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Robert Charles Wilson

Spin by Robert Charles Wilson Book Summary

From the author of Axis and Vortex, the first Hugo Award-winning novel in the environmental apocalyptic Spin Trilogy...

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, 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 day 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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Book Name Spin
Genre Science Fiction
Language English
E-Book Size 4.2 MB

Spin (Robert Charles Wilson) Book Reviews 2023

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Best Book I've Read in Years. Blew me away.

Awesome.... ...literally. Some of the biggest ideas ever seen in print are in this book!

Wow!. I recently read stephen kings the dome. While king focused on the characters and the downfall of society, this book focused more on the science side and ended with much less blood. I really enjoyed looking up fact vs fiction (thank you google). I will be downloading more by this author.

Terrific book. Probably the best sci-fi novel I've read since Carl Sagan's Contact.

Very good, but no Hyperion.. I read the Hyperion series before this. It didn't stand a chance.

The Best!. One of the best SciFi books I've ever read!

Very enjoyable. There are some very interesting concepts here, ones that I've never heard imagined in any other science fiction book. I was most engaged when the story focused on what was happening in the bigger picture of our solar system and less so when it focused on the relationship nuances between the main characters. Sometimes, it seemed like their dialogue was somewhat trivial and verbose. But all in all, a very good book that I would recommend.

Pretty good read.. Interesting story about a hopeful-yet-scary future of the world were we can persist in spite of human nature.

Genius.. A fantastic sci-fi premise navigated with grace and feeling. Even if you aren't a die-hard sci-fi fan, the complexity of the relationships at the core of the story carry you easily across the eons it somehow spans. By the end of the book, I found myself wondering which was the greater creative achievement: unraveling the puzzle that underlies the tale, or the fact that its unraveling is so natural, processed through the eyes of its many unforgettable characters.

Not bad for sci fi. Hope this does not double post. Downloaded because on iTunes essentials list! but so was Enders Game, but downloaded it anyway. Good pacing for a sci fi book if not a bit over indulgent. Interesting pay off. Book read better once I learned I could skip every, yes every, part where Tyler interacts with a woman. The Diane relationship was beaten to death, propped up, and beaten again. The significance of the betrayal at YoYoDyne was never explained. Martian was a throw-away. Wasted opportunity. Still, a good read for a science fiction story.

What a wonderful surprise of a book. The book is a slow read, as some reviewers have said. It's detailed in the right ways and spends time to describe the world and the relationships. But it's a page-turner as well, and that was the greatest surprise. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Great ideas. Boring characters.. Loved the way the technical details were explained. I finished the book a week ago and I can’t name one of the protagonists.

....wow.. I have never read or imagined anything like this. It is huge in its scope with ideas and visuals that will literally blow your mind. I've read all three in this series and by far Spin is by far the best. I feel I must say this isn't a light read. It will make you think and feel and will haunt you when you're not reading it. At least it did for me. Loved every page of it.

Best Book I've read in a long time.. I just finished it after 2 days of furious secret reading at my desk at work and up all night at home. It reminded me a bit of The Great Gatsby with a little bit of The Forever War thrown in and a little of KSR's Mars Trilogy. Just read it. Buy it an read it. It won the Hugo Award. Just read it. Your welcome.

Spin. I wanted to like this book, afterall, I committed to 17 hours of my life to listen to it and $30.00. Big idea of a mysterious power that is able to encapsulate the entire earth seemed pretty cool but slow moving, excruciatingly painful details that do nothing to promote the larger idea. but the worst is the major disappointment of a very weak, nothing ending that does nothing to explain or introduce the mystery of who or what was actually able to make the big idea happen. I actually listed to the last chaper twice to see if I missed something but there was nothing to miss. I felt I wasted 17 hours. I've listened to so many good books and SF books but maybe you will feel differently but I can't recommend it.

Have now read. all three books in this series. Took almost a year but I like to read several books simultaneously. Rarely do I ever give a book or books 5 stars but these books separately and together are outstanding. Hang in through the slow parts and you will get your reward.

100 Words or Less. Really really great idea. The concept is interesting, surprising, and so well handled. As with all Earth-shattering events, the details make or break the story. Here, Wilson does an amazing job to make it personal. The three main characters have depth and space to breathe. The plot throws in some cool surprises. But most of all, this is a novel that makes you think. It makes you actually curious about how it will resolve. Overall, it comes together almost perfectly at the end, satisfying and beautifully written, while throwing in some juicy stuff for the science geeks.

WOW!. I loved 'Spin'! So well written, with relatable characters and frighteningly plausible premise, insightful, clever, funny... All the things a good read should have.

So so.... Although the premise of the novel was interesting - Earth surrounded by some sort of barrier - this story took forever to develop. Precious little action, characters that seem rather one-dimensional, and a rather mundane climax. There didn't seem to be much of a crisis here - everything just sort of "ho hum." Don't imagine that I will be reading the sequel.

Great idea, mediocre character development.. I had a difficult time rating this, because the ideas behind the world were beautiful and brilliant, but the writing quality wasn't able to back it up. The book describes our world as encased in a time differential, with millions of years passing outside of earth's orbit for every one year on earth. This allows experiments and explorations to be performed that were otherwise inconceivable. This part gets five stars. Character development however is atrocious. One dimensional characters with poorly defined or absent motives plow randomly through a plot line that outside of the science behind it could have been described in a paragraph. The author uses time shifting to try to hide the fact that the narrative can't stand by itself if presented in a linear fashion. Female characters have even less development, in a world where apparently they can only be nurses, failed religious zealots, or alcoholics. The men are driven logical creatures, and the women are ruled by emotion, becoming alcoholics, failing at relationships, or sleeping around for information. As poorly developed as the male characters are, the female characters might as well have been written out completely. It's a ridiculous amount of misogyny for a book written in the twenty-first century. Overall, it's an interesting read, but the bright spots were centered on a few small descriptions of the science involved, and sadly, one might enjoy the plot summary on Wikipedia more then the book itself. With a different author, character arcs, and an actual plot, this might have been a great book. I will not be reading the sequel.

SPIN Theory.... Compelling and emotional

Creative and imaginary.. I love science fiction and this was my favorite of all science fiction stories I've read so far. The style of writing was imaginative, creative, and vivid. This is the first book I've read by this author but not my last. I'm looking forward to the next one. I loved it.

Excellent. A well written and very intriguing book and story. Well written and defined characters, interesting and fascinating plot to keep you hooked on to the next chapter(s). The medical synopsis and verbose were quite impressively accurate in vernacular and meaning. The physics was well thought out and displayed a good sense of reality if there is such.. Overall a must read.

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Great book. I loved the pace of the story. One of the great books i have read in this decade.

Out of the box .... and intriguing.

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The Spin book written by Robert Charles Wilson was published on 01 July 2010, Thursday in the Science Fiction category. A total of 531 readers of the book gave the book 4.5 points out of 5.

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