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Spin (Spin Saga #1)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  18,773 ratings  ·  1,339 reviews
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.

Life on Earth is about to get much, m
Kindle Edition, 468 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Tor Books (first published April 2005)
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mark monday

Spin is a Hugo award winner that wonders what would happen if the earth were forced to remain as it is while the universe around us aged at approximately 100 million years per earth year. as far as scifi concepts go, it is a fairly mind-boggling one. to compound matters further, scientists quickly realize that as the universe ages, the earth's chance for utter destruction increases - when and if the shield around the earth is eventually lifted. and that is what creates the human drama within Sp
Oct 25, 2007 Josh rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes sci-fi
This is one of those rare science fiction books that lets you wonder and imagine and forget that it's science fiction at all. Many sci-fi authors lean too heavily on the science and speculation and not enough on the fiction, creating interesting premises but characters that are two dimensional. Wilson does not have that problem here. His characters are fully fleshed, flawed and realistic and it is these characters that move Spin along so well.

This is not to say that this book lacks in science a
(note - satirical spoiler alerts ahoy)

Robert Charles Wilson appears to be paid by the word - how else to account for such passages, and they are legion, as this :

The day I left Perihelion the support staff summoned me into one of the now seldom-used boardrooms for a farewell party, where I was given the kind of gifts appropriate to yet another departure from a dwindling workforce : a miniature cactus in a terracotta pot, a coffee mug with my name on it, a pewter tie pin in the shape of a caduceu
James Williams
Aug 19, 2011 James Williams rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes sci-fi or just wants to see what all the fuss is about
Shelves: favorites
This was some of the best science fiction I've read in years. Heck, it was one of the best books I've read in years.

This is the sort of book that I babble about. It's hard to write down what's good about it because everything about it is good. Everything about it is amazing, really, so there's no good starting place. It all just comes out in a rush of Plot/Big Ideas/writing style/characters/character relationships/tragedy/humor/everything.

If you've ever enjoyed a sci-fi book, read it. If you th
Spin was my third exposure to Robert Charles Wilson, a writer who has yet to disappoint me. He is not a "hard" sci-fi writer. Instead, the author writes about regular people and their ways of coping with major changes in their lives and environments. Spin is a very compelling story with believable, yet not overwhelming, scientific details and realistic characters. This is the type of SF novel that I would not hesitate to recommend to readers of high-quality, literary fiction who may want to expl ...more
Apr 06, 2013 Carol. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci fi fans
Recommended to Carol. by: probably Maggie!
I've always loved star gazing. Perhaps it was Greek mythology that hooked me; I could look up and find the Big Dipper, the Little Dipper, and later transform them into Ursa Major and Minor. Cassiopeia would appear late in the summer, arms outstretched on her throne. Orion was easy to pick out, and once I found him, I could find the Pleiades--the seven sisters--grouped together running away. Orion held a special spot in my heart, being one of the few strong enough to brave the Los Angeles skies w ...more
3.5 rounded up because the ideas were so big & beautiful. It truly was a work of art, but it felt both too long & too short. It also never really grabbed me. The characters seemed real enough, but none of them ever really grabbed me & they should have. They were complex & strong enough in so many ways, but I never really cared if they lived or died.

The scope of the plot was audacious & yet pulled off very well. I've been reading SF for 40 years & it wowed me. It had every

Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma: which reading list to follow it up with? Variety is the spice of life, so I’ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously. This book falls into my HUGO WINNERS list.

This is the reading list that follows the old adage, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". I loved reading the Locus Sci-Fi Award winners so I'm going to crack on with the Hugo winners next (but only the post-1980 winners, I'll follow up with
Well, the PREMISE of this book is amazing. The science and concept are just sooo interesting, an intelligent being puts a "bubble' around earth, so that time is super slow INSIDE, but 3 or 4 years passes every second OUTSIDE the bubble, in space?! I was so enamored of that world-building, until the lack of interest in the characters made me peter out about 2/3 in. I dunno, lots of people enjoyed this from the reviews, and it won a Hugo, so I guess I'm a bit crazy. Definitely concept-interesting, ...more
I'm going to preface this review with a brief.. Prologue. Honestly, I just can't think of anything else to call it, so I'm going with prologue. My review has a prologue. Deal with it.

