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Eternity Mass Market Paperback – 2 Oct 2007

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st Tor Ed edition (2 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765357771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765357779
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.9 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 246,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A powerful, imaginative novel. "Library Journal on Eon" Bear pictures Axis City, and everything else for that matter, with astonishing clarity....Bear's grasp is unfaltering, his control over the ramifying implications of his tale nearly perfect...."Eon" may be the best constructed hard sf epic yet. "Washington Post Book World on Eon" The only word for it really is blockbuster....it is big and breathtaking; the story and the concepts are ambitious to the point of mind boggling. "Isaac Asimov's SF Magazine on Eon""

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Sequel to the classic space opera EON - a groundbreaking SF classic. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Sequel to best selling hard sci-fi novel Eon, set some forty years later. Following the Sundering (the separation of the Way from the asteroid starship Thistledown) 40 years earlier, Earth and the Hexamon (the future society of humanity) are not getting along. The `Old Natives' of Earth resent being treated like children by their descendants from the future, and in the long aftermath of the Death (the nuclear war that decimated Earth) want to be left alone to their own devices to recover as they see fit, which the Hexamon will not allow. Meanwhile, the Hexamon itself is beginning to weary of Earth, with its quagmire of need and excesses of misery and is somewhat homesick for the Way, the incredible world it left behind with the Sundering. But when Pavel Mirsky - the former `Old Native' Russian leader who opted to travel down the Way with half of the Hexamon's Axis City and its citizens just before the Sundering 40 years earlier and who with these citizens was forever separated from our universe - makes an impossible appearance on Earth, having returned from the end of time and space as an avatar and makes a startling request of the Hexamon, the political winds that this stirs up will lead to revolution, a terrible encounter with old enemies and the necessity of some old loyal servants of the Hexamon betraying the very Hexamon to fulfill higher duties. Meanwhile, in a parallel universe, on a parallel Earth (Gaia), Rhita Vaskayza, 21-year-old granddaughter of Patricia Vasquez (the mathematical genius whose theories led to the creation of the Way) seeks to fulfill her grandmother's wishes, searching for her grandmother's home universe and Earth using the extraordinary device known only as a clavicle. But will she find it... or enter into a nightmare?Read more ›
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After randomly buying eon for no apparent reason, reading it twenty-four hours (non-stop, with no sleep) I was immediately engrossed by the vastness and scale of the universe Bear had created. When I learnt of a sequal I made it my mission to hunt it down and read it. I was not dissapointed. Greg Bear has created such an incredible world that you cannot be anything but amazed by every aspect of it. When I first read the books I was daunted by the complexity of the physics, it is true that a degree in theoretical in physics has haelped in my comprehension, but anyone with a little imagination should not be troubled by Bear's fantastic universe. The best thing about the book is it's developement of the characters of the original inhabitants of Thistledown and the Way, providing a nice view of humanity, thousands of years in the future.
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First thing, Amazon has the book order mixed up. This is volume 2, following from Eon, volume 1. Fans will already know this. Nowbies are highly advised to read Eon first as this one won't make sense otherwise. Unlike many sequels, it does not contain a precis of the first volume in the opening chapter.

As sequels go, it is fluently written and expands on storylines started in the original, after a pause of 40 years book time. However it does not actually contain anything new, at least not in the way a new science fiction novel should tread the threashold of what-might-be. It simply uses all the ideas from volume one, shuffles them, and throws them out in a new order. It's a very good read though, so worth investigating (after reading Eon). The third book in the trilogy is unrelated and unreadable so avoid it.
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By A Customer on 26 Mar. 2001
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Eternity, the sequel to the classic Eon, is well worth reading. Although it gets off to a bit of a slow start, it soon warms up, with many of Eon's mind-boggling concepts present. The ending is mind-blowing! If you enjoyed Eon, you should read Eternity for sure.
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I read the first instalment of the Thistledown series a few years ago and although I never got round to reading the sequel until now, it was an unforgettable experience reading Greg Bear's Eon.
This fitting and perfect sequel leads you on an enthralling, wondrous, mesmerising journey keeping you engaged in the story with every word and every page. A truly grand and visionary work, I personally view it as "Eon - part 2"!!!! If you haven't, you simply must read this work from an exceptional imagination!!!!!!!! Authors like Bear are rare in this world.
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By A Customer on 8 Sept. 2000
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It seems Eon was just a prequel for an idea here. This book is absolutely outstanding and is second only to LOTR in my opinion.
When i read this book, at one point i had to put it down, because the twist the story takes just took my breath away. BUY IT NOW
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Greg Bear always delights his readers - IN this volume, he leaves behind those Scifi writers and takes huge intuitive leaps proving he is the face of SciFi for the twenty-first century. It tells us of Thstledown, an asteroid of the future; Gaia, a parallel reality where Alexander the Great's Empire has persisted for two thousand years; The Way - an infinite corridor through space and time which traverses and encompasses different universes.This huge novel pulls together the strands of these mysteries in a book that goes beyond all frontiers!

I could not put it down, do give it a chance. Eternity
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