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  • Series: Eon (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Science Fiction (October 15, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812520475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812520477
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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YA In the year 2000, a huge potato-shaped asteroid, nicknamed the Stone by Americans, appears in orbit around the earth. Exploration shows that it is divided into seven man-made, hollowed-out chambers, indicating that it had been inhabited. Scientists discover that it was built by Earth people, but in the far distant future, and that a nuclear war is imminent. It becomes crucial that theoretical mathematician Patricia Vasquez discover why the former habitants left and where they went. Although Eon is far too long, its story of futuristic cities and life forms stirs the imagination. Readers travel to worlds where humans may exist as memories in the City Memory Bank, corporeal representatives (ghosts) or incarnations. Other humanoid life forms also exist, and in an amazing array of shapes, from snake-like creatures to floating blobs. Bear's creativity provides a richness to an intricate, complex plot. It's unfortunate that the length may deter all but the most avid sci/fi fans. Pam Spencer, Mount Vernon High School Library, Fairfax, Va.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Sharing aspects of Calrke's Rendevouz with Rama, its uniqueness arises from bear's bold imagination. Bear is a writer of passionate vision. Eon is his grandest work yet."--Locus

"Eon may be the best constructed hard SF epic yet."--The Washington Post

More About the Author

Greg Bear is the author of more than thirty books, spanning thrillers, science fiction, and fantasy, including Blood Music, Eon, The Forge of God, Darwin's Radio, City at the End of Time, and Hull Zero Three. His books have won numerous international prizes, have been translated into more than twenty-two languages, and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Over the last twenty-eight years, he has also served as a consultant for NASA, the U.S. Army, the State Department, the International Food Protection Association, and Homeland Security on matters ranging from privatizing space to food safety, the frontiers of microbiology and genetics, and biological security.

Customer Reviews

Well, I can't fault Greg Bear for his imagination.
I've long been a casual fan of Science Fiction and read many of the hits, but not until I read Greg Bear did I really understand the term 'Hard Sci-Fi'.
Christopher Allman
There are far too many characters to care one whit about any of them.
J. Dooley

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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By L. Rodney Ford on March 31, 2002
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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.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 14, 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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Q. Young on December 19, 2000
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 1999
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This book should have been called "Opus" and not Eon. It is the greatest piece of fiction that I have read, and I read about 60 books a year.
It has all of the elements that could be hoped for in a Novel. Plot, suspense until the last page, complex characters in a complex universe.
In terms of speculative fiction, it has it all: hard science, incredible imagination, alternative history, ponderings about our future evolution, and more. Read it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Utah Blaine on July 12, 2006
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This story describes the sudden appearance of an asteroid into the Solar system during the Cold War. The US (and allies) sends teams of scientists and soldiers to explore and secure the asteroid, which is hollow and filled with cities and advanced technology. It turns out that the original creators of the asteroid are descendants of Earthmen, and the explorers find the historical record of a cataclysmic war that will take place several years after the appearance of the asteroid after which humanity will be reduced to barbarism. This is really only the beginning of the story, and it turns out that there is more to the asteroid than meets the eye, of course, as forces both internal and external begin to shape the destinies of the characters. The story proceeds along several different threads and follows the events from several perspectives. There are definitely some similarities between this book and Clarke's `Rendezvous with Rama', although the exploration stage really only presents a minor subtext to the plot in the first 100 pages or so. This story lacks the gravitas and mystery of `Rama'; it is not a story that one will remember forever. It is probably more comparable to the Giants Novels of James Hogan or the work of Hal Clement. There is a little bit of space opera, some contact with greatly advanced civilizations and `aliens' (that are well fleshed out and have an interesting political and cultural system described in detail), bureaucratic intrigue, and political maneuvering. There are several things I really liked about this story. Bear makes good use of basic physics combined with some speculative ideas about time travel, alternate universes, and the space-time continuum.Read more ›
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