Spin

Spin

Book - 2006
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Spin is Robert Charles Wilson's Hugo Award-winning masterpiece--a stunning combination of a galactic "what if" and a small-scale, very human story.

One night in October when he was ten years old, Tyler Dupree stood in his back yard and watched the stars go out. They all flared into brilliance at once, then disappeared, replaced by a flat, empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

The effect is worldwide. The sun is now a featureless disk--a heat source, rather than an astronomical object. The moon is gone, but tides remain. Not only have the world's artificial satellites fallen out of orbit, their recovered remains are pitted and aged, as though they'd been in space far longer than their known lifespans. As Tyler, Jason, and Diane grow up, a space probe reveals a bizarre truth: The barrier is artificial, generated by huge alien artifacts. Time is passing faster outside the barrier than inside--more than a hundred million years per year on Earth. At this rate, the death throes of the sun are only about forty years in our future.

Jason, now a promising young scientist, devotes his life to working against this slow-moving apocalypse. Diane throws herself into hedonism, marrying a sinister cult leader who's forged a new religion out of the fears of the masses.

Earth sends terraforming machines to Mars to let the onrush of time do its work, turning the planet green. Next they send humans...and immediately get back an emissary with thousands of years of stories to tell about the settling of Mars. Then Earth's probes reveal that an identical barrier has appeared around Mars. Jason, desperate, seeds near space with self-replicating machines that will scatter copies of themselves outward from the sun--and report back on what they find.

Life on Earth is about to get much, much stranger.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2006, c2005
Edition: 1st mass market ed
ISBN: 9780765348258
076534825X
Branch Call Number: SF WILSON 2006
Characteristics: 458 p. ; 18 cm

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Uyc Jul 09, 2016

A really descriptive look at a trio of friends who just happen to be caught in an apocalyptic-like situation seemingly orchestrated by "others". I felt that the book focused more on their lives than what was happening to Earth, but it was an interesting concept nonetheless. It was a bit hard to follow between the shifts in past and present, and I was hoping for a more concrete resolution, but what can you do?

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joshualatos
Jan 07, 2015

Intriguing story (the first of a series) and good writing. The downside, to me, is that the author insists on going into great detail about every aspect of the character's lives, veering dangerously close to a "shaggy dog story". I almost put this one down half way through, but instead I reverted to skimming over the long descriptions of childhood bike crashes and lost loves. The story itself is captivating, and I imagine some folks would actually enjoy this style of writing, it just wasn't for me. That said, there is a good chance I will pick up the second book, which is teased at the end of this one.

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 04, 2014

I would give this five stars on the concept alone--a mind-blowing exploration of the manipulation of time and space, and some of the possible consequences thereof. Throw in some terraforming and accelerated evolution, and this book is really a trip. Fortunately, the writing is very good also, with developed characters and recurring themes of theology and epistemology.

KRockstar10 Jun 19, 2013

I was thinking about this book right before I fell asleep last night, which is odd because when I woke up this morning and checked my email, the Goodreads new releases message informed me that book three of this series was new this month. Well, I was super excited because I never even knew there was a book 2!

This book was very well done. The characters are great and it really keeps you guessing until the very end. I was worried that some of it might be a little over my head, but it was never a problem! Loved it.

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sldoug
Jun 24, 2012

I loved the ideas presented in this book, I wish he'd write a whole separate book about the first Mars settlers, but man I really did not like the characters or the plotlines that were character driven, which made it hard to fully appreciate this book.

KileyP Apr 26, 2012

Robert Charles Wilson writes such a beautiful and perfect book, that I got out of my car one evening and was surprised to see the moon. His character development is surprising considering the plot line is so intricate, but RCW takes nothing for granted and delivers a superb start to a beautiful trilogy.

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gerrys
Jun 14, 2011

I haven't read anything this good since Guy Gavriel Kay's last novel. Great character exploration. Great story that keeps unfolding almost till the end. I'll have to check out what else he's written.

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dida
Dec 07, 2009

I really liked this book. Some may dislike the interrupted story line (which moves back and forth between the 'present' and historical explanations for how the present came to be), but I enjoyed the gradual exposition. I found the science fiction premise of the book original and interesting.

Note added later: This book stands alone. The sequel (Axis) is decent, but (in my opinion) not as good as Spin, and although is carries forward the science fiction aspects of the plot, the characters and environment are almost completely distinct.

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macierules
Dec 05, 2009

Lots of food for thought in this social sci-fi about the life and death of our solar system. Enjoyed the love story angle as well.

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