I'm a big fan of the fantasy genre. Science fiction? Not so much. It's always driven me nuts that science fiction and fantasy fans are sort of lumped together. Yes, we are forced to share a space at most book stores. But the two genres are so different. I love fantasy.. Swords and castles, heroes and villains, imagi
4.0 stars. The ideas in this book get at least 5 stars and the novel should be read solely for that. The story and the characters are also pretty good and the overall read is very satisfying.

Winner: Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
Nominee: John W. Campbell Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
Nominee: Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
One flavor of sci-fi that I particular enjoy is when the story is set in the present day. Galaxy spanning future worlds are great, but the sort of scenario where we start off with the present day world we are living in and weirdness ensue is often a lot of fun. It also has the advantage of being immediately accessible (usually) as there are less world building and neologism to familiarize with. Some good examples of such sf books would be The Midwich Cuckoos, Childhood's End, The War of the Worl ...more
I think I might be getting a new author crush. Lol. You know the feeling. The euphoria of finding a new favorite. The urge to rush to the nearest bookstore and wipe out their inventory. Which I tried, my nearest B&N didn't cooperate.

Spin begins with the stars blinking off in the night sky...and that's all I'm going to say. If you plan to read this don't read the synopsis. I didn't read the back of the book until I was a bit into it...and like a movie trailer it gives away some of the best pa
One night, the stars go out. The earth has been shielded, and it's soon discovered that time is passing much more rapidly outside the barrier. This means the death of the sun (and the end of the world) is fast approaching. The human race reacts with denial, hedonism, religiosity, despair, and clever scientific schemes which may offer some hope.

Loved the main idea but got tired of the slow pace, language, and characters and eventually skipped through to see how the story would play out.

Dec 02, 2008 Jamie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jamie by: Julie Carter
Shelves: science-fiction
I loved the first 3/4 of this book. The story of the spin and mankind's reaction to it was fascinating, and the characterization was pretty good, but all the while I could see an unsatisfying ending coming: the author chose to alternate between two time periods and the later one was consistently less appealing to me.

The fast-forwarding of the universe was great: a terraformer's dream. It was a little creepy to be reminded how tiny and insignificant humanity really is.

The revelation of the spin's
Maggie K
I really LOVED this book. I had to think about it for a day or two to decide whether to rate it a 4.5 or a 5, but the fact that i was thinking about it brought it over the edge-lol.

The novel follows the thoughts of Tyler Dupree after the stars are just shut off one night. One storyline follows that evening during his teenage years up until it is revealed exactly what happened to them, while the other plot followsthe present day urge to hide from the government fallout of what is happening in the
How the FUCK did this book win a Hugo?

It's not hard to explain, I suppose: insert infodumps of "hard" sf every few pages, focus the book on a bland every-man who pines for his untouchable childhood sweetheart, add a couple monologues about how humanity just wants to understand the universe but oh god it's so vast, and boom, a paint-by-the-numbers Hugo winner. It was SO FUCKING MIND-NUMBINGLY BORING.

Putting aside the main character, who has the internal life of a turnip and possibly even less of
One day in our near future, the moon and all the stars disappear from the sky. All of them at once, all over the world. Decades later and far away, Tyler remembers that night and all the years after as he grew up part of the generation that knew the world was going to end within the next fifty years. And I really cannot describe the plot with any more exactitude, because saying anything else would spoil one of the hundred complex threads woven into this story, and that would be a damn shame.

