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The name game!

Discussion in 'Avian' started by chrisw357, Jul 29, 2006.

  1. chrisw357

    chrisw357 Member

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    First, welcome and hail Avian and Yan! Now, I have a question that's borne out of the fact that me and the wife have birds as pets... How'd you come up with the name "Avian" for the group?

    That was probably a question you get asked a lot, but I just thought to ask anyways. Hope everything is going well for you and the music.

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    BurntOfferings666 God Of All Things Metal

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    Hey Chris,

    I can answer this for Yan, since I've had the priviledge of knowing him for the last 6 months or so, but he'll probably add something to this.;)

    The name Avian was chosen by Yan from his favourite novel; The Rama series by Arthur C. Clarke. In the series, the Avian is a bird like creature with great intelligence and compassion.

    Hope it helps!
    -Jeff
     
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    Hi Chris; welcome to our forum.

    Jeff is right in that I got the name from the Arthur C. Clarke / Gentry Lee set of books about Rama (to those unfamiliar with the books, check out the attached editorial reviews from Amazon.com). The Avian's were one of the creatures that were on board the ship and I fell in love with them right away; particularly, Timmy and Tammy. When the time came to give the band a name, Avian was the first thing that came to mind and everyone seemed to like it, so here we are :err:

    Rendezvous With Rama (1973)
    An all-time science fiction classic, Rendezvous with Rama is also one of Clarke's best novels--it won the Campbell, Hugo, Jupiter, and Nebula Awards. A huge, mysterious, cylindrical object appears in space, swooping in toward the sun. The citizens of the solar system send a ship to investigate before the enigmatic craft, called Rama, disappears. The astronauts given the task of exploring the hollow cylindrical ship are able to decipher some, but definitely not all, of the extraterrestrial vehicle's puzzles. From the ubiquitous trilateral symmetry of its structures to its cylindrical sea and machine-island, Rama's secrets are strange evidence of an advanced civilization. But who, and where, are the Ramans, and what do they want with humans? Perhaps the answer lies with the busily working biots, or the sealed-off buildings, or the inaccessible "southern" half of the enormous cylinder. Rama's unsolved mysteries are tantalizing indeed. Rendezvous with Rama is fast moving, fascinating, and a must-read for science fiction fans. Clarke collaborated with Gentry Lee in writing several Rama sequels, beginning with Rama II.

    Rama II (1989)
    In 1973, Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama won the Hugo, Nebula and Campbell awards. This new novel is the second in a series about the mystifying world-ships and their flybys of our solar system. Unfortunately, the focus is no longer on alien mysteries, but on the petty concerns of an unlikely assortment of cosmonauts. The 12 specialists chosen to explore a second Raman craft passing through human space 70 years after the first are more involved with adultery, religion and media contracts than they are with scientific advancement. Not only are their actions unrealistic, but the chapter titles telegraph what comes next. The excitement of discovery that was present in the first book is altogether missing from this soap opera plot.

    The Garden of Rama (1991)
    Introduced in Clarke's 1973 Hugo- and Nebula-winning Rendezvous with Rama and most recently seen in Clarke and Lee's Rama II , the massive spacecraft Rama is back, but the luster and sense of wonder generated by its first appearances have eroded. The once-exciting vessel, a "cylindrical worldlet," has been turned into a cheaply painted backdrop for an equally garish exposition of vice-lord politics. When Rama returns to earth and demands a sample of humanity for observation, a lying, corrupt government hands over 2000 citizens. These individuals serve as a microcosm to reflect most of today's big sociological problems, thus implying that in 300 years no existing problems will have been solved nor will any others have been created. Clarke's unmistakable style is sadly lacking. Essentially, the book suffers from an imbalance between what occurs onstage and what offstage. Minor characters are built up with detailed introductions and then generally ignored. Major events, about which reader interest has been piqued, are skipped, then given a one-sentence review.

    Rama Revealed (1994)
    On its mysterious voyage through interstellar space, a massive alien starship carries its human passengers to the end of a generations-long odyssey. But the great experiment designed by the Ramans has failed, and Rama III has become a battleground. Fleeing a tyrant, a band of humans ventures into the nether regions of the ship, where they encounter an emerald-doomed lair ruled by the fabulously advanced octospiders. As the octospiders lure the humans deeper into their domain, the humans must decide whether the creatures are their allies of enemies. All the while, Rama III continues its inexplorable journey towards the node, where the climax of their voyage awaits the stunning revelation of the true identity of the beings behind this glittering trek across the cosmos.
     
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    Ah, cool... another Arthur C. Clarke fan! Very cool... and thanks for the book review snippets, Yan. I haven't read the Rama books, but I'll be sure to check out the first one, definitely!
     

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