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4.4 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in Spin (3 Book Series)
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"Wilson does so many fine things, it's hard to know where to begin to praise him."

"Yhe first major SF novel of 2005, another triumph for Robert Charles Wilson in a long string of triumphs."

"An astonishingly successful mo?=lange of SF thriller, growing-up saga... and apocalyptic fable in prose that sings the music of the spheres."

"One night the stars go out. From that breathtaking 'what if, ' Wilson builds an astonishingly successful melange of SF thriller, growing-up saga, tender love story, father-son conflict, ecological parable and apocalyptic fable in prose that sings the music of the spheres."
--"Publishers Weekly "(starred review) on "Spin"
"Robert Charles Wilson is one of the best science-fiction writers alive, a fact borne out in his latest work... "Spin" is the best science-fiction novel so far this year."
--"Rocky Mountain News"
"Wilson's most ambitious and most successful novel to date...Wide-ranging and well-crafted."
--"San Diego"" ""Union""-Tribune "on "Spin"
"The long-anticipated marriage between the hard sf novel and the literary novel, resulting in an offspring possessing the robust ideational vigor of the former with the graceful narrative subtleties of the latter, might finally have occurred in the form of Robert Charles Wilson's "Spin." Here's a book that features speculative conceits as brash and thrilling as those found in any space opera, along with insights into the human condition as rich as those contained within any mainstream mimetic fiction, with both its conceits and insights beautifully embedded in crystalline prose....Wilson does so many fine things, it's hard to know where to begin to praise him."
"--The ""Washington"" Post"
"Of all SF writers currently active, Robert Charles Wilson may well be the best at balancing cosmic drama with human drama..."Spin "is many things: psychological novel, technological thriller, apocalyptic picaresque, cosmological meditation. But it is, foremost, the first major SF novel of 2005, another triumph for Robert CharlesWilson in a long string of triumphs."
--"Locus"
"One of SF's distinctive qualities, often derided by mainstream critics as a weakness, is its literalization of metaphor, but Wilson's masterful exploitation of the Membrane's fictional possibilities provides an exhilarating demonstration of why precisely the opposite can be true..."Spin" is also a family drama that would not be out of place on mainstream shelves..."Spin" is a provocative, frequently dazzling read."
--SCIFI.COM
"A subtle and thought-provoking writer. Just when the reader thinks he knows where Wilson is going, he finds himself somewhere else entirely."
--Robin Hobb on Robert Charles Wilson
"Robert Charles Wilson continues to surprise and delight. I can't think of another science fiction writer who understands the strengths of the genre so well and who works with such confidence within its elastic boundaries...Wilson never loses sight of the human angle. His theme is the importance of communication, which, as his characters come to learn, should never remain one-way."
--"The New York Times" on "Blind"" ""Lake"""
"A superior SF thriller."
--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) on "Blind"" ""Lake"""
"Fizzing with ideas...Intense, absorbing, memorable."
--"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review) on "Blind"" ""Lake"""
"The steely quiet of "Blind"" ""Lake" draws you in like a magnet...Wilson does not ever raise his voice, which does not mean he speaks softly. How he speaks is "still." In his calm, stony exile's gaze upon the prisons of the world, and in his measured adherence to storylines that say that everything may become a little better with much work, he is the most purely Canadian of allthe writers brought together here, and "Blind Lake" is the finest Canadian novel of all these."
--John Clute, "Toronto"" Globe and Mail"

"An astonishingly successful mlange of SF thriller, growing-up saga... and apocalyptic fable in prose that sings the music of the spheres."

"An astonishingly successful m???lange of SF thriller, growing-up saga... and apocalyptic fable in prose that sings the music of the spheres."

