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It moves into an eccentric near-Earth orbit where the rival polities of Earth each try to claim this mysterious object. Coming back down from my soapbox … Greg Bear's writing was very satisfying for me when I was younger.

The sheer number of characters, minor story arcs, and mind boggling concepts explored was too much for a single book. At the time of the writing of the novel, a continuation of the cold war in space was still a possible option.

Dave Langford wrote in 1987: "this is impressive SF on the most colossal scale, where the concepts are bigger than universes but human beings still matter desperately. I get the impression that the human POV characters here are secondary to the technology and the alien characters. The seventh chamber is the start of a tube much larger than the asteroid it appears to be inside of -- in fact, as far as anyone can tell, it is infinite. I didn't care too much for any given character but that often doesn't bother me as I'm more interested in the worldbuilding (tech, history etc). Eon opens as a near future artifact, or big-dumb-object, tale largely inspired by Rendezvous With Rama.

This article may contain an excessive amount of intricate detail that may interest only a particular audience. So yes, highly interesting turn of events that were packed in writing that was suspenseful from the first to the last page. The go-to real review is Dirk Grobbelaar's 5-star, conveniently located at the head of the pack below.

The first half of this book is pretty compelling in a Cold-War never ended reality, where the two sides are bickering over a planetary object, 'The Stone', that has come to orbit the Earth. On the other hand, more time could have been allowed to develop the many characters and their own story lines, the esoteric concepts more carefully explored if it was spread out over several books. It eases us into the WOW factor, the awe, and then changes tacks several times in the telling, giving us more. Imagine an alternate history in which the cold war hadn't ended in 1989 and had instead continued to intensify.

Discover the joy of reading with us, your trusted source for affordable books that do not compromise on quality. It's overwhelming the way I love to be overwhelmed by authors like Stephen Baxter, Kim Stanley Robinson, Cixin Liu, and even Adrian Tchaikovsky. Many SF authors have incredible technical imagination but for some that does not translate into visionary political views. I missed this novel back in my heyday of reading sci-fi, no idea why, so just thought that I would catch up on what is a widely respected classic. The idea of an asteroid in space which turns out to be more than that is not new, but Greg Bear managed to turn it into a unique idea.I messed with it to be able to insert the read more tag where I wanted it, it would only insert after the copied text. 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. Everything starts as a mysterious asteroid enters Earth orbit, and an expedition sent by the west discovers that it was built by humans of the future and somehow sent back in time unintentionally.

For example, Patricia is supposed to be a brilliant mathematician whose theories precede those that enable the construction of the Stone’s seventh chamber and the Way.Hexamon technology is also able to reconstruct the bodies of the humans from 21st century, as the Soviet commander Mirsky discovers—when he is fatally shot in the head by his rivals during a confrontation in one of the libraries, the Stone's automatic defense and repair systems are triggered by this act of violence. The detailed description of how to open a new doorway just hammers home the point of scale: a single millimeter along the infinite Way can open numerous very different universes. The portrayal of the Russians is incredibly stereotypical, and Bear never misses a chance to beat the reader over the head with the message that communism was wrong and the U. DJ has a crease along top front cover and a vertical crease through left 1/3 of front cover and same on rear cover. In the near future when human kind is, once again, on the brink of total self-destruction, when The Stone arrives.

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