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  • Mass Market Paperback: 596 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra Books; Reprint edition (Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553586254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553586251
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.5 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 822,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"ÝT¨his richly textured second novel explores issues of identity and loyalty, swapping quantum mechanics for complexity theory and mystery for suspense."--"Publishers Weekly"
"The characters have the complexity of motivation and backstory to make this more than just another dire-future thriller.... Tension-riddled."--"Booklist"

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" [T]his richly textured second novel explores issues of identity and loyalty, swapping quantum mechanics for complexity theory and mystery for suspense." -- "Publishers Weekly"
" The characters have the complexity of motivation and backstory to make this more than just another dire-future thriller.... Tension-riddled." -- "Booklist"

"From the Trade Paperback edition."

"[T]his richly textured second novel explores issues of identity and loyalty, swapping quantum mechanics for complexity theory and mystery for suspense."--"Publishers Weekly"

"The characters have the complexity of motivation and backstory to make this more than just another dire-future thriller.... Tension-riddled."--"Booklist"


"From the Trade Paperback edition."

About the Author

Chris Moriarty was born in 1968 and has lived in Europe, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. A former environmental attorney who has also worked as a ranch hand, horse trainer, and backcountry guide, Chris is the author of Spin State and Spin Control.

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Not since mid to late 1980s William Gibson and Bruce Sterling have I read a book that's nearly as well written and as grandiose in scope with regards to the potential impact that a computer-based technological future may have on humanity. With "Spin Control" Chris Moriarty has written what can be described as the finest post-cyberpunk space opera novel ever written, effortlessly capturing the gritty realism of William Gibson's street-wise "Sprawl" short stories and "Cyberspace" trilogy ("Neuromancer", "Count Zero", "Mona Lis Overdrive") with Bruce Sterling's hard-edge, almost dystopian, Shaper/Machinist cyberpunk space opera ("Schisimatrix"). Others, most notably Richard K. Morgan, in his Takeshi Kovacs series of novels, have come close to providing such a compelling, thoughtful piece of entertainment on humanity's post-human future. However, none have rendered such a scientifically firmly-rooted, realistic bit of extrapolation as Chris Moriarty has done, by relying upon important work in complexity theory, evolutionary ecology and the systematic zoology of ants, and by citing someone as important as distinguished evolutionary biologist E. O. Wilson for providing the nonfictional roots of her elegantly realized post-cyberpunk science fiction novel (Indeed, much of the novel relies strongly upon a strong dose of evolutionary ecology and systematic zoology, which, undoubtedly will come as an unwarranted surprise to IDiots (Intelligent Design advocates) and other creationists who strongly doubt the scientific validity of evolution.). Best of all, Chris Moriarty is such a skillful prose stylist that her writing warrants favorable comparisons to the likes of both Gibson and Sterling.Read more ›
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A sequel to Spin State that is set on an Earth which is a polluted, largely sterile holdout the quarantines itself from the clone Syndicates who control space. Arkady, a Syndicate clone is an item to be auctioned off between Earth factions in the midst of a simmering Israeli-Palestinian war. He is valuable only because of the disruptive potential of the biotechnology he discovered as a member of a planetary survey team. Catherine Li makes a reappearance with Cohen the AI, and as the violence surrounding the auction and potential buyers attempts to verify Arkady's identity continues, we are taken on a series of flashbacks that slowly reveal the threat the posed to the established order. A little unfocussed, somewhat interesting read that fails to live up to Spin State.
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This author seems seriously underrated and this book is much better than Spin State, the first book in the series.
It speculates well on a wide range of topics from posthumanism, kinship relationships for clones (treated more positively and more constructively than Stephen Baxter), the future flexibility of mankind as it exists today in dealing with challenges such as climate change and colonisation. There's vignettes well worth reading in sub topics like the relationship of AI to human (well augmented human).
Recommended.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x97ab2cfc) out of 5 stars 30 reviews
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97a46894) out of 5 stars SF intrigue and adventure 14 July 2006
By Elisabeth Carey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a sequel to Moriarty's 2003 Spin State, which I enjoyed very much. Catherine Li, now an ex-Peacekeeper, and her very dangerous AI lover, Cohen, are back, this time pursuing information from a Syndicate defector. The defector, a Syndicate clone called Arkady, has information about a genetic doomsday weapon powerful enough to wipe out humanity. He's defected to Israel, but the Israelis for some reason aren't buying the story, and have decided to sell it, and Ardady, to the highest bidder. And Li and Cohen have been hired to represent the interests of the Artificial Life Emancipation Front.

