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Eon ✭ [PDF] ✪ Eon By Greg Bear ✺ – Dan verschijnt plotseling de Steen een geheimzinnige asteroïde van driehonderd kilometer lengte die zich in een baan om de Aarde nestelt Wetenschappers ontdekken dat de Steen is verdeeld in zeven reu Dan verschijnt plotseling de Steen een geheimzinnige asteroïde van driehonderd kilometer lengte die zich in een baan om de Aarde nestelt Wetenschappers ontdekken dat de Steen is verdeeld in zeven reusachtige kamers waarvan sommige complete bossen rivieren en zelfs hangende steden herbergen en een bibliotheek die de Dood beschrijft de laatste oorlog De zevende kamer bevat de uit mathematische stof opgebouwde Weg die in lengterichting oneindig is Deze Weg blijkt van levensbelang Voor Pavel Minski omdat de Weg de belofte van een verkenning tussen de sterren inhoudt Voor Gary Lanier en Judith Hoffman als een mogelijkheid om de Dood te voorkomen of als dat niet zal lukken een nieuwe wereld op te bouwen En voor Patricia Vasuez omdat de Weg een route belichaamt naar een parallel aarde Maar op de Weg wacht een nieuwe verschrikking een miljoen kilometer verderop.

10 thoughts on “Eon

  1. Dirk Grobbelaar Dirk Grobbelaar says:

    Review – ReduxThere should be a picture of Eon in the dictionary right next to “Sense of wonder SF”Reading this book was like listening to a complicated symphony Eon opens as a near future artifact or big dumb object tale largely inspired by Rendezvous With Rama The novel then progresses through a number of movements each mind numbing and awe inspiring than the previous It is therefore no great surprise that the book eventually evolves or devolves depending on your point of view from Hard Science Fiction to a form of Space Opera Then of course there is the grand finale which is really something else Like the early Uplift novels by David Brin Eon seems to be a bridge between old school and the new as far as Science Fiction is concerned I am by no means a buff Anyway I really enjoyed the novel It embodies what I have come to love about Sci Fi There was a lot about the novel I didn't understand at all but I was awed Another work I was reminded of while reading this was Ringworld Larry Niven It was a challenge to envision what I was reading but getting there is part of the thrillDespite the dated cold war politics which seems to be a grievance to some reviewers this book did not seem dated at all Considering the alternate universes and time lines being casually tossed about here that kind of thing shouldn’t even be an issue The focus did shift unexpectedly between characters from time to time but I felt that this was in tune with the way the novel was constructed Each new discovery leads to a new focus until the discoveries spiral out of control and the reader is left breathless and stunnedA novel as ambitious and complicated as this is bound to draw negative criticism I would never expect different However I would urge you to form your own opinion So if you enjoy artifacts in Science Fiction this is mandatory reading I have to agree with another reviewer there are moments when you have to put the book down and just stare into space assimilating This is an experience not a read Recommended Favourites

  2. Mario the lone bookwolf Mario the lone bookwolf says:

    ENGLISHClassic elements of the Sci Fi with a reminiscence to the cold war Hard science fiction with a well rising arc of suspense and many surprisesAt the time of the writing of the novel a continuation of the cold war in space was still a possible optionTime travel parallel universes megastructures in space and the continuation of aggressive territorial behavior in space are thematizedGERMANKlassische Elemente der Sci Fi mit einer Remineszenz an den kalten KriegHard Science Fiction mit einem gut steigenden Spannungsbogen und vielen ÜberraschungsmomentenZur damaligen Zeit war eine Fortführung des kalten Krieges im Weltraum noch eine mögliche OptionThematisiert werden Zeitreisen Paralleluniversen Megastrukturen im Raum und die Fortführung aggressiven Territorialverhaltens im Weltraum

  3. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    There's a thing in science fiction called the Big Dumb Object which always provokes awe and a sense of wonder and all that and Eon is all about one of those They're called big dumb objects because boys of all ages love them their eyes go all glazey thinking about the size power and size of these things and all the author has to do is make sure their alien object is really really big Works every time Boys love size – breasts penises brothers breakfasts all good as long as they're big So for instance Rama in Arthur Clarke's Rama books is one the Ringworld in Ringworld by Larry Niven is another the house in House of Leaves is one apparently there's a giant black hole known as the Unicron singularity in Transformers Cybertron so that's another and it goes on and on Every invasion of earth has a big dumb object in the sky called a spaceship So in Eon you get a big asteroid thing hanging up there in the sky which when they go and investigate they find it's bigger inside than it is outsideOooohProbably things that are bigger inside than they are outside are just metaphors for the human brainSo it's the house in House of Leaves which was the same house that was in House an old horror movie from 1986 only it's in the sky with scientists And plus when the scientists go and explore it or the guy in House of Leaves rides off on his bike to investigate the vastness of the House it's like when kids in stories find doors in trees or in the back of wardrobes and they get to explore a magical kingdom That part of it is probably all to do with sex when you think about it EeekI was a boy once and have never lost my liking for big dumb objects and secret doors and the frissons they can evoke

