Rendezvous with Rama

Rendezvous with Rama
Rama #1
Arthur Clarke
SF
3 Stars
Epub, 255 Pages

humanity finds a giant spaceship coming into the solar system. They explore it and realize they are not alone in the universe. The story is about the group exploring the ship. Very little action, well written, but dull none the less. There is a whole series of Rama books, but I don’t think I’ll waste my time on any more.

A well written book. But horribly dull. I felt like I was eating oatmeal the whole time. It might be good for me, but it sure is bland and boring. Will definitely not be reading any more in this series.

More Than One Universe

More Than One Universe
Arthur Clarke
SF
4 stars
554 pages

a whole bunch of his short stories from the late 40’s til the very early 80’s. Recurring themes of American/Russian conflict, self-destruction on a planetary scale and the idea of man going to the stars. Depressing really.

3001: The Final Odyssey

3001: The Final Odyssey
Space Odyssey #4
Arthur Clarke
SF
2 stars

Frank Poole didn’t die, but hybernated in deep space. Gets rescued in 3001. Mankind destroys the Monoliths, which, according to Halman[the amalgamation of Dave Bowman and HAL which were NOT the next step but merely co-opted as extra sensors] were going to destroy humanity because it had been found wanting. So it ends with Humanity having 900 years to figure out the next step. The whole Odyssey series was so blase! And whole chapters were taken from former books, it got very boring and repetitive. Glad I read them, but I don’t plan on reading them again unless there is some Need, which I can’t imagine there ever being one.

2010: Odyssey Two

2010: Odyssey Two
Space Odyssey #2
Arthur Clarke
SF
2 stars

this follows the movie, not the book, as a sequel. So the Monolith is at Jupiter instead of Saturn and is about 10times larger. Life is discovered on one of Jupiter’s moons and Jupiter itself is turned into a second sun. Starchild has very little to do with this novel at all. And HAL joins Starchild at the end, scary if you ask me.

2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey
Space Odyssey #1
Arthur Clarke
SF
2 stars

Evolutionistic thought disguised, more like thongwearing, as a scifi novel. Superintelligence messes with our ancestors and starts them on the path of developement. Leave a calling card on the moon, which directs us to Saturn. The man chosen to go ends up becoming a Star Child, and returning to earth. We’ll see how the rest of the novels carry this out.