In alternating sections we get the current intrigue, with Arkady's confusion at life outside the space-faring clone Syndicates, and especially on old, tired, damaged Earth, Li and Cohen's struggles with their conflicting loyalties needs, and Arkady's last months in the Syndicates, building to the secret of the weapon and the cause of his defection. In Spin State, seen mainly through Catherine Li's eyes, the Syndicates were the ominous, monolithic, threatening Enemy. In Spin Control, seen from the inside, the ominous forces are still there, but it's altogether a more complex and conflicted picture--the Syndicates in some respects (by no means all!) represent a life governed by more humane values than what the UN offers to most of those living under its rule. There's also a good deal more--call it cultural diversity, call it personality differences--among the different clone Syndicates than Li, with her constricted view of them, could suspect. And it's in that diversity of cultural values that lies both the threat and the promise of what Arkady has come to tell someone who'll listen.

Spin State was a very good book. Spin Control is a better book. Highly recommended.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97a468e8) out of 5 stars Mixed Bag 26 Aug. 2007
By J. Avellanet - Published on Amazon.com
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There are parts of this book, particularly the last 100 pages, that are hard to put down and will keep you reading through phone calls and well past bedtime.

Unfortunately, there are parts of the book that are also weak...or so fascinating that just by touching upon them rather than exploring them more...I was left unsatisfied and a bit perplexed. I agree with several of the reviewers that the parts of the book about the Syndicates were fascinating and desperately needed to be explored far more.

Also, the plot is almost ludicrously convoluted and the chart the characters draw up to get their own hands around the plot made me think first, Wow, neat idea, and then, Wait a minute...this is what's wrong, when's the last time I read a great book that had to include a chart of various characters and plotlines to keep me focused...? Never, that's when, and that's the fundamental problem.

The characterization is excellent, the setting perfectly spun (albeit depressing), and the writing top notch. Unfortunately, the plot spins a bit too much out of control, is too convoluted and thus ends up losing a lot of its punch...which then caused my enjoyment of the book to drop.

If you like Moriarity's earlier book, SPIN STATE, this is an enjoyable, if not great read. If this is your first look at Moriarity or this type of cyberpunk sci-fi, there are a lot better books out there to whet your appetite on.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97a46bc4) out of 5 stars No sophomore slump here 17 Dec. 2006
By Jon M Altbergs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Not many sci-fi authors can successfully carry the banner of the hard-boiled tech noir first raised by William Gibson. Chris Moriarity of one of those few.

After enjoying the complex plot and dark environs of 'Spin State', I looked forward to diving into Moriarty's next novel. 'Spin Control' did not disappoint. Its plot is much tighter, even though much of it is told through a series of flashbacks and the over-the-shoulder point of view follows several different characters rather than just the heroine of 'Spin State', Catherine Li.

In 'Spin Control' Moriarty has given herself much more freedom to roam. She leaves behind the claustrophobic mines of Compson's World and sets out to explore the larger universe she has created. In 'Spin Control' we learn a lot more about the Syndicates and their way of life and are offered an intriguing glimpse into the personal history (histories?) of the AI Cohen. Li and Korchow still figure prominently in the story, but they don't dominate.