" One night the stars go out. From that breathtaking ' what if, ' Wilson builds an astonishingly successful me lange of SF thriller, growing-up saga, tender love story, father-son conflict, ecological parable and apocalyptic fable in prose that sings the music of the spheres."
--"Publishers Weekly "(starred review) on "Spin"
" Robert Charles Wilson is one of the best science-fiction writers alive, a fact borne out in his latest work... "Spin" is the best science-fiction novel so far this year."
--"Rocky Mountain News"
" Wilson's most ambitious and most successful novel to date... Wide-ranging and well-crafted."
--"San Diego"" ""Union""-Tribune "on "Spin"
" The long-anticipated marriage between the hard sf novel and the literary novel, resulting in an offspring possessing the robust ideational vigor of the former with the graceful narrative subtleties of the latter, might finally have occurred in the form of Robert Charles Wilson's "Spin," Here's a book that features speculative conceits as brash and thrilling as those found in any space opera, along with insights into the human condition as rich as those contained within any mainstream mimetic fiction, with both its conceits and insights beautifully embedded in crystalline prose... .Wilson does so many fine things, it's hard to know where to begin to praise him."
"--The ""Washington"" Post"
" Of all SF writers currently active, Robert Charles Wilson may well be the best at balancing cosmic drama with human drama... "Spin "is many things: psychological novel, technological thriller, apocalyptic picaresque, cosmological meditation. But it is, foremost, the first major SF novel of 2005, another triumph for Robert Charles Wilson in a long string of triumphs."
--"Locus"
"One of SF's distinctive qualities, often derided by mainstream critics as a weakness, is its literalization of metaphor, but Wilson's masterful exploitation of the Membrane's fictional possibilities provides an exhilarating demonstration of why precisely the opposite can be true..."Spin" is also a family drama that would not be out of place on mainstream shelves..."Spin" is a provocative, frequently dazzling read."
--SCIFI.COM
" A subtle and thought-provoking writer. Just when the reader thinks he knows where Wilson is going, he finds himself somewhere else entirely."
--Robin Hobb on Robert Charles Wilson
" Robert Charles Wilson continues to surprise and delight. I can't think of another science fiction writer who understands the strengths of the genre so well and who works with such confidence within its elastic boundaries... Wilson never loses sight of the human angle. His theme is the importance of communication, which, as his characters come to learn, should never remain one-way."
--"The New York Times" on "Blind"" ""Lake"""
" A superior SF thriller."
--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) on "Blind"" ""Lake"""
" Fizzing with ideas... Intense, absorbing, memorable."
--"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review) on "Blind"" ""Lake"""
" The steely quiet of "Blind"" ""Lake" draws you in like a magnet... Wilson does not ever raise his voice, which does not mean he speaks softly. How he speaks is "still," In hiscalm, stony exile's gaze upon the prisons of the world, and in his measured adherence to storylines that say that everything may become a little better with much work, he is the most purely Canadian of all the writers brought together here, and "Blind Lake" is the finest Canadian novel of all these."
--John Clute, "Toronto"" Globe and Mail"

"Wilson does so many fine things, it''s hard to know where to begin to praise him."

""Spin" is a family drama that would not be out of place on mainstream shelves... a provocative, frequently dazzling read."


"An astonishingly successful melange of SF thriller, growing-up saga... and apocalyptic fable in prose that sings the music of the spheres."

"Wilson's most ambitious and most successful novel to date.Wide-ranging and well-crafted."

"Wilson is one of the best science-fiction writers alive. Spin is the best science-fiction novel so far this year."

"Spin is a family drama that would not be out of place on mainstream shelves... a provocative, frequently dazzling read."

"Robert Charles Wilson is a hell of a storyteller."
--Stephen King "One night the stars go out. From that breathtaking 'what if, ' Wilson builds an astonishingly successful melange of SF thriller, growing-up saga, tender love story, father-son conflict, ecological parable and apocalyptic fable in prose that sings the music of the spheres."
--"Publishers Weekly "(starred review) on "Spin"
"Robert Charles Wilson is one of the best science-fiction writers alive, a fact borne out in his latest work "Spin" is the best science-fiction novel so far this year."
--"Rocky Mountain News"
"Wilson's most ambitious and most successful novel to date Wide-ranging and well-crafted."
--"San Diego""""Union""-Tribune "on "Spin"
"The long-anticipated marriage between the hard sf novel and the literary novel, resulting in an offspring possessing the robust ideational vigor of the former with the graceful narrative subtleties of the latter, might finally have occurred in the form of Robert Charles Wilson's "Spin." Here's a book that features speculative conceits as brash and thrilling as those found in any space opera, along with insights into the human condition as rich as those contained within any mainstream mimetic fiction, with both its conceits and insights beautifully embedded in crystalline prose .Wilson does so many fine things, it's hard to know where to begin to praise him."
"--The ""Washington"" Post"
"Of all SF writers currently active, Robert Charles Wilson may well be the best at balancing cosmic drama with human drama "Spin "is many things: psychological novel, technological thriller, apocalyptic picaresque, cosmological meditation. But it is, foremost, the first major SF novel of 2005, another triumph for Robert Charles Wilson in a long string of triumphs."
--"Locus"
"One of SF's distinctive qualities, often derided by mainstream critics as a weakness, is its literalization of metaphor, but Wilson's masterful exploitation of the Membrane's fictional possibilities provides an exhilarating demonstration of why precisely the opposite can be true..."Spin" is also a family drama that would not be out of place on mainstream shelves..."Spin" is a provocative, frequently dazzling read."
--SCIFI.COM
"A subtle and thought-provoking writer. Just when the reader thinks he knows where Wilson is going, he finds himself somewhere else entirely."
--Robin Hobb on Robert Charles Wilson
"Robert Charles Wilson continues to surprise and delight. I can't think of another science fiction writer who understands the strengths of the genre so well and who works with such confidence within its elastic boundaries Wilson never loses sight of the human angle. His theme is the importance of communication, which, as his characters come to learn, should never remain one-way."
--"The New York Times" on "Blind""""Lake"""
"A superior SF thriller."
--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) on "Blind""""Lake"""
"Fizzing with ideas Intense, absorbing, memorable."
--"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review) on "Blind""""Lake"""
"The steely quiet of "Blind""""Lake" draws you in like a magnet Wilson does not ever raise his voice, which does not mean he speaks softly. How he speaks is "still." In his calm, stony exile's gaze upon the prisons of the world, and in his measured adherence to storylines that say that everything may become a little better with much work, he is the most purely Canadian of all the writers brought together here, and "Blind Lake" is the finest Canadian novel of all these."
--John Clute, "Toronto"" Globe and Mail""

