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5.0 von 5 Sternen A fantastic journey!
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...
Am 14. November 1997 veröffentlicht

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Starts off good but ends up in left field
This book started out promising, with a great premise. A huge asteroid is discovered near the moon that has huge cities and advanced technology on the inside. It is left to a select group of Americans to discover all the secrets of the Stone. It is a great beginning to what could be a great story.
The first two-thirds of this book kept me up at nights devouring...
Veröffentlicht am 6. April 2000 von Dave Hudson


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5.0 von 5 Sternen A fantastic journey!, 14. November 1997
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Eon (Taschenbuch)
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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3.0 von 5 Sternen Starts off good but ends up in left field, 6. April 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Eon (Taschenbuch)
This book started out promising, with a great premise. A huge asteroid is discovered near the moon that has huge cities and advanced technology on the inside. It is left to a select group of Americans to discover all the secrets of the Stone. It is a great beginning to what could be a great story.
The first two-thirds of this book kept me up at nights devouring each page. However, the book takes a sharp turn into left field when it turns to the culture who actually built the Stone. If you are not a hard-core sci-fi/fantasy reader, this is where you'll start to get completely lost in all the jargon and trying to keep up with the myriad of technological wonders that are introduced. For example, the author throws about 20 complex names of people at you (that are all similar in their makeup) over and over that you try to keep up with thinking they might be important to the story. Alas, it turns out that 19 of them weren't pivotal or even necessary to the flow of the story. It's as if the author wanted to see how many esoteric names he could come up with.
Also, alot of the technology is hard to grasp and yet is covered in the book as if it were common knowledge. I'm sure this is a great book for the really hard-core sci-fi fans, but I would caution the casual sci-fi readers to stay away and instead read a book by Stephen Baxter, such as Moonseed or Titan
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Too many notes, 29. Juni 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Eon (Taschenbuch)
Well, I can't fault Greg Bear for his imagination. He clearly has tons of ideas, many of which are wild and intriguing. His mistake was cramming them all into one novel, producing a hopelessly cluttered work in which so many threads are competing for attention that none of them is allowed any real development or substance. Early on, the book drops hints about the far-out ideas it contains, but devotes way too much attention to Cold-War squabbling which is boring and mundane in comparison, and hopelessly dated in retrospect. When it finally gets into the far-future stuff, the culture and technology are exotic to the point of caricature, more silly than awe-inspiring. It feels a bit like "Gulliver's Travels," but without a trace of Swift's satirical purpose. In fact, it's hard to see any real purpose underlying this story, other than to let Greg Bear unload his wild speculations. I read this book because I was interested in the physical concept of the Way and the technology of sculpting with spacetime; but this, like every other aspect of the story, is never explored with the detail it deserves. The characters have the same problem as the concepts: there are simply too many of them, and none is really given depth.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Hard hitting Sci-Fi, Great Story Telling., 23. Juni 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Eon (Taschenbuch)
This is a hard hitting science fiction drama along the lines of the "Andromeda Strain", or "The Day the Earth Stood Still."
I found it to be gripping reading from start to finish. And spent any free moment trying to get to the end. All though the story of something, or someone saving the Earth from itself is important but over done. Yet, in someway he made nuclear war a distinct possibility (India/Pakistan?). And the fact that scientist can solve complex theories in a few minuets that would take years to discover is always amusing.
I would have given this book 5 stars, if I had read it during it's first publication before current events and others who copied the story line. The Russian's are portrayed rather stereotypical. And in light of current events rather makes this book more fiction then fact.
This book was recommended by Book Matcher what a find.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Wordy and wooden, 14. Januar 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Eon (Taschenbuch)
Greatest sci-fi epic ever. Not! Complexity and emotion in the characters. Not! Well-written. Not! Sorry, but after slaving through this 150,000 word tome, I felt cheated. I could have had a V-8 :) The characters are shallow, wooden stick figures. Bear spends a lot of time creating a family for Patricia, then drops it like a, well, potato :) He didn't have the imagination to bring them back in at the end like any good author would have, and have events lead to psychological self-discoveries. You can get that much in a TV movie of the week! The sole positive is his apparent superficial study of relativity theory and topology, and his plot device of the Stone itself. But even that seems to degenerate from almost pseudo science to pure magic and fantasy muck by the "geometrically increasing" end. And he did what? Wrote a sequel? Yiyiyi!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Eon, 5. November 1997