If you like William Gibson, Iain M Banks, or Richard K Morgan, you'll enjoy Moriarty's work as well. The territory will feel familiar, and you're not likely to find much that's new or groundbreaking. However, if you enjoy the genre or enjoyed 'Spin State', you'll find 'Spin Control' worth your time.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97a47108) out of 5 stars Very much worth reading 27 Dec. 2006
By R. R. Wilk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Perhaps the most complex and intelligent science fiction novel I have read in many years. Full of great ideas, cutting edge genetics, and some serious thought about the nature of war, violence, security and duplicity. At times the burden of ideas overwhelms the plot and characters, which are just not strong enough to carry the burden. The absence of any moral valence left me cold towards all the characters, even the protagonist who effectively conveys the blank affect of a genetically-overbred clone. In the end the author's imagination is more entrancing than the story. But this is definitely an author to watch, and someone whose books set a standard for being informed, thoughtful and engaged with the kinds of moral issues we face in the 21st.

(speaking of which, the whole point of the book is that labels like 'gay' are just stupid, and if that is the most important thing you get out of this novel, I am really sorry you missed so much.)
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97a47120) out of 5 stars The Best Post-Cyberpunk Science Fiction Novel I've Ever Read 18 July 2007
By John Kwok - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Not since mid to late 1980s William Gibson and Bruce Sterling have I read a book that's nearly as well written and as grandiose in scope with regards to the potential impact that a computer-based technological future may have on humanity. With "Spin Control" Chris Moriarty has written what can be described as the finest post-cyberpunk space opera novel ever written, effortlessly capturing the gritty realism of William Gibson's street-wise "Sprawl" short stories and "Cyberspace" trilogy ("Neuromancer", "Count Zero", "Mona Lis Overdrive") with Bruce Sterling's hard-edge, almost dystopian, Shaper/Machinist cyberpunk space opera ("Schisimatrix"). Others, most notably Richard K. Morgan, in his Takeshi Kovacs series of novels, have come close to providing such a compelling, thoughtful piece of entertainment on humanity's post-human future. However, none have rendered such a scientifically firmly-rooted, realistic bit of extrapolation as Chris Moriarty has done, by relying upon important work in complexity theory, evolutionary ecology and the systematic zoology of ants, and by citing someone as important as distinguished evolutionary biologist E. O. Wilson for providing the nonfictional roots of her elegantly realized post-cyberpunk science fiction novel (Indeed, much of the novel relies strongly upon a strong dose of evolutionary ecology and systematic zoology, which, undoubtedly will come as an unwarranted surprise to IDiots (Intelligent Design advocates) and other creationists who strongly doubt the scientific validity of evolution.). Best of all, Chris Moriarty is such a skillful prose stylist that her writing warrants favorable comparisons to the likes of both Gibson and Sterling.

"Spin Control" is the immediate sequel to "Spin State", which introduced readers to Moriarity's brilliant, exquisitely-realized future of off-world post-human Syndicates allied against a United Nations comprised of human colonies and an ecologically devestated Planet Earth that is still losing its human population, centuries after a rapid ecological collapse which led to both widespread human immigration from Earth and the mass extinction of many species of animals and plants (I have not yet read "Spin State", but am eagerly looking forward to it.). In "Spin State" readers where introduced to intelligence operative - and AI-enhanced clone - Hyacinthe Cohen and UN Peacekeeper Catherine Li; here in "Spin Control", they have returned, in subordinate roles, as representatives of ALEF (Artificial Life Emancipation Front), in search of one very special prize. His name is Arkady, a "clone with a conscience", a Syndicate myrmecologist (ant ecologist), who arrives on Planet Earth as a survivor of an ill-fated terraforming mission on the Planet Novalis, and a willing defector to the State of Israel with a dangerous, potentially deadly, weapon that could change the fate of humanity; an unknown genetic weapon which he "discovered" by accident on Novalis. However, the Mossad, Israel's Secret Service, claims ample disinterest, offering to bid him to the highest bidder: ALEF, the Palestinians, even the Fundamentalist Protestant religious theocrats now in charge of the United States of America. What will follow - as deftly told by Chris Moriarty in her riveting, almost ornate, yet rather poetic, prose - may determine the future of humanity not only on Planet Earth, but also in interstellar space, and the survival of the post-human Syndicates.
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