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Not too grating to read, but enough to make me chafe, like rubbing your palm on very fine sandpaper. However their excessive descriptions regarding their functions and physical make-up was a complete let-down and became boring to me very quickly.

The idea of an asteroid in space which turns out to be more than that is not new, but Greg Bear managed to turn it into a unique idea.

I commented to a fellow bookclub member that this book is very much a product of the time it was written. Imagine an alternate history in which the cold war hadn't ended in 1989 and had instead continued to intensify. These themes are further explored as we learn more about the rivalries between the two major factions of the "Stoners"—the more radical, pro-technology Geshel, and the more conservative and predominantly anti-technological Naderites, named in honor of 20th century consumer rights advocate Ralph Nader (who, in Bear's fictional future, was martyred in the nuclear war).

This at a time when East-West relations are already precarious, and the Russians fear that the Americans would discover some kind of alien super-weapon to gain global dominance. It seemed that the end of this story was fixed about 100 pages before the end of novel, except for the minor twist that I found hard to care about - the main character dumped into a totally new and unresolved story arc. This article may contain an excessive amount of intricate detail that may interest only a particular audience. Bear emphasizes that just because one belongs to a group doesn’t mean one’s own identity and choices are subsumed into that group. 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.But eventually I for one did not really like the amount of this idea that is focused upon in an SF book. In fact, one can intelligently argue that mankind is still very, very close to destroying itself in a number of frighteningly different ways. Maybe if you liked Banks’ The Algebraist or Hamilton’s Night’s Dawn you’ll like this – similarly bloated balderdash disguised as serious science fiction. A global nuclear catastrophe is imminent, but let’s not tell anybody aside from these 11 people with security clearance.

If so, I remember starting it and being taken through a room-by-room tour that was lots and lots of Tell and very Little Show…and it just seemed to go on and on and on to no discernable purpose. and I have a reasonably good understanding of physics) to visualise much of what is supposed to be happening. He carries the story well, it has good pace and is incredibly well thought out for a large scale piece.Considering the alternate universes and time-lines being casually tossed about here, that kind of thing shouldn’t even be an issue. This book pulls the rug out from under the reader about 25% of the way into the reading; and I will not spoil that reality shift for you. In both cases, we have two groups that are not necessarily enemies but have very different ideas of how to achieve their goals. The book was published in 1985, before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and in Bear's projected future (the novel opens in 2005), the cold-war tensions between the Soviet bloc and the NATO countries continue into the 21st century.

The technology is wonderfully thought out and described, the whole concept of the Stone and the Way are amazing, and Mr. Describes a book or dust jacket that has the complete text pages (including those with maps or plates) but may lack endpapers, half-title, etc. Another book which I should have read 20 years ago, because now it feels outdated in regard to everyday technology. Hromic on SF Site felt that "it has all the technical overkill of some of the worst-afflicted Larry Niven books, with very little character development as a redeeming leaven.With plenty of suspense and action, and interesting and original ideas, Eon would be an above average book. Wow," said Russian Democratic Federal Leader of the Military Defence of the Milky Way Leader, Tessa Baryshnikov. But was disappointed with things: too much of political stance to it, and too much of physical descriptions of technology and its workings. I was there, in the Thistledown, one of the team, ready to explore and learn and add to scientific knowledge and grow closer to myself and my teammates.



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