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Whilst not asking for spoilers, are the Rama sequels worth reading for answers to the questions posed in the original?

In particular is the nature and purpose of the unseen aliens explained?

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    I did start the first sequel, but the horrible writing (never Clarke's strong point) rather discouraged me. Jan 13, 2011 at 0:23
  • @Horner: I don't think that was Clarke's writing that got you. The first sequel had writing mistakes that no seasoned science fiction writer would make. Jan 13, 2011 at 3:03
  • Having read all four -- yes, but they're better left unanswered. Sep 29, 2011 at 2:08

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In particular the nature and purpose of the unseen aliens?

Those aliens get explained in Rama Revealed (the 4th book in the series).

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The Rama sequels are very different from the original book's vector. Rama serves as a background, but the main scope is about the human race ways of society. If you're interested in that as a topic, they are well worth reading.

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