Eon Hardcover – Jul 1985
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YA In the year 2000, a huge potato-shaped asteroid, nicknamed the Stone by Americans, appears in orbit around the earth. Exploration shows that it is divided into seven man-made, hollowed-out chambers, indicating that it had been inhabited. Scientists discover that it was built by Earth people, but in the far distant future, and that a nuclear war is imminent. It becomes crucial that theoretical mathematician Patricia Vasquez discover why the former habitants left and where they went. Although Eon is far too long, its story of futuristic cities and life forms stirs the imagination. Readers travel to worlds where humans may exist as memories in the City Memory Bank, corporeal representatives (ghosts) or incarnations. Other humanoid life forms also exist, and in an amazing array of shapes, from snake-like creatures to floating blobs. Bear's creativity provides a richness to an intricate, complex plot. It's unfortunate that the length may deter all but the most avid sci/fi fans. Pam Spencer, Mount Vernon High School Library, Fairfax, Va.
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“Hard science and human interest intersect ingeniously in the prequel to Bea's Eon and Eternity....This is a stunning SF novel that extrapolates a scientifically complex future from the basic stuff of human nature.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Legacy
“Each new novel only serves to illustrate how masterful Bear has become.” ―Houston Post on Greg Bear
“Whether he's tinkering with human genetic material or prying apart planets, Bear goes about the task with intelligence and a powerful imagination.” ―Locus on Greg Bear
“A cohesive and original vision of the future. Bear has combined a lively set of characters, colorful writing and gripping psychological-technological fabrications into a very seductive read.” ―People Magazine on Queen of Angels
“The ambitiousness of Greg Bear's Eon lies more in the mainstream of science fiction... its uniqueness arises from Bear's bold imagination. Bear is a writer of passionate vision. Eon is his grandest work yet.” ―Locus on Greg Bear
“Bear is one of our very best.” ―New York Daily News on Greg Bear
“If anyone is the complete master of the grand scale SF novel, it's Bear.” ―Booklist on Greg Bear--This text refers to the Paperback edition. See all Product Description
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However, it all breaks down about halfway through the book. The story makes a wide turn involving alien invasion, parallel universes, alternate geometries, and some other stuff. The problem, simply put, is that this part of the book is too confusing. The explanations are cryptic and difficult to follow, and keeping track of all the new concepts that get introduced becomes quite a chore. Also, the characterizations collapse during the second half of the book. All of the major characters seem too ready to forget and ignore their previous lives and to accept all of the weird stuff that happens to them. One might, of course, make the argument that some enigmatic writing is acceptable and that "Eon" is a novel one that requires multiple readings, somewhat like William Gibson's "Neuromancer".Read more ›
Deadly secret number one has to do with what the book's major characters will discover when they travel down the time-tunnel that forms one endless end of the interior of The Store, an asteroid that suddenly appears in our solar system one day and which contains relics of the future. Think 'Rendezvous with Rama' with the science ramped up several notches and the interest level ramped down by a similar amount.
Deadly secret number two has to do with the fact that this book was written at all: It probably shouldn't have been!
There are so many 'major' characters that all of them end up getting short shrift, with a consequent two-dimensionalism that makes them of no interest whatsover. We're never allowed to care about them.
There is so much 'hard science' that the speculations about possible anomalies in the space-time continuum overwhelm whatever small story idea was present in the first place. If I do say so myself, I am not an unintelligent reader. I'm no physicist, but I do know enough physics to enjoy the aforementioned Clarke book, and other hard science authors such as Larry Niven. But the physics in this book are so far over my head that I can't tell whether they're above or below me. In fact, I suspect they're a bit over the author's head, too.
My final complaint has to do with this author's fascination with
The End of the World as We Know It. In this and other books, he seems absolutely obsessed with the idea of blowing the world up in one way or another. If you don't mind, I think I'd rather blow up the book!
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In the continuing interregnum between Amazon orders, I decided to delve back in time to a book that left a lasting impression. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Willy Eckerslike
The absolutely blatent plagerizing of Arthur C. Clarke's "Rendevous With Rama" series aside, this book is a fairly healthy mix of harcore science fiction (heavy on the physics) and... Read morePublished on June 21 2004 by tj2k
Never having read Greg Bear before I wasn't sure what I had in store for me when I picked up Eon. A few chapters into the book I was about ready to give up on Mr. Bear. Read morePublished on May 12 2004 by B. K. Marshall
If anyone can make this book a film then maybe it is those Matrix guys but this would be a huge production if they did. Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2004 by whitedruid
This book was painted by him as a Great Science Fiction Novel. When it dried, it hung proud in the Gallery of the Greats, and I always remember it as a fabulous touchstone to the... Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2004
Wow! Great story and characters. Really sucked me in an wouldn't let go. Bear's imagination is seldom rivaled. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2003 by Jonathan S.
This book is fascinating. If you are into science, especially time and space related, consider this book. Read morePublished on Nov. 16 2003 by Randy Given
This is one of the worst books I have ever read in any genre. You could go on and on about the flaws in Eon, cardboard characters, stupid, old fashioned ideas (the cold war is... Read morePublished on Dec 30 2002