Spin

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Spin Publisher's Summary

One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an 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.

The "sun" is now a featureless disk - a heat source, rather than an astronomical object. The moon is gone, but tides remain. The world's artificial satellites have fallen out of orbit. Eventually, space probes reveal that the barrier is artificial, generated by huge alien artifacts. Time passes faster outside the barrier - more than a hundred million years per day on Earth. At this rate, the death of the sun is only about forty years away.

Jason, now a promising young scientist, devotes his life to working against this slow-moving apocalypse. Diane throws herself into hedonism, marrying a sinister cult leader who's forged a religion out of the fears of the masses.

Earth sends terraforming machines, then humans, to Mars...and immediately an emissary returns with thousands of stories about the settling of Mars. Then an identical barrier appears around Mars.

Life on Earth is about to get much, much stranger.

©2005 Robert Charles Wilson (P)2008 Macmillan Audio
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  • Book 1

    • Spin

    • By: Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4,815
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,495
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,498

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an 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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • thoughtful, Bradbury-esque SF

    • By Ryan on 09-20-10

    Regular price: $41.27

  • Book 2

    • Axis

    • By: Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 1,109
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 643
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 645

    Lise Adams is a young woman attempting to uncover the mystery of her father's disappearance 10 years earlier. Turk Findley is an ex-sailor and sometimes-drifter. They come together when an infall of cometary dust seeds the planet with tiny remnant Hypothetical machines. Soon, this seemingly hospitable world will become very alien indeed - as the nature of time is once again twisted, by entities unknown.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Spin off Axis

    • By John on 08-08-08

    Regular price: $23.93

  • Book 3

    • Vortex

    • By: Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 679
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 577
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 579

    Vortex tells the story of Turk Findley, the protagonist introduced in Axis, who is transported 10,000 years into the future by the mysterious entities called “the Hypotheticals”. In this future, humanity exists on a chain of planets connected by Hypothetical gateways; but Earth itself is a dying world, effectively quarantined. Turk and his young friend, Isaac Dvali, are taken up by a community of fanatics who use them to enable a passage to the dying Earth, where they believe a prophecy of human/Hypothetical contact will be fulfilled.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • well-written, well-narrated, but...

    • By Ron on 07-12-11

    Regular price: $22.67