- Series: Eon (Book 1)
- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (September 15, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765380498
- ISBN-13: 978-0765380494
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 257 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
GREG BEAR is the author of more than thirty books of science fiction and fantasy, including Hull Zero Three, Eon, and Moving Mars. Awarded two Hugos and five Nebulas for his fiction, one of two authors to win a Nebula in every category, Bear has served on political and scientific action committees and has advised both government agencies and corporations on issues ranging from national security to private aerospace ventures to new media and video game development.
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I read EON shortly after it was published in 1985, I think. I enjoyed it then in a print edition, probably paperback. So far as I can remember, there were few if any manuscript errors. Not so with this edition from Open Road Media. Mr. Bear has been poorly served by this e-media specialty house. The Publisher of the 2014 e edition owes us all a corrected file.
Amazon, you need to lay down standards for the books you sell. Your customers deserve well crafted editions. So do your authors. Those of us who read print editions, expect near perfection as the standard. Why should be receive less from you? If a file is corrected, make sure those of us who bought an imperfect one, or an early draft of a book that's later published in more finished form, get the final file, each and every time.
Greg Bear is one of the masters who is capable of imagining worlds that don't exist and filling them with detail. I liked it then. I like it now.
Bear likes to move things around in his novels. Sometimes he moves planets and always people traveling vast distances. In Eon Bear moves space time and universes. Eon is a hugely ambitious novel with a Latina math prodigy as a key character. The other characters are fully realized and enhance the story.
Each chamber of the ship represents a period of time (with a few extra chambers interspersed for support functions). The first embodies our near future, and looks a lot like the present in a museum-ish kind of way. The next represents a few more centuries into the future. It contains innovations like virtual environments and cognitive technology. The last chamber is literally a time-tunnel, an artificial universe shaped like an infinitely-long version of the other chambers in the starship. Position in it relates loosely to position in time. The "Way", as it is called, contains a human civilization about a millennium in the future. There, humans have taken up the habit of modifying their physical forms. The Way continues on into the distant future, where humans start communicating with beings from other universes.
That's far too much to cover in a brief review like this, so I'd like emphasize the aspects that deal with human nature. Material needs are somewhat irrelevant, as technology can provide for everyone. Information is the most important commodity. However, there are still politics in our exalted future. People are capable of fighting, but even their worst atrocities seem tame by today's standards. Neural technology allows minds to continue on, past the destruction of the body. Psychopaths are rare, and only those who can't be cured by any means are denied ongoing existence. They aren't exactly executed, merely stashed away in computer storage. Overall, the humans of the future are gentler and better adjusted, but not perfect.
Most of the story threads end on a reasonably happy note. However, the central female protagonist goes on a forlorn quest to get back "home". She hopes to find a parallel Earth where her loved ones are still alive, after nuclear war wipes them out in our present one. At the end she appears in her old age, hoping to open a door back to the Way so she can try again.