Eon Author:Greg Bear The Stone, a large, hollow asteroid, suddenly appears in orbit around Earth. Two years after its initial appearance, researchers from Earth have explored most of the Stone, and have learned a great deal about the secrets held in six of its seven large chambers. Theoretical mathematician Patricia Vasquez arrives on the Stone during a time of poli... more »tical turmoil on Earth. Summoned into space for reasons she can only guess at, she's immediately shown all the public wonders of the asteroid-artifact by the research project's coordinator, Garry Lanier.
At first, Patricia wonders at his attitude. As he escorts her from one remarkable discovery to the next, he comments only enough to insure that she knows what she is seeing, allowing her to draw conclusions without his editorial comments. Finally, he shows he the vast libraries of the Stone. Armed with her intellectual curiosity and with tantalizing clues, she immerses herself in the fabulous, high-tech treasure of knowledge from what appears to be the future. After several weeks, she begins to grasp the true enormity of her task, and the deadly peril of her situation...« less