Robert Charles Wilson is a hell of a storyteller. Stephen King

One night the stars go out. From that breathtaking what if, ' Wilson builds an astonishingly successful melange of SF thriller, growing-up saga, tender love story, father-son conflict, ecological parable and apocalyptic fable in prose that sings the music of the spheres. "Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Spin"

Robert Charles Wilson is one of the best science-fiction writers alive, a fact borne out in his latest work "Spin" is the best science-fiction novel so far this year. "Rocky Mountain News "

Wilson's most ambitious and most successful novel to date Wide-ranging and well-crafted. "San Diego Union-Tribune on Spin"

The long-anticipated marriage between the hard sf novel and the literary novel, resulting in an offspring possessing the robust ideational vigor of the former with the graceful narrative subtleties of the latter, might finally have occurred in the form of Robert Charles Wilson's "Spin." Here's a book that features speculative conceits as brash and thrilling as those found in any space opera, along with insights into the human condition as rich as those contained within any mainstream mimetic fiction, with both its conceits and insights beautifully embedded in crystalline prose .Wilson does so many fine things, it's hard to know where to begin to praise him. "The Washington Post"

Of all SF writers currently active, Robert Charles Wilson may well be the best at balancing cosmic drama with human drama "Spin "is many things: psychological novel, technological thriller, apocalyptic picaresque, cosmological meditation. But it is, foremost, the first major SF novel of 2005, another triumph for Robert Charles Wilson in a long string of triumphs. "Locus"

One of SF's distinctive qualities, often derided by mainstream critics as a weakness, is its literalization of metaphor, but Wilson's masterful exploitation of the Membrane's fictional possibilities provides an exhilarating demonstration of why precisely the opposite can be true..."Spin" is also a family drama that would not be out of place on mainstream shelves..."Spin" is a provocative, frequently dazzling read. "SCIFI.COM "

A subtle and thought-provoking writer. Just when the reader thinks he knows where Wilson is going, he finds himself somewhere else entirely. "Robin Hobb on Robert Charles Wilson"

Robert Charles Wilson continues to surprise and delight. I can't think of another science fiction writer who understands the strengths of the genre so well and who works with such confidence within its elastic boundaries Wilson never loses sight of the human angle. His theme is the importance of communication, which, as his characters come to learn, should never remain one-way. "The New York Times on Blind Lake"

A superior SF thriller. "Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Blind Lake"

Fizzing with ideas Intense, absorbing, memorable. "Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on Blind Lake"

The steely quiet of Blind Lake draws you in like a magnet Wilson does not ever raise his voice, which does not mean he speaks softly. How he speaks is still. In his calm, stony exile s gaze upon the prisons of the world, and in his measured adherence to storylines that say that everything may become a little better with much work, he is the most purely Canadian of all the writers brought together here, and Blind Lake is the finest Canadian novel of all these. "John Clute, Toronto Globe and Mail""

Synopsis

After witnessing the onset of an astronomical event that has caused the sun to go black and the stars and moon to disappear, Tyler, Jason, and Diane learn that the darkness has been caused by a time-altering, alien-created artificial barrier and that the sun will be extinguished in less than forty years. Reprint.

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  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Gateway (29 Sept. 2011)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HRPZ56
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
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The Spin is the name given to a mysterious veil that one October night in the near future, shuts off the stars and isolates the earth, but not only that, for every minute that passes on Earth, three years pass outside the veil.

The three main characters deal with this in three very human ways. Jason tries to understand who created the Spin, and why, emersing himself in science. Jason's twin sister, Diane, follows the path of faith, spirituality and enlightenment. Tyler, childhood friend of both takes the middle road, dedicating himself to helping others, becoming a doctor and attempting to simply live life.

