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Eon Mass Market Paperback – October 15, 1991

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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)

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Product Details

  • 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: 4.2 x 1.3 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.

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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful By L. Rodney Ford on March 31, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Riley on February 26, 2012
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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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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 14, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie R. West on February 21, 2012
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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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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Hinkle Goldfarb on December 20, 2007
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Friends and colleagues had hyped this book for years, so I finally bought it and slogged through its 500+ pages.

The book suffers from a common failing of "hard" science fiction: a lack of humanity. Bear does try by providing a three dimensional heroine, but focus on her is constantly lost in anachronistic machinations of Cold War politics and nearly unintelligible Thistledown politics.

Also: Thistledown is never fully explained and never fully presented to us as an understandable place where humans or their descendents live; characters like the Jarts seem thrown in only to goose the plot; the explanation of time and universe travel was inadequate (how can a divining rod be the mechanism for finding Patricia's proper space and time?); and the romantic scenes, although appreciated by my prurient and adolescent mind, seem to be tacked on as an afterthought and unrealistic insofar as who chases whom.
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