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Spin Mass Market Paperback – February 7, 2006
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Spin is exactly the sort of novel that I think we need to see more of, one that infuses the reader with that gosh-wow sense of wonder that many writers seem to have forgotten is the reason we all fell in love with the genre in the first place.
For those who are familiar with Robert Charles Wilson's work, "Spin" should come as no surprise. Most of his novels feature a conflicted protagonist who is caught up in storms of intrigue and extraordinary circumstances. Wilson's stories typically focus 70% on the characters and 30% on the science. His characters walk away from these experiences utterly changed, for better or for worse. Their arcs aren't always pleasant but usually realistic. You could easily put yourself into their shoes.
"Spin" is no exception.
As the previous reviewer pointed out, Wilson's one weakness is his endings. The endings are usually a rush to tie together loose ends, explain away anything that wasn't properly explained before. "Blind Lake" fell into this trap. "The Chronoliths" did not. Thankfully, "Spin" falls into the latter catagory.
The story weaves the past and the present, starting with Tyler's early life with his mother in a small guesthouse across the lawn from the big house. That's where the twins, Jason and Diane, reside uneasily with their powerful and sometimes cruel father and withdrawn, alcoholic mother.
One night the three youngsters sit talking on the lawn, peering in at a grown-ups' party in the big house. Suddenly, the moon and the stars are no longer visible. They're blocked by the membrane, which is quickly dubbed the Spin.
After that, the story becomes a search for knowledge.
The world wants to know the meaning of the Spin. Tyler wants to know his place in the world. To understand that, he must also understand his relationship with the twins. There's Jason, whose brilliance and hunger to know who put the Spin in place astound Tyler. And there's Diane, whose search for redemption breaks his heart.
This is also where "Spin" starts spinning in place. Does it want to be a science-fiction tale whose main characters come of age? Or a coming of age tale that takes place in a science-fiction setting? It's as if Wilson wants both, and as a result, almost ends up with neither.
There are compelling facets to "Spin," but there are also long passages where the story is beautifully worded, yet the action is plodding.Read more ›
I enjoyed it. Some of the good points:
* Imaginative and stimulating premise: the Earth wrapped in a planetary baggie, stuck in temporal molasses, time slowed down orders of magnitude relative to normal space.
* Artificially accelerated extraterrestrial evolution as a survival strategy
* Well drawn, motivated characters
* Believable interpersonal interactions
* Well-written dialog and description. Delightful surprises of memorable phrasing.
No criticism below should discourage anyone from reading this book. My negative points are personal reactions.
1) The book promotes the pessimistic Thomas Malthus - Paul Ehrlich premise of "limits to growth". If you believe that there are absolute, universal, Gaia-decreed limits imposed on human material expansion, you will take no issue ("It's not nice to fool Mother Nature"). But if you believe (like David Deutsch) that man is limited only by the laws of physics and his own ingenuity, then Wilson's invocation of the dangers of population growth as a central plot element is unconvincing.
2) There is a great deal of personal trauma-drama going on in Tyler's life, only loosely related to the sci-fi current of the novel. Diane's willing victimization by a simple-minded religious cult is believable (there are many brilliant fools), but not very engaging to me. After a decade or so of frustration, why doesn't Tyler just say "chuck it" and find himself a real woman who is not an easily-duped doormat?
3) The evils of a fundamentalist Christian cult are contrasted with the virtues of science and humanism.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This novel has a lot of the qualities that separate good sci-fi from bad: well drawn characters, a good balance of the "science" with the "fiction", and memorable... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Basil Abraxas
I loved this book... best one i've read in a while... very thought provoking in the concept... and the story generally help up the the large conceptual idea.Published 7 days ago by Joshua Y.
This is really not what I was looking for. It's well written by sci fi standards, but the science is pretty pathetic. Read morePublished 1 month ago by gamer
Really good, really interesting hard science fiction. It might be too slow for some.Published 1 month ago by B.A.
This is the best sci-fi I have read in a long time. It is well written, and the editing is perfect, so it flows well. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Richard Getman
I made it to a little past page 100 when I realized I really could care less what happens to any of the characters. Read morePublished 3 months ago by jadzi
The book "Spin" took an interesting concept and brought it in an even better direction. I enjoyed the pacing and flow of the story, which continued to keep my attention. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tiger Raider
I read this book back when I was 12 and I loved it. I am a science fiction geek and can really get into the plot-line. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Zach
Just beautiful. Amazingly poetic. Its hard-fi, but the story is deeply human. Try it. You will be glad you did.Published 3 months ago by Lincoln Narcelio Thomaz Noronha