Thursday, 28 May 2009
SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Eon - Greg Bear
Above our planet hangs a hollow Stone, vast as the imagination of Man. The inner dimensions are at odds with the outer: there are different chambers to be breached, some even containing deserted cities. The furthest chamber contains the greatest mystery ever to confront the Stones scientists. But tombstone or milestone, the Stone is not an alien structure: it comes from the future of our humanity. And the war that breaks out on Earth seems to bear witness to the Stone's prowess as oracle . . .
This is another of Gollancz’s classic reissues and whilst it perhaps doesn’t get the attention of a lot of his other work its definitely one that has set the standards for others to follow in his path. Originally written in 1985 a lot of the historical background make this, in light of circumstances, an alternate history. Well written, classic hard scientific principles and with fully rounded characters you’ll be hard pressed to find books written in the genre that don’t owe a tip of the hat to Bears work. Add to the mix an enigmatic, strong female protagonist and you’ve classic Bear in a nutshell.