Can Denis Villeneuve make a movie out of Rendezvous with Rama?

What has a superbly detailed technical description of an interstellar megastructure and no characters or story?

Denis Villeneuve’s latest film project.

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Published by Damien Walter

Writer and storyteller. Contributor to The Guardian, Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed and Aeon magazine. Special forces librarian (retired). Teaches the Rhetoric of Story to over 35,000 students worldwide.

2 thoughts on “Can Denis Villeneuve make a movie out of Rendezvous with Rama?

  1. Thanks for your analysis of Rama as hard sci fi. I can’t wait for the movie — and trust it will be done right.

    There is one super interesting scientific error in the book, which I think has gone unnoticed.


    It relates to the reason for the taller southern sea cliff. It is a pivotal event in the story when the polymath hero Dr Perera, in a brainwave, realises that the southern cliff is built to contain the cylindrical sea should the spaceship accelerate towards the north (and he calculates a maximum acceleration of 0.02 G, a figure borne out in the climax).

    What a ripping yarn!

    And yet the climax shows that Rama is propelled by a Space Drive. The mechanism remains a mystery but we do know that every atom in the body is driven forward by the same force, whatever it is. Including the sea water.

    With a space drive, all the water would stay put, and there would be no need for the taller cliff. Sorry!


    1. @Steve Wilson, I think you are wrong. Under acceleration, the water would move, as you do in a train during acceleration, whereas your seat does not because it’s fixed (and so does the cliff).

      Thank you Damien Walter for your nice podcasts



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