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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.
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
I got up to around 100 pages before I put this book down. The premise sounded good and I liked the potential conflict with the Soviets over the strange asteroid that settled in... Read morePublished on July 25 2002 by John J. Rust