destined to become home for a group of human colonists. But now the colony has become a brutal dictatorship, committing genocide against its peaceful alien neighbours and terrorizing its own inhabitants. Nicole Wakefield, condemned to death for treason, has escaped and crossed the Cylindrical Sea to the island of mysterious skyscrapers which the humans call New York. There she is reunited with her husband, and soon they are joined by others of their family and friends. But pursuit is not far behind and they are forced to flee to the subterranean corridors of New York inhabited by the menancing octospiders.

Rama

Rama
Author: Rick Barba
Publisher: Prima Games
Total Pages: 292
Release: 1996
Genre: Games & Activities
ISBN: 9780761508793


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nd Gentry Lee, this game is releasing simultaneously on two platforms, Win 95 and Mac. Rama offers a balance of puzzle-solving, storytelling and game play to produce a long, enjoyable, and absorbing experience for the player. This book is the player's companion.

Robotics Through Science Fiction

Robotics Through Science Fiction
Author: Robin R. Murphy
Publisher: MIT Press
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2018-12-25
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0262536269


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Six classic science fiction stories and commentary that illustrate and explain key algorithms or principles of artificial intelligence. This book presents six classic science fiction stories and commentary that illustrate and explain key algorithms or principles of artificial intelligence. Even though all the stories were originally published before 1973, they help readers grapple with two questions that stir debate even today: how are intelligent robots programmed? and what are the limits of autonomous robots? The stories—by Isaac Asimov, Vernor Vinge, Brian Aldiss, and Philip K. Dick—cover telepresence, behavior-based robotics, deliberation, testing, human-robot interaction, the “uncanny valley,” natural language understanding, machine learning, and ethics. Each story is preceded by an introductory note, “As You Read the Story,” and followed by a discussion of its implications, “After You Have Read the Story.” Together with the commentary, the stories offer a nontechnical introduction to robotics. The stories can also be considered as a set of—admittedly fanciful—case studies to be read in conjunction with more serious study. Contents “Stranger in Paradise” by Isaac Asimov, 1973 “Runaround” by Isaac Asimov, 1942 “Long Shot” by Vernor Vinge, 1972 “Catch That Rabbit” by Isaac Asimov, 1944 “Super-Toys Last All Summer Long” by Brian Aldiss, 1969 “Second Variety” by Philip K. Dick, 1953

Rendezvous with Rama

Rendezvous with Rama
Author: Arthur C. Clarke
Publisher: RosettaBooks
Total Pages: 267
Release: 2012-11-30
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0795325754


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Astronauts explore an alien spacecraft hurtling toward the sun in this Hugo and Nebula Award–winning novel—“a stone-cold classic” of hard sci-fi (The Guardian). An enormous cylindrical object has entered Earth’s solar system on a collision course with the sun. A team of astronauts are sent to explore the mysterious craft, which the denizens of the solar system name Rama. What they find is astonishing evidence of a civilization far more advanced than ours. They find an interior stretching over fifty kilometers; a forbidding cylindrical sea; mysterious and inaccessible buildings; and strange machine-animal hybrids, or “biots,” that inhabit the ship. But what they don’t find is an alien presence. So who—and where—are the Ramans? Often listed as one of Clarke’s finest novels, Rendezvous with Rama won numerous awards, including the Hugo, the Nebula, the Jupiter, and the British Science Fiction Awards. A fast-paced and compelling story of an enigmatic encounter with alien technology, Rendezvous with Rama offers both answers and unsolved mysteries that will continue to fascinate readers for generations. “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 New York Times