Rendezvous with Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke
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Rendezvous with Rama
Even Clarke's book dedication is intriguing: "To Sri Lanka, where I climbed the stairway of the Gods"
I found a possible photo match on Google images ... at least, it is from Sri Lanka, and it is a big stairway:
"...apart from some small structures at the end of one face ... " , ... that's what I don't remember catching before, that the entry assist bollards (for docking spacecraft) were only at the near end. (I was going to say more here but I don't want to add spoilers, for any who are reading RWR for the first time.)
"anechoic" means a space created to stop reflections of either sound or electromagnetic waves ... I assume that the word "anechoic" on this page of RWR refers to the characteristic of being "echo-free."
RWR here describes walking "over an apparently seamless metal surface." I hadn't noticed before that the surface of the central plain is described as metal, not dirt!
The Garden of Rama
So apparently there's (probably) no direct link between them on the record.
I disagree. I read all three sequels, and in my estimation, they are all awful.
But here's some interesting LT info:
RwR: 5,001 members, 3.98 stars (1,294 members rating - 25% of readers)
RII: 2,475 members, 3.32 stars (477 members rating - 19% of readers)
GoR: 1,869 members, 3.41 stars (334 members rating - 18% of readers)
RR: 1,672 members, 3.42 stars (304 members rating - 18% of readers)
Tim has said before that there is "grade inflation" in series due to people who didn't like the first ones as much dropping out before the latter ones. I wonder if that explains the dip from RwR to RII, then the rise from RII to the later ones.
Of course, there's also a bit of inflation simply by having a title in your catalog. I flushed RII out of my library and hence do not have it cataloged or rated.