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Eon by Greg Bear
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Eon (edition 2014)

by Greg Bear (Author)

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The 21st century was on the brink of nuclear confrontation when the 300 kilometer-long stone flashed out of nothingness and into Earth's orbit. NASA, NATO, and the UN sent explorers to the asteroid's surface...and discovered marvels and mysteries to drive researchers mad. For the Stone was from space--but perhaps not "our "space; it came from the future--but perhaps not "our" future; and within the hollowed asteroid was Thistledown. The remains of a vanished civilization. A "human"--English, Russian, and Chinese-speaking--civilization. Seven vast chambers containing forests, lakes, rivers, hanging cities... And museums describing the Death; the catastrophic war that was about to occur; the horror and the long winter that would follow. But while scientists and politicians bickered about how to use the information to stop the Death, the Stone yielded a secret that made even Earth's survival pale into insignificance.… (more)
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Title:Eon
Authors:Greg Bear (Author)
Info:Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (2014), Edition: Reprint, 480 pages
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Eon by Greg Bear (Author)

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Tja, weet eigenlijk niet wat ik van dit boek moet zeggen.

Greg Bear is over het algemeen een goede SF schrijver, maar zelfs bij het einde van dit boek kon ik nog steeds niet echt in het verhaal komen. Ligt dat aan mij, of aan de schrijver. Boek had niet echte spanning, en was verwarrend. Toch geef ik 2 sterren, in de hoop dat het volgende deel mij meer zal boeien.

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Net als bij het eerste keer lezen kan ik ook nu niet tot een andere conclusie komen, dit boek was het dus niet. Jammer. ( )
  EdwinKort | Oct 18, 2019 |
I like a lot of Bear's books, and this one was no exception. What I really loved about it was the Russian / American "cold war" kind of motif running through much of it while putting that storyline in an entirely new environment. Some of the themes seemed unnecessary (neo-humans of various types, for example), and Bear seems to like to push Heinlein-esque views on psychology and sexuality as natural progressions which while I might not argue, sometimes also feel unnecessary.

Either way, this was an epic story that seemed mostly well contained in this book. I'll be quite interested to see how he follows it up in the series! ( )
  Mactastik | Sep 4, 2019 |
Written in 1985, Eon is set in the futuristic world of 2005. The United States and the Soviet Union are at each other’s throats and about to bring the world to nuclear disaster. An asteroid filled with evidence of a mind-bending alternate human future arrives in Earth’s atmosphere. Does the squabble over the asteroid help to bring about nuclear disaster or was it in our fate? Like a lot of hard science fiction, I had fun reading the discovery and clash of civilizations. Once the nitty gritty of trying to save the world gets under way, my interest flags. Bear does a wonderful job with female characters, something many of his hard SF peers struggle with. ( )
  Seafox | Jul 24, 2019 |
Luin kirjan englanniksi sen ilmestyessä yli 30 vuotta sitten; nyt sattumalta uudestaan suomeksi. Nostalgista. #Scifi avautuu joskus paremmin äidinkielellä. Teknologiautiopia, joka samalla purkaa turhaa #teknologiaoptimismi’a. ( )
  RistoZ | May 22, 2019 |
This is unbelievably awesome! What a story! I listened to the audio version which was very well done. I want to read it again in print, because a lot of my listening is done while exercising and it's easy to miss things in the book. I've purchased the complete series in ebook. My plan is to read the other books and then go back and read Eon again. ( )
  ajlewis2 | Jul 11, 2018 |
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Bear, GregAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Miller, RonCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rudnicki, StefanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Russo, CarolCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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L'envoi: "Unless you know where you are, you don't know who you are." --Wendell Barry
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For Poul and Karen with much appreciation and love.
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"It's going into a wide elliptical Earth orbit," Judith Hoffman said.
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