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Vortex (Spin) Hardcover – July 5, 2011
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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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Wilson's storytelling is growing from book to book and I can't wait to see how it will progress in the future. It sucked me into the story right from page one. The characters have enough history and depth to be believable and mysterious at the same time. You can relate to them from the beginning with a good (and relevant) amount of background being released over time. While it was not quite clear to me where "Axis" was going (or wanting to go), the scope of the story of "Vortex" is nicely laid out in its grand scheme and - to say it - it's epic. Without spoiling anything, we get to know the Hypotheticals a little better before it all ends.
"Vortex" seems to be a fairly short read compared to other contemporary science fiction, but it touches on many topics of the genre almost en passant without discussing them at length. At the same time it blends with a somewhat ordinary thriller that hides its cliches pretty successfully until the very end. And where it doesn't hide them it is fun to keep you guessing.
If you liked "Spin" you will likely read this book anyway. If you felt that "Axis" was not up to par with the first book, don't give up and read this awesome conclusion. Everyone else, you should give this book a try either after reading "Spin" or by itself. If you usually don't like science fiction, here is your chance to try something new without (seemingly) straying too far from your beaten path. Or - to conclude with Rabelais' quote from the book - "I go to seek a great perhaps."
To sum it up Spin=Just Phenomenal, Axis= Very good , Vortex = Amazingly good
It was a beautiful ending to a wonderful beggining.
I specially love the unique way how the author deals with different kinds of rationality, and what makes us human.
I was breathless after reading The Spin, and I am still having a hard time catching my breath. It was a slow read for me, because it was a hard read. It helped me with my own writing on Kantian philosofy, but it also helped me remember the first time I feelt in love.
The book spoke to me in a profound and rare way that made me feel a little bit less lonely in the world. Thank you Mr. Robert Charles Wilson.
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