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1985. Eon
1989. Eternity

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Bear, Greg "EON", published in 1987 in Great Britain by Legend (Arrow Books) in paperback, 504pp, ISBN 0099523507. Condition: very good, clean & tidy copy with a crease to the bottom right corner of the front cover and to the top edge of the back cover. Price: £3.50, not including post and packing
1987, Legend, pbk
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  • EON [top]
    First published in 1985 in Great Britain in hardback by Victor Gollancz
    Published in 1987 in Great Britain in paperback by Legend (Arrow Books, Century Hutchinson Ltd), 504pp, ISBN 0099523507 (note - has an incorrect ISBN on the bibliographic details page)

Storyline: 'Above our plante hangs a hollow Stone, vast as the imagination of Man...Tardislike, the inner dimensions are at odds with the outer; pyramid-like, there are chambers to be breached, some containing deserted cities; one chamber goes on forever...'. But the stone is not an alien structure. It comes from the past/future of our humanity. Tombstone or milestone, the war that breaks out on the Earth beneath its presence seems to bear witness to its prowess as oracle. Extract: "Farley brought the vehicle to a halt and Patricia descended from the cab to stand on the roadway. Then she clambered up a ladder to a platform on top of the cab and looked down the straight line of the road. The road went to its own vanishing point - no cap, no barrier. Above, the rest of the landscape did much the same.
"It's bigger," she said. Farley and Lanier stood by the truck, looking up at her. Wu and Chang joined them. "It's bigger than the asteroid. It goes beyond the end. Is that what you're trying to tell me?"
"We don't tell," Lanier said. "We show. It's the only way."
"You're trying to tell me it doesn't stop, it goes right on out the other end?" She heard the touch of panic and high-pitched fascination in her own voice. The Stanford professor, six years before, had been wrong. Someone beside extra-terrestrials and gods could appreciate her work. She now knew why she had been brought up from Vandenberg, carried to the Stone by shuttle and OTV.
The asteroid was longer on the inside than it was on the outside. The seventh chamber went on forever...

Bear, Greg. 'Eternity', published by Victor Gollancz Science Fiction in 1989, pbk, 406pp. Good condition with some light tanning to internal pages (browning effect from ageing). Nice copy overall. Price:£2.99, not including p&p, which is Amazon's standard charge, currently £2.75 for UK buyers and more for overseas customers
1989, Victor Gollancz, pbk
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  • Eternity [top]
    Sequel to EON
    First published in 1989 in Great Britain by VGSF (Victor Gollancz Science Fiction) in paperback, 416pp, ISBN 0575046139

Story: Across decades of flight, I became many people. I was no longer Pavel Mirsky, but a citizen of a new world, adapting to its unlikely environment. I watched the humans who came with me evolve, as I did, or fade away. The journey lasted, from our point of view, centuries. Time is a variable thing; flexible, but ever present, warped and twisted into some barely recognizable form or another. If all my time were stretched out in a straight line, I might have lived ten thousand years, by your scale... .We had long since passed beyond the point in the Way where the last moments of this universe might have been accessed. Had we opened a gate there, we might have witnessed the death of all we had ever known. And still we fled. I had defected from my own universe. The Way grew broader around us. We studied this increase and foresaw what awaited us. A vast blister of space-time, capping, but not ending the Way, finite but unbounded.

We had entered the egg of a new universe

 



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