Dark Eden On the alien sunless planet they call Eden the members of the Family shelter beneath the light and warmth of the Forest s lantern trees Beyond the Forest lie the mountains of the Snowy Dark and

  • Title: Dark Eden
  • Author: Chris Beckett
  • ISBN: 9781848874640
  • Page: 340
  • Format: Paperback
  • On the alien, sunless planet they call Eden, the 532 members of the Family shelter beneath the light and warmth of the Forest s lantern trees Beyond the Forest lie the mountains of the Snowy Dark and a cold so bitter and a night so profound that no man has ever crossed it The Oldest among the Family recount legends of a world where light came from the sky, where men andOn the alien, sunless planet they call Eden, the 532 members of the Family shelter beneath the light and warmth of the Forest s lantern trees Beyond the Forest lie the mountains of the Snowy Dark and a cold so bitter and a night so profound that no man has ever crossed it The Oldest among the Family recount legends of a world where light came from the sky, where men and women made boats that could cross the stars These ships brought us here, the Oldest say and the Family must only wait for the travelers to return But young John Redlantern will break the laws of Eden, shatter the Family and change history He will abandon the old ways, venture into the Dark and discover the truth about their world.Already remarkably acclaimed in the UK, Dark Eden is science fiction as literature part parable, part powerful coming of age story, set in a truly original alien world of dark, sinister beauty rendered in prose that is at once strikingly simple and stunningly inventive.

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    1. Chris Beckett

      Chris Beckett is a British social worker, university lecturer, and science fiction author.Beckett was educated at the Dragon School in Oxford and Bryanston School in Dorset, England He holds a BSc Honours in Psychology from the University of Bristol 1977 , a CQSW from the University of Wales 1981 , a Diploma in Advanced Social Work from Goldsmiths College, University of London 1977 , and an MA in English Studies from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge 2005.He has been a senior lecturer in social work at APU since 2000 He was a social worker for eight years and the manager of a children and families social work team for ten years Beckett has authored or co authored several textbooks and scholarly articles on social work.Beckett began writing SF short stories in 2005 His first SF novel, The Holy Machine, was published in 2007 He published his second novel in 2009, Marcher, based on a short story of the same name.Paul Di Filippo reviewed The Holy Machine for Asimov s, calling it One of the most accomplished novel debuts to attract my attention in some time Michael Levy of Strange Horizons called it a beautifully written and deeply thoughtful tale about a would be scientific utopia that has been bent sadly out of shape by both external and internal pressures Tony Ballantyne wrote in Interzone Let s waste no time this book is incredible His latest novel, Dark Eden, was hailed by Stuart Kelly of The Guardian as a superior piece of the theologically nuanced science fiction.Dark Eden was shortlisted for the 2012 BSFA Award for Best Novel.On 27 March 2013 it was announced that Julian Pavia at Broadway Books, part of the Crown Publishing Group, had acquired the US rights to Dark Eden and Gela s Ring from Michael Carlisle at Inkwell Management and Vanessa Kerr, Rights Director at Grove Atlantic in London, for a high five figure sum in US dollars.Beckett comments on his official website Although I always wanted to be a writer, I did not deliberately set out to be a science fiction writer in particular My stories are usually about my own life, things I see happening around me and things I struggle to make sense of But, for some reason, they always end up being science fiction I like the freedom it gives me to invent things and play with ideas If you going to make up the characters, why not make up the world as well It s what works for me.

    166 thoughts on “Dark Eden”

    1. Once again I m a confused about what constitutes an award winning Science Fiction novel This book Really The jacket copy and a couple of reviews that I noticed mention the interesting linguistic aspect of the novel The copy gives a lighthearted assurance that it s not as difficult as, say, Clockwork Orange No mention is given of that book by Joyce Now you might be one of those people who claim love for that book Personally, I gave it about fifteen pages and then ran a quick effort to satisfactio [...]


    2. The best way I can describe this book is as a cross betweenLord of the FliesandAvatar a group of astronauts gets stranded on a deserted, sunless planet after going through a wormhole and losing all touch with Earth The survivors intermarry, producing after several generations The Family a gathering of clans around the site of the rocket crash, living precariously off the land hunters and gatherers and waiting for a rescue ship from home to find them and take them back to civilization The story i [...]


    3. 5 of 5 bright bright stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum 2015 04 24 bSomething tells me Dark Eden isn t the kind of book you can take at face value I have a feeling it could spawn a dozen papers on sociology and human psychology if you were inclined to analyze it Heck, I m sitting here writing a monster of a review for it myself The book takes place in the far flung future on an alien planet, but simply labeling it science fiction misses out on a lot of its themes too In some ways, it s alm [...]


    4. Who the hell decides where the line is drawn between literary and genre fiction If one takes Chris Beckett s Dark Eden for instance, this is a beautifully written, magnificently constructed work of art, and yet because of its subject matter it will casually be shunted off to the science fiction ghetto Now I m not one to raise a lip of sneering to any form of genre fiction I love genre fiction with all my black heart and soul And yet I know, as you surely know, that when it comes to the mythical [...]


