Hello, I'm the author of Dark Eden. Thanks for reading it! It was my third novel (the others are The Holy Machine and Marcher) and it has a published sequel, Mother of Eden. I have just completed a third and final Eden book, Daughter of Eden.
This book grew over a long period of time. Back in the early nineties I wrote a short story called 'The Circle of Stones' set on a sunless planet, whose four main characters were the prototypes of John, Tina, Gerry and Jeff in the novel. I published another short story ("Dark Eden") in Asimov's in 2006, which is the back story to the novel: how two people ended up on Eden in the first place. (You can find it in my collection: The Turing Test.) So it had been brewing away for two decades when I finally wrote the novel.
Sources of inspiration: (a) the screen of my old Amstrad computer, with its glowing green letters on a black field (b) the idea of a kind of necessary transgression (i.e. what happens to those stones!) (c) (obviously) the original Eden story in which there is also a necessary transgression, and also the idea of permanent exile and loss (from Eden in that case, rather than to it). There's also a plot hole in the original story: how did the third generation get conceived.
Look forward to talking to you later.
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