Probably the best of a loose trilogy of books by Bear that began with the publication of this book about an asteroid which enters Earth's orbit. The asteroid contains a huge cavern that houses alien cities and technology (a la Clarke's Rendezvous With Rama) and revolves around the humans who explore this place amidst a world political crisis back on Earth.
As a sucker for "exploration" SF involving alien tech, architecture and cultures, I was drawn to this book and enjoyed it quite a bit. It is slow in parts as the plot unfolds and some of the characterizations are not well drawn out but those are minor points to the overall theme and "gee whiz" effect it has on the reader. The book kept me turning the page to see the next discovery all the way to the end.
This is a very complex and convoluted hard science fiction novel. It's interesting for that, but overall I thought it was too long and dull at points. Perhaps a bit too cold-war oriented as well, being written in 1985.
It's about an asteroid that just appears in Earth's orbit. Some scientists go out to examine it and find a world whose inhabitants had vanished. As they study this "world" they find out more about the civiliaztion and what caused their demise.
This story was too slow for me, and a little bit hard to follow/picture in my mind. I had to work too much to get through it, which I didn't.
Best to read the summary description of Amazon. I read about 2/3 of this book about two years ago. Did not care for it. Book was written during the cold war and much of that historical context pervades the plotting. For Greg Bear fans only, IMO. Disappointing.
Eon brilliantly describes a vibrant, infinitely complex "world"--actually the inside of a hollowed out asteroid. The asteroid actually houses seven vast chambers of forests, lakes, cities and more. In my opinion, this is one of Greg Bear's absolute best novels.
The 21st Century was on the Brink of nuclear confrontation when the 300 km long stone flashed out of nothingness and into Earth orbit. NASA, NATO, and the UN sent explorers to the asteroid's surface...and discovered marcel and mysteries to drive researchers mad.
A fascinating Alternative Civilization novel. The rock comes into orbit near Earth, it is explored by men, and found to be inhabitable but infinitely long inside. Men start exploring its length and find not only a new physics in operation but also a new form of society. Eon is Book I of a trilogy worth finding and reading in sequence. Greg Bear is one of the newer more interesting SF writers and this trilogy is a prime example of his high style and content.
The 21st century was on the brink of nuclear confrontation when the 300 km long stone flashed out of nothingness and into Earth orbit. NASA, NATO and the UN sent explorers to the asteroid surface...and discover marvels and mysteries to deive researchers mad.
For the Stone was from space--but perhaps not our space; it came from the future--but perhaps not our future; and within the hallowed asteroid was Thisledown. The remains of a vanished civilization. A human --English, Russian, and Chinese speaking civilization. Seven vast chambers containing forests, lakes, rivers, hanging cities...
And museums describing the Death; the catastrophic war that was about to occur; the horror and the long winter that would follow. But while scientists and politicians bickered about how to use the information to stop the Death, the Stone yielded a secret that made even Earth's survival pale into insignificance...