The Garden of Rama Author:Arthur C. Clarke & Gentry Lee By the 23rd century Earth has had 2 encounters with massive, mysterious, robotic spacecrafts from beyond our solar system - the obvious handywork of a technology that far exceeds our own. The first time we greeted a Raman vessel, it was with wonder. The second time, it was with weapons. And one scientific fact is incontestable: the Ramans do... more » everything in threes.
Atomic warheads meant for the second Raman craft, dubbed Rama II, have detonated -- with cosmonauts Nicole DesJardins, Richard Wakefield, and Michael O'Toole trapped aboard the astoundingly immense vessel. Its vastly superior technology has allowed Rama II to avoid nuclear destruction, but now the explorers are captive to an enigma, traveling at half the speed of light toward an uncertain destination.
Then some 12 years into their journey, the travelers must face the ultimate fear. For instead of being adrift on an endless interstellar cruise to nowhere, it becomes increasingly clear that they're headed for a Raman base -- and the heretofore unseen architects of their galactic home. Will the Ramans seek revenge for the attack on their ship? Or are their goals more complex?« less