History Literature / RendezvousWithRama

23rd Aug '16 11:42:49 AM SuddenFrost
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24th Jun '16 9:42:52 AM Geoduck
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** Rama is a huge starship that has traveled presumably for millions of years without showing any signs of wear or damage. It uses a ReactionlessDrive to perform a gravity slingshot ''within the outer atmosphere of the Sun'' to gain speed and head off in the direction of the Greater Magellanic Cloud. All of this, according to human science, is utterly impossible.

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** Rama is a huge starship that has traveled presumably for millions of years without showing any signs of wear or damage.damage except for a large smear on one side where something evidently collided with it. It uses a ReactionlessDrive to perform a gravity slingshot ''within the outer atmosphere of the Sun'' to gain speed and head off in the direction of the Greater Magellanic Cloud. All of this, according to human science, is utterly impossible.
19th Aug '15 2:42:37 AM Geoduck
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* CentrifugalGravity: How Rama creates gravity in its interior.
* CoolStarship: It's pretty darn big, too.



* DistractedByTheSexy: At one point Captain Norton mulls the effects of zero-gravity on female anatomy.
* EldritchStarship: In the sequels at least, the Raman fleet starts edging into this territory.



* FutureFoodIsArtificial: It's mentioned in passing that in human society, farming is now merely a popular hobby.



* GenerationShips: It's speculated by the humans that Rama is a failed example of this. [[spoiler: By the end of the novel, it's pretty clear it isn't, and the sequels further prove the point.]]



* LimitedDestinationTime: The ''Endevour'' can't stay with Rama when it gets too close to the sun.

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* InertialDampening: The sequels deal with this, as [[spoiler: Rama II's human passengers travel between stars.]]
* LimitedDestinationTime: The ''Endevour'' ''Endeavour'' can't stay with Rama when it gets too close to the sun.



* MileLongShip: It's pretty darn cool, too.
* MundaneDogmatic: The humans in the first novel work at this level; it's a major plot-point that physics and technology simply won't allow any ship but the ''Endeavour'' to reach Rama, and its safe time there is sharply limited. Though see below under SufficientlyAdvancedAliens.



* NoSuchThingAsSpaceJesus: The sequels more or less state that [[spoiler: the Rama ship-system was built by God.]] The original novel features a character who is a member of a religion which believes Jesus was an alien.



* {{Starfish Aliens}}: From the sequels, Octospiders, Avians, Myrmicats and the Sesil Net. The last three live in a symbiotic relationship.

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* {{Starfish Aliens}}: StarfishAliens: From the sequels, Octospiders, Avians, Myrmicats and the Sesil Net. The last three live in a symbiotic relationship.relationship.
** StarfishLanguage: The Octospiders again.



* TripodTerror: The "spider" biots who start swarming around the interior of Rama. [[spoiler: Though they prove to be harmless to humans, unless you try to dissect one of their corpses.]]

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* TripodTerror: The "spider" biots who start swarming around the interior of Rama. [[spoiler: Though they prove to be harmless to humans, unless you try cut into the power-battery while attempting to dissect one of their corpses.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: The Octospiders do this to ''themselves'' in the sequels.
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19th Aug '15 2:15:01 AM Geoduck
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* AbsurdlyLongStairway: The interior of the eponymous gigantic cylindrical spaceship, 54 kilometres long, has three extremely long ladders spanning its length along its walls. And then there come stairways with "thousands upon thousands" of steps. Getting from the airlock down the ladders and stairs, to one end of the cylinder, takes the protagonists three chapters. Justified in that it's almost certainly an emergency backup system to whatever smaller vehicles the Ramans normally used.

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* AbsurdlyLongStairway: The interior of the eponymous gigantic cylindrical spaceship, 54 kilometres long, has three extremely long ladders spanning its length along its walls. And then there come stairways with "thousands upon thousands" of steps. Getting from the airlock down the ladders and stairs, to one end of the cylinder, takes the protagonists three chapters. Justified in that it's almost certainly an a triple-redundant emergency backup system to whatever smaller vehicles the Ramans normally used.



* ApesInSpace / UpliftedAnimal: The superchimps.



* GiantWallOfWateryDoom: A minor course-correction on Rama's part, coupled with its rotation, leads to a massive tidal wave being generated on the ship-girdling lake. Unfortunately, it happens while some of the human explorers are ''on'' the lake. [[spoiler: It quickly and unsurprisingly turns out that the Ramans had anticipated this possibility and installed a series of wave-killing baffles.]]



* HarmlessElectrocution: The ship's doctor survives a nasty jolt while [[spoiler: dissecting one of the spider biots.]]



* InsignificantLittleBluePlanet: The Ramans prove to have absolutely no interest in Earth, or any other planet in the solar system.

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* InsignificantLittleBluePlanet: The Ramans prove to have absolutely no interest in Earth, or any other planet in the solar system. [[spoiler: The sequels change this.]]
* LimitedDestinationTime: The ''Endevour'' can't stay with Rama when it gets too close to the sun.



* OhCrap: The expedition's reaction when they realise that Rama's minor course-correction, coupled with its rotation, has led to a massive tidal wave being generated on the lake. Made worse because they are ''on'' the lake at the time and can see it rapidly racing towards them from the "ceiling".

