Nina Allan's re-imagining of the Arachne myth, with its receding overlays of the modern and the antique, creates a space all its own. The scene is clean and minimal, the light Mediterranean, the story seems musing and sad: but by the last two pages, Spin has you in a grip that persists long after you put it down. --M. John Harrison
The writing is precise, the imagery vividly sensual; by re-imagining ancient myth in a stunningly realised alternate Greece, Nina Allan traps you in a web of story. --Paul Kincaid
Allan's prose is as adaptable as her juggling of SF and mythical materials: finely observed and realistic when it needs to be (as during the bus trip into the city), lyrical when it begins to focus on romance and self-discovery. There is, not surprisingly, a recurring pattern of spider imagery, but it's never intrusive enough to shout "metaphor" at the reader, and works well thematically with the related pattern of weaving imagery. It's an elegant, quiet, and quite satisfying fable. --Gary K. Wolfe, Locus
About the Author
Nina Allan was born in Whitechapel, London, grew up in the Midlands and West Sussex, and studied Russian literature at the University of Exeter and Corpus Christi College, Oxford. She wrote her first short story at the age of six. Recurring obsessions include old clocks and rare insects, forgotten manuscripts and abandoned houses. Nina's stories have appeared regularly in premier British speculative fiction magazines Interzone, Black Static and Crimewave, and have been selected for various Year's Best anthologies.