Arthur Clarke

Rendezvous with Rama

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Zoya Alekseeva
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he had a dizzying glimpse of those mysteries at the edge of existence that he had successfully ignored for most of his life.
rosemichael
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but why should any intelligent race want to play childish tricks?”
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Even by the twenty-second century, no way had yet been discovered of keeping elderly and conservative scientists from occupying crucial administrative positions
Zoya Alekseeva
Zoya Alekseevahas quoted3 years ago
“There’s some kind of fancy dessert with a hot exterior and ice cream in the middle—I don’t remember what it’s called—”
“Baked Alaska. It’s a favorite at U.P. banquets, unfortunately.”
Zoya Alekseeva
Zoya Alekseevahas quoted3 years ago
raced through a smoky, flame-lit darkness
Zoya Alekseeva
Zoya Alekseevahas quoted3 years ago
quieter than anything I’ve ever known on Earth, or in space, where there’s always some background noise.
Zoya Alekseeva
Zoya Alekseevahas quoted3 years ago
went down the steps two at a time in long, gentle strides
Zoya Alekseeva
Zoya Alekseevahas quoted3 years ago
Yet the scale here was so much greater, both in time and in space, that the mind was unable to do it justice; after a while, it ceased to respond. Norton wondered if, sooner or later, he would take even Rama for granted.
Zoya Alekseeva
Zoya Alekseevahas quoted3 years ago
if there’s any more, heads will roll
Zoya Alekseeva
Zoya Alekseevahas quoted3 years ago
He could think of nothing, except the enjoyment of the gentle, unaccustomed gravity.
Zoya Alekseeva
Zoya Alekseevahas quoted3 years ago
he was not sure how he would react if he could see himself like an insect crawling up the face of a vertical saucer
Zoya Alekseeva
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The rate of fall was so painfully
Zoya Alekseeva
Zoya Alekseevahas quoted3 years ago
Mercer was the sergeant, leading a three-man patrol on a night raid into no man’s land
Zoya Alekseeva
Zoya Alekseevahas quoted3 years ago
had somehow become neatly tailored into a series of ascending terraces
Zoya Alekseeva
Zoya Alekseevahas quoted3 years ago
And now, Mercer told himself, I have to make my first decision. Am I going up that ladder, or down it?
Zoya Alekseeva
Zoya Alekseevahas quoted3 years ago
As they drifted through the last air lock and floated out along the weightless axis of Rama, Calvert found himself, as he so often did, in the middle of a movie flashback.
Zoya Alekseeva
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this galaxy of a hundred billion suns
Zoya Alekseeva
Zoya Alekseevahas quoted3 years ago
had never believed that life played an important role in
Zoya Alekseeva
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its age-long night
Zoya Alekseeva
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Norton suddenly recalled the myth of Oceanus, the sea that, the ancients believed, surrounded the Earth.
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