  4. Leo Robertson Leo Robertson says:

    Here's a parody of all the male written sci fi I abandonThey looked upon a very important object it had lines and was a colour She reached out and touched a thingWow said Russian Democratic Federal Leader of the Military Defence of the Milky Way Leader Tessa Baryshnikov There's a hole on this end and the otherThat's right said NATO official Chinese Democracy of the International Order of Space Division Center Third Division Demilitarised Antigravity Chief Steve JiaolongSo that must mean Schwartzfeld's theory of antimatter propulsion holds up in two dimensions for periods of time significant enough for five of string theory's folded dimensions to balance outAllowing the former owners of this vessel to travel across the universe using their own feet as a vectorIs this a novel or a fucking astrophysics lecture? she said exposing her breasts I catch on uickIt's bizarre right? he said taking out his hard prick We all seem to reach conclusions about this stuff around us based on very little evidence As far as Leo can see It seems to him that the author just makes us discover what he wants to be the case at an unnatural rate so he doesn't sacrifice pacing Like what did you say about that thing? It had two holes in it? Maybe that wasn't even significant What else is even in this room?They tried to picture it further but had nothing to go on so instead they had bad non seuiturial sex followed by an evening of his condescension of her Little did he know she would die tragically and barely understandably only 74 pages later

  5. Jimbo Jimbo says:

    Having read Blood Music and now Eon the impression I am getting of Greg Bear is that he has good ideas sets them up well but has no follow through and no idea how to end his stories I really enjoyed the first half of Eon mysteries and characters introduced and developed well and some convincing and tense action and politics I was convinced that Eon was going to be a really good read Perhaps it was these early high hopes that caused my later disappointmentAs the book progresses things seems to unravel The science behind the main premise of the story is presented in a reasonably convincing way but some of the other scientifictechnological advances are just silly and undermine the whole book top of the list of offenders being The Mystery which made me cringe in a way I haven't cringed since ui Gon Jinn explained the Force via midichlorians And Bear really should have stopped to find out what it is actually like being a mathematician before basing this story around a brilliantly gifted mathematician then he might have been able to do something a little convincing than have her lie down and close her eyes when it was time for her to work her magicTowards the end of the book the main characters completely lose control of the plot and seem to become little than observers in the story occasionally interjecting to point out that they understand in the case of the mathematical genius or don't understand in the case of everyone elseIt seemed that the end of this story was fixed about 100 pages before the end of novel except for the minor twist that I found hard to care about the main character dumped into a totally new and unresolved story arc Clear set up I presume for a seuel It was a page turner but only because I wanted to get through a long drawn out explanation of events unfolding exactly as had been previously predictedWhether you are looking for hard sci fi or space opera you'll probably be disappointed

  6. Mosca Mosca says:

    I've been amazed at the number of readers that have been so underwhelmed by Eon This astounding book was published in 1984 and did not anticipate the end of the Cold War only half a decade away Some say with self righteousness nurtured by hindsight that this is a major flaw in this book But most sleepwalking Americans at the time had no clue of the Eurasian and Eastern European realities of the times This is not Greg Bear’s fault It was and is the result of the political propaganda still alive fed to the public in large doses What is forgotten is that from the Cold War assumptions seen by the average contemporary 1984 world citizens however blind to the evident realities of RussianSoviet internal decay and near collapse— the times still presented a very very real global threat of planetary atomic annihilation Some folks today still argue that very similar very real threats of atomic annihilation fueled by other multi polar realities oil shortages water shortages cultural chauvinism etc still exist and never really went away And for that reason alone this book is still very contemporary In fact one can intelligently argue that mankind is still very very close to destroying itself in a number of frighteningly different ways The Cold War itself is immaterial to that threat of self destructionThe near collapse of mankind in the very near future is the premise of this book by Greg Bear This Hard Science Fiction or New Space Opera speculates along the lines where mathematics and physics intersect with time and alternate realities Greg Bear is not the superb master of characters and political speculation in which Ursula Le Guin Left Hand of Darkness excels nor is he a smooth story teller such as Ray Bradbury But Greg Bear has followed the traditional science fiction of Arthur C Clarke And on that path he excelsAnd in Eon he goes past Arthur C Clarke He shows us who this guy Greg Bear really is This book pulls the rug out from under the reader about 25% of the way into the reading; and I will not spoil that reality shift for youAnd then you are taken places you have never been