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* OhCrap: The expedition's reaction when they realise to the GiantWallOfWateryDoom.
* TheOnlyOne: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] as Rama is moving so quickly through the solar system
that Rama's minor course-correction, coupled the ''Endeavour'' is the only ship in the right place, and with its rotation, has led enough delta-V, to a massive tidal wave being generated on catch up with it and land. In the lake. Made worse because they are ''on'' sequels, [[spoiler: humanity knows the lake at the time second Rama is coming, and can see it rapidly racing towards them from the "ceiling".send a specially-prepared expedition.]]



* AStormIsComing: Human scientists realize that the heat caused by Rama's approach to the sun is going to cause hurricanes inside Rama, forcing the ''Endeavour'' crew to evacuate back to their ship for a time.



* TheOnlyOne: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in the first book as Rama is moving so quickly through the solar system that the ''Endeavour'' is the only ship in the right place, and with enough delta-V, to catch up with it and land.
* TimeAbyss: The ''Rama''.
* UpliftedAnimal: The superchimps.

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* TheOnlyOne: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in the first book as Rama is moving so quickly through the solar system that the ''Endeavour'' is the only ship in the right place, and with enough delta-V, to catch up with it and land.
* TimeAbyss: Rama and its contents.
* TripodTerror:
The ''Rama''.
* UpliftedAnimal: The superchimps.
"spider" biots who start swarming around the interior of Rama. [[spoiler: Though they prove to be harmless to humans, unless you try to dissect one of their corpses.]]
1st Aug '15 1:43:08 AM Carnildo
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* NoodleIncident: A throwaway one in that Captain Norton was unable to find out what happened to the first four Churches of Christ, Cosmonaut.


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** Rama is a huge starship that has traveled presumably for millions of years without showing any signs of wear or damage. It uses a ReactionlessDrive to perform a gravity slingshot ''within the outer atmosphere of the Sun'' to gain speed and head off in the direction of the Greater Magellanic Cloud. All of this, according to human science, is utterly impossible.
** The Fifth Church of Christ, Cosmonaut, holds that Jesus was one of these.
22nd Jun '15 6:21:08 PM Geoduck
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* AbsurdlyLongStairway: The interior of the eponymous gigantic cylindrical spaceship, 54 kilometres long, has three extremely long ladders spanning its length along its walls. And then there come stairways with "thousands upon thousands" of steps. Getting from the airlock down the ladders and stairs, to one end of the cylinder, takes the protagonists three chapters.

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* AbsurdlyLongStairway: The interior of the eponymous gigantic cylindrical spaceship, 54 kilometres long, has three extremely long ladders spanning its length along its walls. And then there come stairways with "thousands upon thousands" of steps. Getting from the airlock down the ladders and stairs, to one end of the cylinder, takes the protagonists three chapters. Justified in that it's almost certainly an emergency backup system to whatever smaller vehicles the Ramans normally used.



* CrazyPrepared: The Ramans and their triple-redundant.. everything.



* ImprovisedParachute: a character uses his shirt as a parachute. Justified since the main purpose of the 'chute is to ensure he hits water feet-first.

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* ImprovisedParachute: a character uses his shirt as a parachute. Justified since he's jumping in Rama's reduced gravity, and the main purpose of the 'chute is to ensure he hits water feet-first.



* {{Starfish Aliens}}: Octospiders, Avians, Myrmicats and the Sesil Net. The last three live in a symbiotic relationship.

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* {{Starfish Aliens}}: From the sequels, Octospiders, Avians, Myrmicats and the Sesil Net. The last three live in a symbiotic relationship.
24th Mar '15 3:10:30 PM Ultimatum
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* ''Rama II'' by [[strike:Arthur C. Clarke and]] Gentry Lee
* ''The Garden of Rama'' by [[strike:Arthur C. Clarke and]] Gentry Lee
* ''Rama Revealed'' by [[strike:Arthur C. Clarke and]] Gentry Lee

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* ''Rama II'' by [[strike:Arthur C. Clarke and]] by Gentry Lee
* ''The Garden of Rama'' by [[strike:Arthur C. Clarke and]] ] Gentry Lee
* ''Rama Revealed'' by [[strike:Arthur C. Clarke and]] Gentry Lee
1st Mar '15 5:13:34 PM FearlessSon
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* ReactionlessDrive

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* ReactionlessDriveReactionlessDrive: The explorers cannot determine just how the ship can accelerate given it does not appear to push on anything they can detect. They assume the six pillars at the rear end of the cylinder have something to do with it, but cannot confirm.
30th Jan '15 11:07:31 PM morenohijazo
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* AbsurdlyLongStairway: The interior of the eponymous gigantic cylindrical spaceship, 54 kilometres long, has three extremely long ladders spanning its length along its walls. And then there come stairways with "thousands upon thousands" of steps. Getting from the airlock down the ladders and stairs, to one end of the cylinder, takes the protagonists three chapters.
31st Dec '14 10:47:12 AM zrice03
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* TheOnlyOne: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in the first book as ''Rama'' is moving so quickly through the solar system that the ''Endeavour'' is the only ship in the right place, and with enough delta-V, to catch up with it and land.

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* TheOnlyOne: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in the first book as ''Rama'' Rama is moving so quickly through the solar system that the ''Endeavour'' is the only ship in the right place, and with enough delta-V, to catch up with it and land.
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