Rendezvous with Rama is a science fiction mystery as the solar system encounters a spacecraft that has come from the far reaches of space and is immense in scale. Clarke’s style and storytelling is unlike any other science fiction author that I have read, there is no dumping of science upon you, there is no false suspense created, there is only a gradual unravelling of the plot and the detail that keeps you reading on and on.
This book is one of his classics in terms of its popularity and is one of his books that are a first introduction for them to Clarke’s work. As is often the case for science fiction from the golden period, there is an assumption that the human race would develop a lot faster than it did and would colonise other worlds. Mercury is colonised in the novel, as is the Moon and Mars, which I find a little far fetched, especially Mercury.
The novel is interesting however, the concept is amazing, and the story carries you along.