  7. Apatt Apatt says:

    Of course she said It's like touching the suare root of space time Try to enter the singularity and you translate yourself through a distance along some spatial coordinate You slide along Farley said Right I never tried touching the suare root of space time before so I cannot attest to whether it is in any way similar to trying to enter the singularity which I have also never attempted for some reason Still as an avid sci fi reader I like reading the odd bits of technobabble as long as they do not overwhelm the book to the point of rendering it unreadable I like how Greg Bear makes that bit of dialog sound as if it makes sense It’s just cool fits my conception of cool any way Eon is a classic sci fi book featuring one of the most beloved tropes of the genre the Big Dumb Object A gigantic alien construct that shows up in the vicinity of our Earth the origin or purpose of which is unknown It is interesting to compare Eon to Arthur C Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama Clarke’s book is all about the BDO and the group of characters’ exploration and adventures inside of it Explorations and adventures inside “The Stone” the name humans give to the gigantic asteroid shaped BDO are also featured in Eon but they constitute less than half of what this book is about The fate of Earth and humanity also become involved as the USA claim prior right to manage the exploration and studies of The Stone on account of being the first nation to discover its appearance This at a time when East West relations are already precarious and the Russians fear that the Americans would discover some kind of alien super weapon to gain global dominance Without wishing to go into details of the thrilling sci fi wonders on offer I will just vaguely mention that nuclear holocaust time travelling parallel universes posthumans and aliens all come into play Eon is uite well written and the characters are developed to some extent but they never really come alive for me perhaps there is too much plot and world building to cover to allow room to flesh out the characters The pacing is a little slow to begin with but gathers momentum to become uite the pager turner by the second half of the bookOver all Eon is really an ideal book for fans of hard science fiction and those of us looking to escape from our daily drudgery for a while There are two seuels and a short story which form The Way series I have not read those yet but Eon stands very well on its own as there is no cliff hanger to speak of Definitely worth the time

  8. Jack +Books & Bourbon+ Jack +Books & Bourbon+ says:

    Hmmmmwhat to say about Eon? UmmmmI finished it? Does that count? This was a selection for my local book club as recommended by one of the members The premise sounded interesting and so I jumped right in Andgood lordwhat a struggle I'll admit that the first 14th of the book captivated me The Stone was a cool mystery and the science behind it was deep and engaging But then the mysteries started being solved and the book became less interesting And as each new development happened I found that I cared less and less Look I don't want to take away anything from Greg Bear The dude can write the science part of speculative science fiction like nobody's business But the first chunk of the book is basically exposition in real time and most of what happens ultimately has little to no conseuence to the rest of the story The big cataclysmic event that takes place while our POV characters are on the Stone is so coldly rendered that it might as well have not even have happenedI commented to a fellow bookclub member that this book is very much a product of the time it was written In fact it feels like it should have been written in the late 80's than the mid 90's as the Cold War vibe is super strong and the Russian antagonists just felt like lazy storytelling Even when we were following events from the perspective of Russian soldiers it felt like a low budget 80's action movie where every villain was villainous for the sake of being villainous I might as well have been watching Red DawnAs for the POV characters themselves we head hop all over the board and though I finished the book less than two weeks ago I can't honestly remember any of the character's names I get the impression that the human POV characters here are secondary to the technology and the alien characters I never really connected with any of them and even when they were in danger I never really had an investment in their safety The only time I was ever invested was when the rogue intelligence was meddling in the affairs of our human protagonistsNow this book isn't all bad The technology is wonderfully thought out and described the whole concept of the Stone and the Way are amazing and Mr Bear isn't lacking for ideas This is a hell of a concept even so considering when it was first published I can see why it's made such an impact in the sci fi community Sadly I need than just grand ideas in my sci fi I need compelling characters who interact with the cool technology I need gravitas with my artificial gravity I need some actual drama And that was in my opinion sorely missing here Based on what I've read here I won't be revisiting this universe or charactersAnd yeah that's all I've got to say about Eon

