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Eon (Eon, 2) (English Edition)
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Eon (Eon, 2) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Greg Bear
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Perhaps it wasn't from our time, perhaps it wasn't even from our universe, but the arrival of the 300-kilometer long stone was the answer to humanity's desperate plea to end the threat of nuclear war. Inside the deep recesses of the stone lies Thistledown: the remnants of a human society, versed in English, Russian and Chinese. The artifacts of this familiar people foretell a great Death caused by the ravages of war, but the government and scientists are unable to decide how to use this knowledge. Deeper still within the stone is the Way. For some the Way means salvation from death, for others it is a parallel world where loved ones live again. But, unlike Thistledown, the Way is not entirely dead, and the inhabitants hold the knowledge of a present war, over a million miles away, using weapons far more deadly than any that mankind has ever conceived. 

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1305 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 512 pages
  • Editeur : Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (1 avril 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00J3EU5RC
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In the continuing interregnum between Amazon orders, I decided to delve back in time to a book that left a lasting impression. I first read this book way back in 1987 when I was half my current age and, having cut my teeth on the works of the early masters of the genre, the contemporary freshness and variation on the Rama theme really fired my imagination.

At first, reading it again might not have been that great an idea. The cold-war politics with squeaky-clean liberally-minded Yanks and Russian state machinery automata seem now to be naïve caricatures and it is always a mistake to mention future dates; 2005 may have seemed a long time ahead back in 1987 but now… it’s all a bit Tomorrow’s World. Some of the technological references also give the book a very dated feel (e.g. booking processor time on the mainframe!), but Bear wasn’t too short of the mark predicting the near ubiquitous hand-held tablet (mind you, I think Star Trek got there first).

It’s an odd book, this one; the first half is slow and almost painfully dated but then as soon as Ser Olmy enters the narrative things really get going. The Frant, Jart & Talsit races and the Naderite / Geshel politics in the still futuristic Axis City as it rides the singularity down The Way are as original today as they were back then. The latter half of the book rattles along at a cracking pace and, getting to the end I’m glad that I read it again. So much so that I really fancy staying back in my long-lost youth and re-reading Eternity. That, however, is not going to happen until the next inter-Amazon order vacuum as the latest one has just arrived.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting Fiction from the End of the Cold War 1 avril 2002
Par L. Rodney Ford - Publié sur
Besides being a very entertaining and somewhat epic near-future space adventure, Greg Bear's novel "Eon", having been published in 1985, will likely be very interesting to anyone old enough to have experienced and appreciated the last years of the Cold War in the 1980s.
It was somewhat serendipitous that I came to read "Eon". I found myself away from home with no reading plans. I visited a comic book store that had some used books for sale. This book "Eon" appeared to be the best of the available sci-fi and the price was only [amount]. I am now very pleased that I happened up on this bargain.
In "Eon", after some interesting fireworks just outside our solar system, an asteroid with some very strange characteristics mysteriously settles into a neat orbit around the Earth and its moon. The surface of the asteroid indicates intelligent activity in its past and investigators find some very interesting things inside. Because I greatly enjoyed Greg Bear's slow revelation of it in the story, I will say no more about the contents of the asteroid.
I enjoyed the technical descriptions of interesting space (and other) technology in this novel, and I found the strong and romantic personalities of the several main characters refreshing. However, the characteristic of this novel that I found most interesting and thought-provoking was the tension in the story that was brought about by the Cold War context.
In 1985, when this novel was written, I was 20 years old - old enough to have experienced the Cold War and participated in "the mindset" associated with it. Reading "Eon" was quite a flashback experience for me. It was fascinating to me to realize how much my mindset has changed since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the U.S.S.R. Even writing those names here evokes strong memories and strange emotions.
Reading the novel now, nearly 20 years later, I think I realize much of what the author was trying to convey. The context difference offered by science fiction stories often helps authors to make something seem obvious that would not seem obvious in the normal real context. I think the author was trying to indicate to Cold War participants of the time how difficult it is for individuals and collectives to correctly prioritize ideas and activities with regard to their self-interest. In other words, compare the priorities of the participants of the Cold War with that of human survival. I don't know that I would have fully realized those things had I read the book when it was first published.
Reading "Eon" was, for the reasons stated above, a very interesting experience for me. If you are old enough to have experienced even a portion of the Cold War, reading "Eon" will likely be an interesting experience for you, too.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Greatest ever, IMO 26 février 2012
Par Riley - Publié sur
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I read a lot of books, most of them over and over again. I think because I read so much that I forget most of the books I've read, which is okay because then I get to read them again some day down the road. EON was not like that for me. EON I read once, sat down and read it again. And I've never touched it again, because I remember it.

