Spin

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Macmillan, Feb 7, 2006 - Fiction - 454 pages
715 Reviews
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.
  

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The plot is evolved at a very reasonable pace. - Goodreads
Such doggedly mediocre writing. - Goodreads
Great premise, well written. - Goodreads
Loved the story line, the story telling not so much. - Goodreads
Ending is odd and a bit muddled. - Goodreads
Great book, good character development, exciting plot. - Goodreads

Review: Spin (Spin Saga #1)

User Review  - Chris Peck - Goodreads

Once Sentence Review: Story telling at it's best, allowing for a complex plot intertwined with wonderfully imaginative science fiction. Read full review

Review: Spin (Spin Saga #1)

User Review  - Jon Mountjoy - Goodreads

Hmmm. I like the ideas behind the book, but the writing felt rather rigid and journalistic. It's won awards, which surprised me, but I think they were for the splendid, good old-fashioned science fiction ideas. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
18
Section 3
37
Section 4
47
Section 5
52
Section 6
70
Section 7
90
Section 8
100
Section 17
256
Section 18
270
Section 19
294
Section 20
302
Section 21
327
Section 22
345
Section 23
352
Section 24
365

Section 9
116
Section 10
131
Section 11
143
Section 12
168
Section 13
188
Section 14
202
Section 15
218
Section 16
235
Section 25
380
Section 26
397
Section 27
407
Section 28
421
Section 29
449
Section 30
453
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About the author (2006)

ROBERT CHARLES WILSON was born in California and lives in Toronto. His Darwinia won Canada's Aurora Award and was a finalist for the science fiction's Hugo Award; The Chronoliths was also a Hugo finalist and won the John W. Campbell Award; and his most recent novel, Blind Lake, was a Hugo finalist and a New York Times Notable Book. Earlier, his novel A Hidden Place won the Philip K. Dick Award.

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