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The arrival of the Stone further destabilizes the situation—the Soviets suspect that the US and its allies are controlling the Stone to gain exclusive access to advanced weapons and technology, and in the first half of the book this accelerates the world's inexorable descent into an all-out nuclear war. Pressured by the incoming wall of plasma, she finds the appropriate location for a doorway, but emerges to an Earth that diverged from our history several thousand years ago.

Un altro pilastro della fantascienza, questo disponibile anche in Italiano (anche se non ancora in ebook). That said, I willingly bungled my way through, accepting that the locations didn't matter as much as the characters and plot.This seems like an all-too-realistic response to discovering that descendants from a possible future have kidnapped you. We can’t fault authors for working within the zeitgeist of their times and attempting to explore the ramifications of our ability to use and misuse advanced technology.

Although, I think a reader would not miss anything great (except some of its ideas) if this book is left unread, considering there is a lot more good content out there. The bottom line: Not a lesson in style, a little dated, flattish characters, a Rama-rip but with more moving parts, and a flounder.The 21st century was on the brink of nuclear confrontation when the 300 kilometer-long stone flashed out of nothingness and into Earth's orbit. He carries the story well, it has good pace and is incredibly well thought out for a large scale piece.

With plenty of suspense and action, and interesting and original ideas, Eon would be an above average book. Like the early Uplift novels by David Brin Eon seems to be a bridge between old school and the new as far as Science Fiction is concerned. Incidentally, a 290 km prolate spheroid has been detected following an anomalous energy burst just outside the solar system. 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.The science behind the main premise of the story is presented in a reasonably convincing way, but some of the other scientific/technological "advances" are just silly and undermine the whole book - top of the list of offenders being "The Mystery", which made me cringe in a way I haven't cringed since Qui-Gon Jinn explained the Force via "midichlorians". Math genius running around with a device to check the local value of π doesn't make for hard sci fi. Everything starts as a mysterious asteroid enters Earth orbit, and an expedition sent by the west discovers that it was built by humans of the future and somehow sent back in time unintentionally.

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