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How did the trajectory of the waterfall work in "Rendezvous with Rama"?

In chapter 21, how did the waterfall work with the Coriolis effect inside Rama? Here's the description of the waterfall So there was the origin of the sound they had heard. Descending from some ...
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Reference to a 'haunted asteroid' in Rendezvous with Rama

In Rendezvous with Rama, Commander Bill Norton makes the following comment: “The Haunted Asteroid”: why had that phrase popped up from the depths of memory? Then he recalled a silly story he had ...
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Why is the helicopter in Rama (Arthur C. Clarke) subject to gravity?

In "Rendez-vous with Rama" by Arthur C. Clarke, an artificial gravity force is maintained in the O'Neil cylinder (thanks to its spin). However, according to my understanding of the centrifugal force, ...
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Is Arthur C. Clarke promoting creationism in Rama Revealed?

This seems very strange to me, because Clarke was an atheist, and forbade any religious ritual at his burial, even. Did he ever explain this inconsistency? Or, does anyone have an explanation for it?
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Why do the Ramans do things in threes?

At the end of the first book, This may be an obvious question. I haven't read the two books written by Gentry Lee and only vaguely remember the original series. Please tell me the appropriate book in ...
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Why do the Rama aliens want to gather intelligent life forms?

I've read the original Rendezvous with Rama but I never got around to reading any of the sequels. So I never got the straight story on how the whole series ends. From what I gather from the ...
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Who *really* wrote the Rama sequels?

The Rama sequels, starting with Rama II and on, are co-authored by Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee. I'm wondering if there are any sources (e.g., interviews) discussing Clarke's impact or ...
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Are any of the questions in Rendezvous with Rama answered in the sequels

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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