    5. I actually have a lot of really complicated feelings about this one On the one hand, it has some fascinating worldbuilding and the development of language is of particular interest to me, as are the social rituals and relationships that have risen on this new world Those aren t the reasons I picked it up, but they re what I got out of it On the other, it reads like a systematic removal of women s agency, which makes me really uncomfortable I suspect this book will be triggery for some people, to [...]


    6. I was surprised to learn upon finishing Dark Eden that not only was it an Arthur C Clarke award winner but also that it had beaten Nick Harkaway s Angelmaker to the prize Angelmaker has its flaws but it s a solid and compelling story most of the time , which I can t say about Dark Eden It plods It s predictable in its plot and the underlying ideas, and I could have guessed the story in its entirety just from knowing the premise Not only is it linear and predictable, it s underdeveloped, with chu [...]


    7. Back in early April, when I was first becoming disillusioned with my all academic reading list, I found myself chatting over Gmail with a friend who keeps up with the publishing world far better than I do She brought up Chris Beckett s latest science fiction novel And of course I, being a sucker for anything that manages to cram biblical references into the same sentence as scientifically grounded, immediately took advantage of my access to inter library loan to get ahold of a copy I should prob [...]


    8. DARK EDEN falls into the classic scifi genre sociology camp It s a book that doesn t focus on hard core technical science, but rather on sociological and biological questions.In the case of Eden this means developing an eco system that isn t reliant on a bright, cheerful sun, and which is occupied by strange life forms, and a small population of humans, all descended from two people.What worked for me was the world building It was innovative and interesting I also thought the human population wa [...]


    9. 4.25 Chris Beckett writes page turning science fiction with deep theological implications I almost never read sci fi, but in 2012 I devoured Dark Eden, admiring it so much that I chose it as Greenbelt Festival s Big Read that year it seemed especially appropriate because the festival theme was Saving Paradise.Six generations ago a pair of astronauts landed on the planet Eden and became matriarch and patriarch of a new race of eerily primitive humans A young leader, John Redlantern, rises up with [...]


    10. 4.5 5 I looked up Chris Beckett on and learned he was educated at the Dragon School in Oxford and Bryanston School in Dorset, England He holds a BSc Honours in Psychology from the University of Bristol 1977 , a CQSW from the University of Wales 1981 , a Diploma in Advanced Social Work from Goldsmiths College, University of London 1977 , and an MA in English Studies from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge 2005 He has been a senior lecturer in social work at APU since 2000 He was social worker fo [...]


    11. Actual rating 3.5 stars I liked the world building and the critique of society bits I was exasperated by the language I think I ll speak with repeated adjectives for some time The characters were interesting but not entirely three dimensional and convincing Their motivations remained largely unclear to me and even when I got glimpses of them I wasn t very happy with the picture I found the plot predictable and not very exciting I was disappointed by the open ending I didn t expect answers but at [...]


    12. Eden is a planet covered in darkness, hosting an abundance of familiarly alien flora and fauna, inhabited by Earth descended humans The only light occurs naturally, there is no sun in orbit, and there are only the far away cold stars that shine in the sky.The human settlement is known as the Family They have not migrated from first landing The original settlers of Eden could be counted on one hand the women could be counted with one finger Now everyone in the Family speaks in a childish patois r [...]


    13. This read like it was written for children about children, except for the sex and stillborn babies.In a world without a sun in the sky, i understand keeping time in wombtimes instead of years, counting wakings instead of days, but why on earth was it slip instead of sex Why did they apparently lose the word very and have to make do with repetition, calling things old old or quiet quiet I get that the hum of the forest is the background to their lives, but describing it with repeated onomatopoeia [...]


    14. Lately I have purchased a few books that have won awards and the blurbs are filled with promise of great writing and world building Lately, for me, I am finding it hard to believe My most recent disappointment is Dark Eden From page one in the book, I felt like I randomly opened it in the middle The dialogue is ridiculous The book is bad bad and it is silly silly Right, somewhere along the line, the word very has disappeared But no worries, the Earth people have a Rayed Yo and they will come bac [...]


    15. The third SF novel from the UK I ve read in the past 12 months that focuses on a setting of perpetual night, but this sensawunda locale hooked me for the whole novel Well written, well drawn, with gender and religion politics that hit close to home at times, naive at other times Great examination of ambition and the arrogance of leadership, particularly with regard to colonialism, and a youthful sociopathy that reminds me of Pangborn s Davy.



    16. A few points as i plan to have a full rv soonI finished Dark Eden the novel I mean as I read the story with same name a while ago and I quite liked it, though it is ultimately a bit limited as sfnal scope.As story goes, it is not unlike the Eden series of H Harrison or your favorite early proto human stuff, lots out there both sfnal like the Harrison series or even Helliconia in some ways for that matter, but lots just pre historical fiction like say the Auel stuff but on a planet in intergalact [...]


