Perhaps it wasn't from our time, perhaps it wasn't even from our universe, but the arrival of the 300-kilometer long stone was the answer to humanity's desperate plea to end the threat of nuclear war. Inside the deep recesses of the stone lies Thistledown: the remnants of a human society, versed in English, Russian and Chinese. The artifacts of this familiar people foretell a great Death caused by the ravages of war, but the government and scientists are unable to decide how to use this knowledge. Deeper still within the stone is the Way. For some the Way means salvation from death, for others it is a parallel world where loved ones live again. But, unlike Thistledown, the Way is not entirely dead, and the inhabitants hold the knowledge of a present war, over a million miles away, using weapons far more deadly than any that mankind has ever conceived.
©1985 Greg Bear (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Thrilling epic mindbending
The surprise inside the stone and the depiction of this surprise
He makes the characters come alive in my head. Thank you Stefan.
The stone is the answer
Mirsky. I enjoyed the way his character was enlightened.
No. He did a great job.
The description of Axis City. It was exciting.
Fiction reader/listener: law enforcement, spy, military, science thriller, disasters.
Mr Bear never fails to entertain, and Mr Rudnicki makes the story line even more believable. I'll listen to this one again.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Dull? No, dull's a quantum leap.... UP from "EON". Who cares about these people? Who cares about exhausting cinematic description IN A BOOK? Get ready for every detail of Greg Bear's imaginary friends? Okay, one of the powers of SciFi is exploring the fantasy worlds of good writers. Bear's not one of them. Maybe if he was better edited? There's a magic word that someone should whisper in his ear..... "pace."
Did I mention that this is really long... and feels longer? Unless I need sleep, I'll not finish EON nor read another of these hard-to-Bear stories..... ZZZZZZZZzzzzz!
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
It starts off feeling like Arthur C. Clarke's Rendezvous With Rama, but quickly turned into something infinitely more interesting and deep, in more ways than one.
If said friend was into the concept of a multi-verse, the cold war era tension between the USSR & USA, nuclear war, space and the ability to open doors into other realities? Absolutely.
I really like his style of reading and was introduced to him from novels by Ben Bova.
the Very end scene with the Main character. its an awesome thought to a parallel earth concept
On an Earth that has suffered the little death, a limited nuclear war between the US and Russia, there is an uneasy negotiated peace. Russia seems to feel sort of like the Germans did post WW 1 when the enormity of reparations and limitations imposed by the international community settled in. Well opportunity knocks here when the asteroid called the 'potato' arrives in Earth orbit and is found to be a starship. A starship with humans on it...or at least there were and they had Earth languages.
Led by the US, that may be for of the fiction these days, the international community minus the Russians populate the 'potato' and begin to unravel the mysteries of the seven chambers. The fact that it is bigger on the inside than the outside is driving a lot of them bonkers. The people in charge of the project are trying all they can to keep a lid on predictions that this Earth is about to suffer annihilation.
Excellent book with lots of subplots that I'm sure will re-surge in this series called The Way. The narration was pretty good too with Rudnicki's vocal range. This one gets four out of five units of pleasant nerdiness. Enjoy!
explores the idea of some of the most alluring ideas in science with detailed characters. Keeping a firm hand on scope and depth,yet remaining anchored in actual theory
Even after reading this book years ago, it's just as great and relevant now. The audible version made it even more interesting, giving new depth to the characters.
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