I ca
THe earth is suddenly enclosed in a alien forcefield. It blocks out views of the stars, the sun and the moon. Time inside the "Spin membrane" slows on a millennial scale. No apparent change on the planet, but outside the "spin" 100,000 years go by for every earth day that passes. It lets the author (and thereby the characters) play with the universe on a god-like scale. Small events can make huge changes over geologic time frames, and are easy to watch when that means just a few days to the huma ...more
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The best way to come at this novel would be completely blind, not knowing a thing of what it’s about. My complaint about most movies these days is that too much is revealed in the trailers, so much so that the movie in its entirety is often a disappointment. For Spin to really work its magic on you the less you know the better. If you’re not expecting it, the awesome plot and the ramifications for the characters involved will hit you like a jack-hammer to the solar plexus. The good news is, if y ...more
I don't even know how to review this. This book was fantastic and easily the best science fiction I've ever read. Yes, better than Asimov. But I can't really say that because this book was akin to Asimov's Foundation in a way. Extremely involved but so enlightening.

What I can't quite get over is how extremely complicated this book is but how very easy it was to read and comprehend. When I look back at the story and the concept and the characters and the science, my head about explodes but I nev

First off, my breakdown of the basics:

Narrative: 5-stars. Highly intelligent, compelling, wonderful world-building. It's a novel of grand ideas yet somehow, it maintained a certain sense of intimacy. While this is, at heart, sci-fi, it deals with many things including science, religion, faith, love, loss (including loss of hope, loss of self, loss of faith), the deterioration of humanity and humanity's intrinsic need for survival, sometimes at all costs.

Writing: 5 stars. Utterly beautiful prose,
Aug 24, 2010 Jason rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fiction readers
Shelves: e-books, read-2010
What a great read this book was for me. This is my first time reading a Robert Charles Wilson novel, more will soon follow. This is a science fiction novel about our planets future, about our current state, and also about our past. Wilson does not try to overwhelm the reader with hardcore science, mathematics, or physics. Instead he takes us and get us invested in characters that are very much like people that we know, family that we love, and friends that we admire. I really identified with Tra ...more
Al comienzo de ’Spin’, uno de los personajes está inyectando una droga a otro, y mediante una sucinta descripción, Wilson nos indica que no nos encontramos en la Tierra que conocemos normalmente. A partir de aquí, haciendo uso de flashbacks iremos sabiendo de las vicisitudes por las que han ido pasando tanto los protagonistas como su entorno. Wilson es fiel a sí mismo, y como en el resto de su obra, parte de un fenómeno extraño y extraordinario que trastoca la vida de las personas. Me resisto a ...more
Richard Guion
I definitely thought the premise behind this book was a great SF concept: the Earth gets wrapped in a membrane which cuts it off from the Sun, satellites, and the stars. As a kid I always shuddered to think of the Sun expanding and consuming the Earth. This book taps into that fear and it propelled me through to the end. Several of the concepts that Wilson has created around this are fascinating, involving time displacement, a Martian colony, nanotechnology, etc. The main narrator is a doctor, T ...more
This book had a great premise. The world is shut off from the universe behind a "cloak". Outside the universe is passing through time at a super-fast rate compared to on Earth. But for the most part the sci-fi in this book is the background on which a philosophical drama is played out.

I still really enjoyed this book I just wish the sci-fi side had been explored more. Mostly though it was dealing with existential questions of who did this, why did they do it, is life still worth going on with w
This book came close to being great. With such a fantastic buildup for hundreds of pages, the ending was a bit of a letdown. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it. I am having trouble getting around to reading the sequel for some reason, though.
Ben Babcock
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If there was a list of tropes I would like to read in a science-fiction book, Robert Charles Wilson's Spin would cover them all. Terraforming, nanotech, end-of-the-world, how humans react to said end-of-the-world, mysterious aliens, musings about religion, dedics to classic SF, and mind blowing science in general.

But just because Spin sounds trope-y, don't let that dissuade you. The pacing of the revelations is awesome, it is bound to leave you hooked and make you want to know just what the heck
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Born in California, Robert Charles Wilson lives in Toronto. Darwinia won Canada's Aurora Award, The Chronoliths won the John W. Campbell Award, and Blind Lake is a New York Times Notable Book. All three were Hugo finalists. Spin won the Hugo for best novel.
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“There are so many kinds of time. The time by which we measure our lives. Months and years. Or the big time, the time that raises mountains and makes stars. Or all the things that happen between one heartbeat and the next. Its hard to live in all those kinds of times. Easy to forget that you live in all of them.” 42 likes
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