Permanent Human Settlement of the Earth, Space and Ocean Frontiers

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Rendezvous with Rama

Ralph Buttigieg
Sydney, NSW

The film 2001 a Space Odyssey was based on a short story by Arthur C Clarke The Sentinel. He latter converted the movie script into a novel but perhaps his best book was Rendezvous with Rama. Filled with a glorious sense of wonder, Rama tells the story of the arrival in our solar system of a huge alien artifact . Its a 30 mile long O'Neill habitat and we follow a group of astronauts as they try to unravel its mysteries. The novel won both the Nebula and Hugo awards and in my days as a book shop proprietor was a book I could recommend to anyone who wanted a good hard SF space adventure.

Rendezvous with Rama is just waiting to be made into a movie. Morgan Freeman has been working on a film for some time. Latest news is that the project is back on again. However tired of waiting for the Hollywood version, film student Aaron Ross made his own short. Just have a look at the impressive results.