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Eon (Taschenbuch)
Eon takes your attention from the very beginning. Its a story that is excellently put together; a tribute to the genious of author Greg bear. It is a novel that moves you, providing a point of interest for many kinds of readers. The characters are outstanding. Moving scenes like the paratroop drop into the "Potato" and the ride down the flaw; stir the imagination. The novel gives you a peak at military combat, space exploration and even romance in a brilliant scientific package.
Yet, unless you posses at Ph.D in Mathematics and Quantum Physics, some small sections of this novel can be difficult at best. Most, however, can ignore these minor quirks and accept them as evidence of that brilliance and versatility: Greg Bear.
Overall, an excellent piece of science fiction literature.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The ULTIMATE product of an ORIGINAL imagination!, 26. Oktober 1997
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Eon (Taschenbuch)
Science Fiction usually takes our experiences and extends them into a plausible conclusion into the future. Greg Bear has become the master of ORIGINAL thinking, making a future world that is light years from anything that most of us could dream.
EON (and it's sequel) explores the direction that technology will take us, gives us meaning for the existence of the Universe, God and everything we find worth living for.
A basic need of our species is to leave our mark on time with our existence. THE WAY is the ultimate creation. The concept of a human creation altering the Universe and changes the conclusion of time is one of the most original concepts I have ever read. BRAVO Mr. Bear... I have since bought everything you have written. May you continue writing for many years to come.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not too bad, 22. Oktober 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Eon (Taschenbuch)
It's unfortunate that the characters aren't real gripping (at least to me). The conflicts are a bit chintzy, and I'd really have a hard time with it if I didn't get some fun ideas along with them. OK - the superspace thing and the level of complexity that they reach are kind of unconvincing, but at least it's a reasonable attempt to project on the future something as incomprehensible to us as the commonplace of today would be to those of a millenium before. Too bad the characters were lacking - the rest was great. Maybe spread the ideas over a few books, though - there is only so much you can put in and maintain the book as more than a forum for strange sci-fi plotlines. Don't go into this book looking for edification of the soul.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Easily one of the all-time greats!, 20. August 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Eon (Taschenbuch)
EON is one of the best major sci-fi novels -- right up there with DUNE and GATEWAY and THE CITY AND THE STARS for world-building detail and quality, and their equal in terms of intensely tantalizing what-if and wonder-filled scenarios. Also a rarity: a hard-sf novel containing interesting, not deadly dull, political background. Sphex could not put it down and unhesitatingly recommends it to anyone who wishes they were born 500 years from now, to see such things... One caveat: although you'll want to desperately, as with GATEWAY, do NOT read the sequels -- all sense of wonder is drained from them, and they plod along in terribly ordinary fashion. Read EON and keep that sense of awe alive for a long, long time.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Get Stoned!, 29. Januar 2007
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Eon (S.F. Masterworks) (Taschenbuch)
An asteroid turned artificially into a giant ark-like spaceship enters Earth orbit. Wary human investigators find deserted cities inside the hollowed-out 'Stone', the libraries of which eventually reveil an impending terrible fate for Earth! Can the heroes avert it?

Alternate history lines, parallel universes, the counter-intuitive wonders of astrophysics - it's all there, to be savoured by the scientifically scrupulous SF adherent. (The novel came out in 1985 and is set in a year 2005 in which the Soviet Union still exists and the bloc confrontation was never resolved - so, in itself, it now represents an alternate timeline.)

Do not turn to this book, however, if you are into psychologically interesting characters. The acting heroes are mere figureheads, through whose eyes the reader gets to see the sights. (And it is even harder to relate to the 'supporting actors', technically advanced post-humans and their likes, whom the protagonists encounter along the WAY (not: way. See for yourself).)

Also, the background explanations for exotic technologies come a little fragmentary sometimes, which is perhaps meant to underline that they are commonplace to their users, but left me with a feeling of having missed a paragraph here and there.

Apart from these two points, 'Eon' is the product of a daring yet precise imagination and to be recommended anytime for a wild trip into hardcore cosmology. (The renowned physicist, Michio Kaku, actually employs it as an illustration of the 'dimensional gate' concept in his 2005 book 'Parallel Worlds' - so, if you desire Further Reading...).
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