Eon Hardcover – Jul 1985
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From School Library Journal
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.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.
“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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
The first two-thirds of this book kept me up at nights devouring each page. However, the book takes a sharp turn into left field when it turns to the culture who actually built the Stone. If you are not a hard-core sci-fi/fantasy reader, this is where you'll start to get completely lost in all the jargon and trying to keep up with the myriad of technological wonders that are introduced. For example, the author throws about 20 complex names of people at you (that are all similar in their makeup) over and over that you try to keep up with thinking they might be important to the story. Alas, it turns out that 19 of them weren't pivotal or even necessary to the flow of the story. It's as if the author wanted to see how many esoteric names he could come up with.
Also, alot of the technology is hard to grasp and yet is covered in the book as if it were common knowledge. I'm sure this is a great book for the really hard-core sci-fi fans, but I would caution the casual sci-fi readers to stay away and instead read a book by Stephen Baxter, such as Moonseed or Titan
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 ›
Most recent customer reviews
An excellent beginning to a series, yes, but complete in itself too. Fascinatingly imagined technology and peoples, with a promise of more to come. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Rob Stevenson
Nothing seems to happen, found the story boring. I like more action than is in this book so far.Published 1 month ago by FJ
Very imaginative story - the cold war era stuff is a little dated by now, but the rest is simply superb.Published 2 months ago by Glenner
A good read. Still reading it so not able to give it five stars but that could change depending on the ending.Published 2 months ago by P. B.12
Sci-Fi at it's best. Good story line throughout and excellent characters telling their tales of the good and bad of humanity flowing from past to future.Published 2 months ago by Wayne Christensen
I have read this sci-fi book with great interest and attention since the author has gone to great length to expound on her vision. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Karl_
I could hardly put it down, the story really gets a grip on you and ends on a very hopeful note.Published 2 months ago by Paul Haslem