  9. Ian Ian says:

    I loved this book as a teenageryoung adult in the 80's It was the awesomest thing I'd read to that point and it remained awesome in my memory I own a true first edition hardcover in fine condition—actually pretty rare especially in such good shape—and it will remain one of the prized pieces of my book collection for a long time Eon also will remain one of the seminal sci fi works of the late 20th Century In retrospect its influence on later works is clear its position as a pioneering work solid It helps that Greg Bear is a physicist and mathematician and his knowledge impelled him to make use of modern theoretical physics in ways that previous sci fi authors couldn’t but which every subseuent author would attempt to emulate and tune to their own songs The world building—and here I must ualify I mean in the Thistledown asteroid—is fabulous For those of you who haven't read Eon the asteroid appears in our solar system from another universe one closely paralleling our own and enters orbit around Earth We send people to investigate and discover seven hollowed out chambers full of cities forests mountains deserts and machinery The great wonder—which you uickly discover so I'm not really spoiling anything—is that the seventh chamber goes on forever Re reading this book I felt like I was entering through the bore hole for the first time and experiencing the asteroid anew I was there in the Thistledown one of the team ready to explore and learn and add to scientific knowledge and grow closer to myself and my teammates Then when the war came I felt the anguish and grief of The Death; I thought deeply about the horrors of nuclear weapons and the devastation they will someday bringAnd yes if you're wondering I do believe that nuclear weapons so long as we allow them to exist pose a very real threat to the survival of our civilization No weapon is ever designed not to be used If nuclear weapons are never again used it's because they've either been destroyed or superseded by something horribleComing back down from my soapbox Greg Bear's writing was very satisfying for me when I was younger He conveys information effectively dreams up creative storylines and knows how to keep a plot moving Now having expanding my reading tastes—and ability—to a much broader spectrum of styles and authors I find Bear's style a bit grating Not too grating to read but enough to make me chafe like rubbing your palm on very fine sandpaper Still reading it again now I thoroughly enjoyed Eon through the first 250 or so pages The plot was interesting and moved uickly The characters were a little too obvious a little to best seller shallow for my taste but they fit their environment and had plausible motivations and actionsThen somewhere between page 250 and 300 things settled down The story plateaued Many mysteries were solved most plot points wrapped up The mysteries and plot points that remained unresolved were to me not so interesting any The world building became estranged even contrived though that may be a bit too harsh It became about the characters than the plot Now let's make sure we're on the same page here I love character studies I'm okay with a slow moving plot full of interesting characters But as I noted above the characters in Eon aren't that interesting They make sense but there's no real mystery to them not enough depth to explore and so became predictable Slow plot predictable characters BoRingHowever even given the flaws and failings I'm still glad I re read Eon It showed me how far my reading taste has evolved over the last 20 years It helped me appreciate Eon in a way I couldn't as a young man for the original work that it was Re reading Eon also was a nostalgic experience helping me connect with my younger self the self that developed a passion for sci fi largely because of Eon and others of Greg Bear's novels So its flaws notwithstanding Eon will retain is awesomest status in my memories

  10. Simon Simon says:

    Imagine an alternate history in which the cold war hadn't ended in 1989 and had instead continued to intensify And to add fuel to the fire a mysterious object arrived in our solar system from who knows where that America gets to first and controls access to If the Soviets believed the Americans were learning secrets that would give them an edge tensions might escalate out of hand But it isn't giving the Americans a technological edge only offers confounding mysteries and a devestating vision of their future that they seem powerless to avoidThis book paradoxically seemed both too long and too short The overall story arc should either have been compressed down to a novel half the length or else fleshed out over two or three volumes The sheer number of characters minor story arcs and mind boggling concepts explored was too much for a single book Many of which could have been stripped out of the overall story without losing anything particularly important On the other hand time could have been allowed to develop the many characters and their own story lines the esoteric concepts carefully explored if it was spread out over several books Thus it might be said it falls between two stools In particular the last hundred pages or so was devoid of narrative tension as the story trundled to what seemed it's innevitable conclusionAnother problem I had was visualising everything as it was described I don't know if it was the author's use of words that made it difficult for me or if it was the sheer amount and complexity of strange environments technologies and geometries presented to the reader to get their head around Perhaps some maps schematic diagrams and a glossary of characters might have been useful for referenceThat said this was a visionary ambitious work of SF that was crammed full of ideas which is precisely what SF should be doing With a bit better writing and editing this might have fulfilled it's potential to be the masterpiece it was trying to be

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