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Eon: Eon: Book Two

Eon: Eon: Book Two [Kindle Edition]

Greg Bear
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"Sharing aspects of Calrke's "Rendevouz with Rama", its uniqueness arises from bear's bold imagination. Bear is a writer of passionate vision. "Eon "is his grandest work yet."--"Locus"

""Eon" may be the best constructed hard SF epic yet."--"The Washington Post"

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¿A triumph of soaring imagination and huge detail. The science fiction novel of the year¿ DAILY MAIL

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 640 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Gateway (5 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0079SSOBS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,439 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Science: Great Characters. Works on all levels 24 April 2003
Although 'Blood Music' received more attention from the SF community , this is probably the book in which Bear set the standard for his subsequent work.
It's Hard SF/Big Science at its hardest, and in one sense can be seen as a 'Rendezvous with Rama' for the Nineteen Eighties.
Bear should also be applauded for his portrayal of female characters as in this and subsequent novels he places strong female characters centre-stage, in this case, Patricia Luis Vasquez, a young gifted physics student who is drafted in to solve the mysteries of the Stone and becomes important to the plans of all the factions involved.
The plot involves some complex physics and the concept of parallel universes.
It is always interesting to look at authors' views of the future once that future is past and gone. Written in 1985, Bear's future world has become a kind of 'alternate future' since perhaps no-one could have predicted that the abrupt fall of the USSR and the smashing down of the Berlin wall. Here, the USSR is still a superpower, and the Cold War very much alive.
Bear cleverly sets up the East/West ideological divides while Nuclear War destroys the Earth in the background, before bringing in the people of Earth's future. They live in Axis City, a vast mobile habitat which roams 'The Way' (the corridor which stretches along the infinity of parallel Universes) and which is itself divided along ideological lines between radical Geshels and orthodox Naderites.
It's a compelling and scientifically convincing novel, and one of Bear's best.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Complex but striking 16 Aug 2002
By P. Sanders VINE VOICE
When I read a little about "Eon" I was intrigued... a hollowed-out asteroid, infinitely large on the inside, it sounded fascinating, and the size promised an epic scope.
And by and large, this is what you get. The book is full of interesting and largely sympathetic characters, with a supporting cast probably in the hundreds. The story is fascinating and I plan to read the two sequels soon.
However, sometimes Bear's descriptive passages become so technical that I actually found it hard to visualise what he was describing (eg: the first visit to the singularity). Also, some of the scientific theory is very complex, but thrown at you and then left for you to try and decipher. I admire authors who use serious science, but I am not ashamed to admit that sometimes I need a helping hand understanding it!
But - this (and the somewhat rushed ending) did not stop me enjoying the breathtaking scope of the mysterious Stone and the adventures of those exploring it. Good fun, but be ready to work at it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This hard science fiction novel tells the story of a large asteroid that suddenly appears in orbit around the earth, leading scientists to go and study it. What they discover is that the interior of the asteroid has been hollowed out into seven chambers by beings from elsewhere. In some of the chambers are abandoned cities. In one of these cities is a library with historical reports from the future that foretell cataclysm on the earth in the near future. And - the greatest mystery of all - the asteroid is bigger on the inside than the outside because the seventh chamber of the asteroid doesn't actually end: it goes on forever. To help to try to understand the Stone (what the asteroid comes to be called) and decipher its mysteries the US government's advisor to the President Judith Hoffman calls upon the services of young mathematical genius Patricia Vasquez whose mathematical theories just might hold the key to saving the earth. Assigned to look after her is Hoffman's chief administrator Garry Lanier, who has been struggling to cope with the Stone and the impossible things it contains. But unbeknownst to Garry and Patricia, the future is calling (quite literally), and it will change them - and all the book's characters - forever...

Comments: this book was a funny one. It was hard to put down because it has an excellent plot but the book was also flawed because it was hard to visualize much of the fantastical world that the author Bear was describing because the language used was so technical. Part of the enjoyment for me of science fiction like this is visualizing strange new worlds so this detracted quite a bit from my enjoyment of the book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, but dated 22 April 2009
When the Stone arrives in a elongated orbit around Earth the first thought is of alien visitors. However, when NATO is the group to arrive and enter the asteroid they discover something even stranger - it was built by Humanity over 1000 years ago. After exploration it is revealed that there are seven chambers within the Stone, some containing cities, some machinery, but the seventh chamber - the Corridor - is the strangest of all as it is much larger than it should be - the end is yet to be found.

With growing hostilities on Earth between the west and Russia, the signs towards a nuclear holocaust are becoming more and more apparent. With this echoed on board the Stone with the Russian scientists kept in the dark about the more unique features found within it, a showdown is inevitable. Not only this, but the recorded history in the libraries of Thistledown City put the first strike at mere weeks.

While all this is going on a descendant of humanity, Olmy, has returned to Thistledown from Axis City, a million kilometers down the corridor, to observe the new arrivals. What he sees is Patricia Vasquez getting surprisingly closer to unraveling the secrets of both the sixth chamber with its machines and the apparently infinite corridor of the seventh chamber. Due to her intellect Ormy intervenes and takes her to Axis City where the rest of humanity now resides in its many forms. With ever impending crises facing both current and future generations, fate will lead each to their destiny, wherever it may be.

While I usually read much more recent releases, this is the second 'classic' SF book I've picked up this year. I've wanted to get a good look at what the pre-90's have to offer for a while now and I'm picking and choosing what I've heard good things about.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read read it in one day you must buy it
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Sarah J. Tancred
3.0 out of 5 stars Readable narrative, formularistic approach to blockbuster novels
Written in 1985, this novel is set in 2005, so readers today will have to make a few mental adjustments and add 20 to every date indicated, or it just falls apart. Read more
Published 3 months ago by F. M. Havicon
2.0 out of 5 stars Some big ideas but bad writing
For the first half of the book I was enjoying the fascinating ideas (spoilers): cities built within an asteroid, and the mystery of the endless tunnel. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kublai
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite Rama, but rewarding
A good read, but I missed the weirdness and alieness of Clarke's Rama here.
If you like a 'Hard' sci fi story along with an interesting Cold War apocalypse ( written early... Read more
Published 13 months ago by nicholas etheridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I read this many years ago and loved it. Now I'm rediscovering just how good it is. Some bits may seem a bit dated (our not so recent history) but the concept is wonderful.
Published 15 months ago by allen baird
5.0 out of 5 stars Great non fantasy sci fi
Beautifuly written and a wonderful read. Encorporates a lot of styles of novel. Charactor based but driven by the themes and plot. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good ideas, unengaging writing
The writing style, particularly the awkward and confusing description of place, failed to draw me in to the story. Characters were mostly unengaging. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jaqaan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, very imaginative!
First encountered Bear in reading the Mongoliad series which is co-authors with Stephenson and others, and liked it. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Lugus Luna
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Ideas, a bit dated but well written
I've been trying to catch up on some older SF classics and this series seemed like a good place to start. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Rory O'Keeffe
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking read
This is a great book it doesn't suffer from much in the way it is written if taken in the context it was not written yesterday.

Published 22 months ago by Blue Card
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