    17. Fantasy Review BarnIt is a fine, fine line that sometimes separates those little details that work and those that start to fall apart and take a book with it Dark Eden is a book that could go wrong in a hurry by relying on some threads that have to be played just right It is a near future society that lost its access to technology, a sci fi dystopia if you will And be honest how many dystopias hold up to a close reading It also takes modern English and twists it around to fit the people speaking [...]


    18. I don t know if I believe in karma The mystery surrounding it breaks the argument into believes and non believes, just like anything else in the same category of beliefs Does karma really exist, or is it just a figment of the imaginations of the hominid species that attempts to put us in a different column than the rest of those who have inhabited this planet in history I really don t know I lean towards the latter, but there is something to be said for one s preference to curtain things We can [...]


    19. Eden is a planet that had been discovered by humans 6 generations ago It is a harsh planet, full of alien flora and fauna some of which is deadly, and others that are barely edible There is almost no metal on the planet, they have reverted to a stone age existence using black glass obsidian spears to hunt From the two explorers that were left, all the people living there today are descended from them They have inbred, and are suffering from deformities such a cleft palette, craw feet and reduced [...]


    20. Dark Eden took me to a strange and beautiful world of scalding trees with lantern flowers and cold, cold, darkness witnessed by characters so full blooded I felt I inhabited them Separated from the rest of humanity they d developed a culture, mythology and linguistic ticks that seemed real.Such embellishments could impede a rollicking good story but they didn t John Redlantern and his small group of followers captivated me as they dared to break away from the suffocating Family and risk war and [...]


    21. At first this book seemed really interesting The setting was originally I liked the concept of a world totally in the dark and from that point of view the idea was well thought out.Unfortunately the characters all became quickly annoying By the end of the book I hated John and the rest of Family were too irritating to warm to.The plot kept promising a unique ending but either someone stole the last few chapters of my book or the whole point of this story was lost somewhere on Snowy Dark.Well wri [...]


    22. Po drugiej lekturze to wci jedna z najlepszych pozycji z nurtu socjologicznej sf, jakie znam wietny worldbuilding i, hmm, culturebuilding D Poza tym, trzeba naprawd dobrego pi ra, by wci gn czytelnika w losy g wnego bohatera, kt ry jest strasznym bucem Ach, no i kilka cennych szpileczek wbitych w patriarchat, w konserwatyzm i tych hipokryt w, kt rzy korzystaj ze zdobyczy os b, kt rymi tak strasznie gardz Polecam


    23. Didn t live up to expectations Interesting world and good use of a new language It just didn t have any kind of huge revelation that I was hoping for which would ve made this book a 4, or even 5 star book Still pretty entertaining Unsure if there s enough motivation to read the next book.


    24. 4.5 5 Rating Originally posted at mylifemybooksmyescape.wordpreThis was an amazing story Going in, I wasn t sure what to expect I had read quite a few reviews where they said that this was a very good story, but the language was a major issue with one stating it was unbearable to read Then I read others saying there was a whole other level to story, exploring sociological and psychological issues Now that I think of it, I guess I was expecting this to be good the real question was just how good. [...]


    25. Now that I ve finished this it is clear why it received an Arthur C Clarke Award last year The premise of a human colony on an alien world is by no means anything new but it is the little extra bits that make it special For one thing, as you can kind of get from the title, this planet has no sun and the residents rely on the natural lights on the trees and animals in order to survive The colony was also not intentional, by just one man and a woman who are marooned there Five generations later an [...]


    26. An unwilling couple are stranded on a strange, distant planet while the others attempt to get back to earth leaving only a promise that they will send help This story starts around a century and a half later and their descendants now number over five hundred, most of which are beset with deformities arising from their incestuous ancestry They have formed an inward looking, insular society that does nothing but try to survive, clustered around their circle of stones, their one hope that help will [...]


    27. Uno de los mejores libros de Ciencia Ficci n en lo que llevamos de siglo As de simple.La historia es la de siempre el adolescente que no encaja en la sociedad y que lidera una rebeli n En este caso es en un mundo fant stico muy bien pensado y en el que entramos sin descripciones lo que agradezco , s lo mediante lo que los personajes hacen y nuestra imaginaci n nos dicta Una sociedad joven y nueva, fruto de un desembarco inesperado en un nuevo mundo, pero corrompida por los defectos cl sicos de l [...]


    28. Truly fantastic book about the power of stories, tradition, the fragility of society, a fall from grace and the burdens and dangers of leadership disguised as an adventure story Reads like a Heinlein juvenile that somehow discovered a profound talent for introspection Would make a great YA novel, provided it had less of an ick factor Loved the characters, thought the structure of 2 primary, alternating viewpoints with plenty of opportunities to see through the eyes of the supporting cast was wel [...]


    29. A 500 member Family is stuck on a permanently dark planet, amusingly named Eden Descended from two Angela and Tommy members of the original crew of the ship Defiant this is a strange collective Split into a number of sub groups, the society of both strongly matriarchal and gerontocratic in bred family units is a hunter gatherer society operating in an environment of decreasing resource availability while waiting for Earth to come and rescue them Into this stagnant collective is thrown a couple o [...]


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