I'm about halfway through Eon where the Soviets invade the stone, but what was a minor problem for me is now almost a show stopper. I can't picture the stone in my head.
Spinning Juno asteroid, hollowed out into 7 chamber, sure. But the "bore holes" completely lose me. I've searched the net to no avail.
This is what I picture: http://bloo.playnet.com/eon_stone.GIF
(I think the chambers are more regular though, the whole thing being a tube of the same diameter cut through the asteroid, but I don't have the time to revise that sketch).
If that is remotely close, are the bore holes openings in the outer shell part?
From: Greg Bear
Hold up your average baking potato, and shove a barbecue skewer through its middle, down the long axis. Pull the skewer out, and imagine that's the bore hole, with seven chambers aligned inside. Let me know if that doesn't solve your visualization problems!
From: Chris Johnston
Location: Los Angeles, CA
I just started reading EON after seeing the results of the CGSociety's CG Challenge XX...
It's fun going through and deciding which of the images and animations comes closest to what's being described!
From: Mad Max
bloo, I had the exact same experience at the same spot.
Greg, your analogy helped clarify the bore hole; however, I am a bit confused about the plasma tube relative to the bore hole. Some of the great artwork at CGSociety has thrown me off! Can you please clarify?
From: Greg Bear
The Plasma Tube wraps around the singularity and meets up with a ring around the bore hole in the chamber wall. It provides illumination inside the Way.