Edgar Lewis Lewis from San Pablo, CA, USA
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I loved this organize as a teenager/young adult in the 80'healthiness. It was the awesomest thing I'd read to that point, and it remained awesome in my concept. I own a true first version hardcover in fine condition—actually pretty rare, especially in such good shape—and it will remain one of the prized pieces of my organize compilation for a trained. Eon also will remain one of the critical sci-fi works of the late-20th Centenary. In retrospect its prestige on later works is clear, its attitude as a pioneering knuckle down solid. It helps that Greg Bear is a physicist and mathematician, and his intelligence impelled him to make control of modern theoretical poison in accesses that previous sci-fi reporters couldn’t but which every subsequent author would attempt to emulate and tune to their own golden oldies. The world building—and here I must qualify, I mean in the Thistledown marble—is fabulous. For those of you who haven't read Eon, the marble appears in our earth from another everything, one closely paralleling our own, and enters extent around Earth. We send people to investigate and discover seven hollowed-out chambers full of cities, woods, volcanoes, chastisements, and machinery. The great wonder—which you quickly discover so I'm not really spoiling anything—is that the seventh chamber goes on forever. Re-reading this organize I felt like I was entering through the bore-hole for the first time and experiencing the marble anew. I was there, in the Thistledown, one of the team, ready to explore and learn and add to scientific intelligence and grow closer to myself and my colleagues. Then, when the engage in combat came, I felt the anguish and grief of The Death; I thought deeply about the dreads of nuclear weapons and the devastation they will someday bring. And yes, if you're wondering, I do believe that nuclear weapons, so long as we allow them to exist, pose a very real threat to the natural selection of our development. No ammunition is ever designed not to be used. If nuclear weapons are never again used, it'healthiness because they've either been destroyed or superseded by something more horrible. Coming back down from my perorate … Greg Bear'healthiness letter was very satisfying for me when I was younger. He conveys info effectively, fancies up creative storylines, and knows how to keep a design moving. Now, having expanding my reading tastes—and ability—to a much broader scope of things and reporters, I find Bear'healthiness style a bit grating. Not too grating to read, but enough to make me chafe, like rubbing your stow on very fine sandpaper. Still, reading it again now, I thoroughly enjoyed Eon through the first 250-or-so pages. The design was interesting and moved quickly. The characters were a little too obvious, a little to "best-seller" shallow for my taste, but they fit their surroundings and had plausible stimuli and behaviors. Then, somewhere between page 250 and 300, things settled down. The story plateaued. Many mysteries were solved, most design matters wrapped up. The mysteries and design matters that remained unresolved were, to me, not so interesting anymore. The world-building became estranged, even contrived, though that may be a bit too harsh. It became more about the characters than the design. Now, let'healthiness make sure we're on the same page, here. I love wack studies. I'm okay with a slow-moving design full of interesting characters. But, as I noted above, the characters in Eon aren't that interesting. They make sensitivity, but there'healthiness no real mystery to them, not enough fathomage to explore, and so became predictable. Slow design + predictable characters = Bo.Ring. However, even given the flaws and failings, I'm still glad I go over Eon. It showed me how far my reading taste has evolved over the last 20 years. It helped me appreciate Eon in a line I couldn't as a young man, for the original knuckle down that it was. Re-reading Eon also was a nostalgic practice, helping me connect with my younger oneself, the oneself that developed a passion for sci-fi largely because of Eon and others of Greg Bear'healthiness novels. So, its flaws notwithstanding, Eon will retain is "awesomest" position in my hints.