A warning though, this thing is EPIC, there are a lot of characters, and a lot of ideas. It also totally blew my mind at the end, but If you are looking for some light reading this isn't it. If you are up for a serious but entertaining piece of science fiction check this out.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A fantastic journey! 14 novembre 1997
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This extraordinary well-written book is probably one of the best in its genre. Here, the author Greg Bear, describes absolute impossible situations and possibilities in a such a detailed and convincing way that even a skeptic would believe it. Science-fiction books are often too imaginative to an extent that they border to total fiasco. However, this book succeeds in containing both imagination and fantasy without loosing its credibility. In fact, as you read, you will not question the secrets nor the tecniques being exposed to you. And this in a fully normal world, like the one you and I live in right now. The story may seem tame - a steroid is beeing discovered and later examined by a selected group of scientists and technicians. While exploring the "Potato", as they refer to it, the group slowly finds evidence that witness of an earlier population. And the mysteriouses keep growing. Who were they? Where are they now? Do we live in somebodys elses future and is our destiny already predestined? This book awakes your curiosity and will not leave you satisfied until you have read it all. And even after the book is finished, you will still be left with the erge to know more. Only one little detail makes this fabolous book annoying - you will have to read it over and over again to fully understand all the technical details described in it. Time-consuming, but definitely worth it!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of the few books I read over again! 21 février 2012
Par Lonnie R. West - Publié sur
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Greg Bear, and specifically Eon, opened the door to "realistic" sci-fi for me. You know how some people will roll their eyes when you say you like science fiction? It's because they are thinking of those kinds of stories that are so far removed from life as we know it as to seem almost cartoonish. That's the stuff I read (and admit, still love!) before Eon happened to me.

Eon was the first sci-fi novel I read that came out of the box reading like a relevant current-day thriller or political drama and slowly pulled you into the future. The story and characters are brilliant, and the science is very believable. Even as you are whisked down the timeline of human evolution, it makes sense because you already see society changing as technology influences it.

This novel has haunted me for years, and I return to visit it from time to time. It's not just a story: it feels like a real place that I've been before and in some odd way, almost homesick for.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Bear had vision... 20 décembre 2000
Par C. Q. Young - Publié sur
Eon is a book ahead of it's time. Bear painted a picture of mankind becoming dependent on computers and implants, personal data pillars in dwellings, libraries without books, massive use of holography (WAAAAAAAAAAYYY before the holodeck) and other things that our modern life reflects as an almost certainty for our future. Bear shows a future technology that I would love to experience. I know that some of the "history" is dated, but you might look at it from the point of view of the story as one possible time line, not necessarily our own.
It is also interesting to ponder just how marvelously the humans on the Thistledown adapt and thrive in their confined space, and create a world of peace, beauty and eventually god-like technology through hard work and ingenuity.
I didn't care for all the political ideas presented in the book, but I guess that Bear was trying to bring some balance to the story.
Overall, I would highly reccommend this story to sci-fi fans. Others, read it at your discretion, but keep an open mind and try to imagine the scope of the genius of the best two characters in the story...Thistledown and The Way.
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