Sunday, 17 August 2014

A New Eon IV

Greg Bear, Eon (London, 2002).

The Stone is, possibly, a time machine larger inside than out. That sounds familiar from a BBC science fiction perspective. As Huckleberry Finn might say, I don't take no stock in Doctor Who. However, like Star Trek and Superman, it could be reconceptualized as worthwhile science fiction:

the Time Lords should be our descendants;
Vulcan should be a separated human colony;
for two possible explanations of the Kryptonians, see here.

Greg Bear does some of this kind of work in Eon:

explorers of the Stone find that, whatever the explanation, this mysterious object is a human artifact;
to understand its apparently infinite seventh chamber, they engage a mathematician whose works include Non-gravity Bent Geodesics of n-Spatial Reference Frames: An Approach to Superspace Visualization and Probability Clustering (p. 24).

That sounds as if it just might have something to do with extending a chamber to infinity. Non-gravity bent geodesics and superspace might even explain Superman's flight and other powers. I honestly believe that a reconceptualized Doctor Who would benefit from this kind of treatment but, be that as it may, we can in any case appreciate serious science fiction like this novel by Greg Bear.

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