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Vortex (Spin) Hardcover – July 5, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Spin
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765323427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765323422
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #845,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“ I'm not a big science fiction fan, but I'll read anything with a story and a low geek factor. Wilson is a hell of a storyteller, and the geek factor in his books is zero. Like Battlestar Galactica on TV, this is SF that doesn't know it's SF…. There's plenty of imagination here, as well as character and heart.” —Stephen King on Spin

“ An astonishingly successful mélange 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

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

“ Of all SF writers currently alive, Robert Charles Wilson may be the best at balancing cosmic drama with human drama.” —Locus

About the Author

Born in California, ROBERT CHARLES WILSON grew up in Canada. He is the author of many acclaimed SF novels including Darwinia, Blind Lake, Julian Comstock, and the Hugo Award–winning Spin.


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This is a very well written book that's rich with character development and has a very compelling story.
Chad S. Groen
Since Vortex is the final book in a loose trilogy that started with Spin and had Axis as a middle book, I will talk a little about its setup and recurring characters.
Liviu C. Suciu
Definitely pick this book up it is a great read and is really a great addition to the genre of hard sci fi.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Chris Lee Mullins on July 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I think alot of people are going to be mildly disappointed with Vortex, but for all the wrong reasons. Some people will expect to gain some closure to the events of the first novel, Spin. What ever happened to Tyler? What ever became of Jason Lawton after the events of Spin came to a close? Others will expect a galaxy tripping event novel of Spin's magnitude. I started reading Vortex with the same expectations. And while those expectations were never met, what I got instead floored me.

As always, Wilson is concerned with his characters, first and foremost. Like all of his novels, Vortex is populated by isolated, folksy people clinging to one-another amidst world-changing, fantastic events. Characterization is thinner here than most of his previous work, but unlike those other novels (and this is saying alot), Wilson is working towards something bigger here. His aim is nothing less than finding Hope and Forgiveness within Heat Death.

There are usually only two kinds of sci-fi by Mr. Wilson. The hopeful variety such as Blind Lake, The Chronoliths, Bridge of Years, Julian Comstock and Spin. Then there's the hopeless, bleak kind like Bios and Axis. Here, Wilson's created a blend of both and absolutely nails it. Vortex is his premier work, in my humble opinion. I love The Chronoliths and Bridge of Years and I think Spin is a classic sci-fi novel. But what Wilson accomplishes here is tantamount to giving a hardcore athiest a reason to be spiritual. The last 40 pages of Vortex are an immense accomplishment. Maybe he hasn't tied all of the plot pieces together between Spin, Axis and Vortex, but he **has** tied them together thematically.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Justin S on July 8, 2011
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First and foremost, I have to say that everything I've read of Wilson's so far has been fantastic in its own unique way. Vortex is no different.

Wilson managed, yet again, to pique my interest in this story within the first few pages. He has a great way of introducing and developing characters to be believable, as well as people the reader comes to genuinely care about.
Overall I am more than satisfied with Vortex, although I wish it could have lasted just a little bit longer! Vortex is a story in and of itself, rooted in the world of Spin and Axis. Its focus is not on completing the story of either of the two previous books. Instead it focuses on human nature, and the characters all shared an underlying sense of isolation.

There were aspects of the story that took me by surprise, but it kept me on edge and made it difficult to put down. The last section of the book is the real kicker, and Wilson orchestrates it beautifully.

If you are a fan of Wilson's work, pick up Vortex, while it may not be quite what you expect, trust me when I say it won't disappoint. If you're knew to the world of the Spin, then I urge you start form the beginning and enjoy the journey.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Learner on July 9, 2011
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This is a fine conclusion to the Spin/Axis/Vortex trilogy.

Spin is one of the finest sci fi books I've read, Axis not so much, and Vortex falls in between the two.

A definite must-read for hard sci fi lovers. The ending is satisfying and wraps things up nicely, in a mind-blowing way a la Stephen Baxter. I personally find the world-view in Wilson's books a bit bleak and depressing, but if you are a fan then definitely check out this trilogy.

Some of the settings weren't too interesting to me, but the book keeps you reading by presenting interesting main characters, along with enough mystery and suspense and some other very interesting settings. If you don't appreciate a book like this, try writing one, and you'll realize what an accomplishment this is.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Greg Polansky on February 15, 2012
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Having now finished the trilogy and given a day to process, I can attest that Vortex is a satisfying conclusion. You will learn who/what the Hypotheticals are. And the answers will satisfy you if you want them to satisfy you. If you want a clean and concise conclusion, then perhaps the end will not satisfy you. But for me the last forty pages were absolutely brilliant.

The story itself takes place in two separate timelines. Ten thousand years in the future, on the other side of the Temporal Axis that Turk and Isaac went through, we discover the fate of Earth and Mars. The other story takes place a little bit in the past of the events of Axis. And what is the future of humanity like 10,000 years from now? Mixed. Earth itself is a dying world, cut off from a ring of roughly ten worlds connected by Arches. The main events take place in a dystopian future where one part of human civilization is coerced into connective emotional or rational democracies. This part is difficult to read since one can see how such a democracy can arise. And I hope that it never does. Similarly, the events that take place before Axis really only make sense as you read the book. To explain more would ruin certain surprises.

The two timelines in the story run parallel to each other until at a certain point you realize how they are connected. In that moment of connection is where the book really starts to get intellectually interesting. The possibilities it opens up are limitless.

If you're reading this review then you probably already read Spin and Axis. And ultimately, who doesn't want to finish a trilogy. So go ahead and read it. You will be rewarded and satisfied.
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