Wilson exposes the vulnerability we all feel when we look at the sky and wonder, "What if we're not alone?". When an event so powerfull as to dwarf every human endevour occurs, one cannot help but feel completely overwhelmed.

Spin is not hardcore SciFi, but good tale, well told. involving everything you'd expect from a good scifi book, but without the technobabble. Technical issues that do arise are well explained, as Tyler is just your everyday, cynical Joe, and requires a lot of explanation.

Spin is shortlisted for the 2006 Hugo awards, and well deserved so.
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I wanted to like it more than I did. The premise was interesting, but the character development let it down. I didn't really care about any of them. Weird typos. Lots of unusual words in this book, which was fun, but I'd put money on some of them having been made up by the author... ;)
I think the book would really benefit from some proper pruning by a fearless editor. At about two thirds the length I think it could be a winner.
I feel about this similar to how I felt about 'Ender's Game' (setting aside the fact that EG was supposed to be a prequel) - it was fine on its own, but having read this book, I have no urge to immediately snap up the subsequent books in the series.
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`Hard' science fiction novels, all too often, get bogged down in their `gee-whiz' science, to the detriment of their story and characters. Happily, such is not the case here, as the characters of Tyler Dupree and Jason and Diane Lawton are well depicted, and their story, of just how they react when all the stars suddenly disappear one night, remains front and center throughout this book.

The `gee-whiz' science here is the `Spin', a membrane folded around the earth that slows the time rate experienced by its denizens by a factor of 100 million versus the `normal' universe. This has an implication: in just 40 Earth years, 4 billion years will have passed on the outside, our sun will be nearing the end of its life, and will have expanded to the point that an unprotected Earth would be immediately fried. Where did this membrane come from? Who put it there, and perhaps more importantly, why? What can be done about it? Wilson's characters, in one way or another, attempt to answer these questions, an involvement that shapes much of their lives, and the lives of everyone on Earth, who are effectively facing a true end of the world scenario.

Wilson presents his science in fairly small, well explained chunks - you don't need to be an actual rocket scientist to grasp what he is presenting, and this presentation doesn't interrupt the story flow, unlike all too many books that belong to this sub-genre.

While all the above is quite good, I found I was disappointed in the final answers the book provides. I saw most of the answers long before they were directly shown - not good for a concept of this grand scope. Nor was I greatly impressed by the philosophical points raised.
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Some SF writers use deliberately obscure language to presumably enhance the complexity of the ideas or the plot. The more difficulty you have undestanding what's going on, the more technically/scientifically complex the story is supposed to be. What happens, in fact, is that you plod through virtually unintelligible text to hopefully glean some kind of meaning.

What I appreciated in this novel is that it reads like a novel. It is clearly written, it respects the reader and it is very exciting!!
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This novel won a Hugo award for best novel. The plot centres around the after effects of a cosmic phenomenon that results in the stars and moon disappearing from the Earth's sky, while the sun, though still present, looks different. The Earth has become trapped inside a membrane, outside which time is passing much more rapidly than it is inside. Like many SF novels, this is one which draws its strength from its ideas, rather than from plot or characters. The plot in my view too often gets bogged down with technological info dumps and accounts of what has happened (telling rather than showing). Most of the characters didn't particularly appeal, though the central character and narrator Tyler Dupree was quite sympathetic. I found out about three quarters of the way through that this is the first of a trilogy, the other volumes of which I will probably read at some point.
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In my continuing mission to encounter modern science fiction authors to rival the classical masters of the genre, I happened across this book while browsing Amazon's recommendation. Although first published in 2005, it reads like a novel from a good 25 years earlier. This is a good thing; there is no showing-off of the author's understanding of particle physics, cosmology or esoteric mathematics (a frequent failing these days) , just a good old fashioned first person account, with flashbacks, of a momentous event in the evolution of humanity's view of their place in the universe. It is also not peppered with a profusion of shallow characters with unpronounceable names; the events in the book are seen through the eyes of the narrator as they impact upon the lives of just three main protagonists. There are, of course, secondary characters but the focus of the novel never strays far from the main narrative so that we end up with believable characters acting in a plausible manner with whom the reader can empathise.

The story is told skilfully at a consistent pace in a very readable style making for an enjoyable, comfortable read. It's not an edge-of-the-seat page-turning rollercoaster of a novel; more of a favourite armchair in front of the fire on a winter's night sort-of a novel. There is enough science-fiction to warrant its place in the genre but not so much that it intrudes on the narrative. All-in-all, an excellently balanced & well written story and I shall definitely read more of Wilson's work - probably `Axis' although I fancy `The Chronoliths' and `Blind Lake' too... So much choice, so little time to spend reading...
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