Dark Eden (Beckett)

3 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 369 ratings

Dark Eden Summary

Dark Eden was shortlisted for the BSFA Best Novel award, and was the winner of the 2013 Arthur C. Clarke award.

A marooned outpost of humanity struggles to survive on a startlingly alien world. John Redlantern, one of the 532 degenerating descendants of two marooned space explorers, will break the laws of Eden, shatter the Family, and change history. He will be the first to abandon hope, the first to abandon the old ways, the first to kill another, the first to venture into the Dark, and the first to discover the truth about Eden....

Chris Beckett is a university lecturer living in Cambridge. He has written over 20 short stories, many of them originally published in Interzone and Asimov's. In 2009 he won the Edge Hill Short Story competition for his collection of stories, The Turing Test.

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  • Book 1

    • Dark Eden

    • By: Chris Beckett
    • Narrated by: Oliver Hembrough, Jessica Martin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 236
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 221
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 220

    A marooned outpost of humanity struggles to survive on a startlingly alien world. John Redlantern, one of the 532 degenerating descendants of two marooned space explorers, will break the laws of Eden, shatter the Family and change history. He will be the first to abandon hope, the first to abandon the old ways, the first to kill another, the first to venture into the Dark, and the first to discover the truth about Eden....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Everything I look for in Science Fiction

    • By M on 05-08-15

    Regular price: £18.99

  • Book 2

    • Mother of Eden

    • By: Chris Beckett
    • Narrated by: Jessica Martin, Oliver Hembrough
    • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 91
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 87

    We speak of a mother's love, but we forget her power. Power over life. Power to give and to withhold. Generations after the breakup of the human family of Eden, the Johnfolk emphasise knowledge and innovation, the Davidfolk tradition and cohesion. But both have built hierarchical societies sustained by violence and dominated by men - and both claim to be the favoured children of a long-dead woman from Earth that all Eden knows as Gela, the mother of them all.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic sequel to an equally fantastic book

    • By Geoff Kendall on 16-06-15

    Regular price: £18.99

  • Book 3

    • Daughter of Eden

    • Dark Eden, Book 3
    • By: Chris Beckett
    • Narrated by: Imogen Church
    • Length: 15 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    Angie Redlantern is the first to spot the boats - five abreast, with men in metal masks and spears standing proud. As the people of New Earth declare war on the people of Mainground, a dangerous era has dawned for Eden. After generations of division and disagreement, the two populations of Eden have finally broken their tentative peace, giving way to bloodshed and slaughter. Angie must flee with her family across the pitch black of Snowy Dark to the place where it all started.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Unfortunately let down by the narration...

    • By Miko on 01-07-17

    Regular price: £18.99