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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,542 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Charles Wilson Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN: 9781427205407
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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.

The effect is worldwide. The sun is now a featureless disk--a heat source, rather than an astronomical object. The moon is gone, but tides remain. Not only have the world's artificial satellites fallen out of orbit, their recovered remains are pitted and aged, as though they'd been in space far longer than their known lifespans. As Tyler, Jason, and Diane grow up, space probe reveals a bizarre truth: The barrier is artificial, generated by huge alien artifacts. Time is passing faster outside the barrier than inside--more than a hundred million years per day on Earth. At this rate, the death throes of the sun are only about forty years in our future.

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 new religion out of the fears of the masses.

Earth sends terraforming machines to Mars to let the onrush of time do its work, turning the planet green. Next they send humans...and immediately get back an emissary with thousands of years of stories to tell about the settling of Mars. Then Earth's probes reveal that an identical barrier has appeared around Mars. Jason, desperate, seeds near space with self-replicating machines that will scatter copies of themselves outward from the sun--and report back on what they find.

In Robert Charles Wilson's Spin, life on Earth is about to get much, much stranger.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Robert Charles Wilson continues to surprise and delight. I can't think of another science fiction writer who understands the strengths of the genre so well and who works with such confidence within its elastic boundaries...Wilson never loses sight of the human angle. His theme is the importance of communication, which, as his characters come to learn, should never remain one-way. The New York Times

  • A superior SF thriller. Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Blind Lake
  • Fizzing with ideas...Intense, absorbing, memorable. Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on Blind Lake
  • The steely quiet of Blind Lake draws you in like a magnet...Wilson does not ever raise his voice, which does not mean he speaks softly. How he speaks is still. In his calm, stony exile's gaze upon the prisons of the world, and in his measured adherence to storylines that say that everything may become a little better with much work, he is the most purely Canadian of all the writers brought together here, and Blind Lake is the finest Canadian novel of all these. John Clute, Toronto Globe and Mail
  • Reads like a combination of Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen King. Rocky Mountain News on Blind Lake
  • Wilson is a master of character development, comparable to the late Theodore Sturgeon...This superb novel, combing Wilson's trademark well-developed characters and fine prose with stunning high-tech physics, should strongly appeal to connoisseurs of quality science fiction. Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Chronoliths
  • If you read science fiction for its scientific extrapolations, then there's much here to satisfy. If, like me, you read the genre for its examinations of human lives in a crucible, then The Chronoliths also delivers the goods. Nalo Hopkinson, Quill & Quire on The Chronoliths

  • Runner-up for John W. Campbell Memorial Award - Second Place, 2006
  • Nominated for Hugo Award - Nominee, 2006
  • Winner of Hugo Award - Winner, 2006
  • Runner-up for John W. Campbell Memorial Award - Second Place, 2000

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen Mendeck | 2/16/2014

    " This is the best new sci-fi I've read in ages. The premise is actually unique. I thought the resolution left something to be desired. I'm not sure what, but I was expecting something more profound I guess. Definitely recommended for anyone that likes sci-fi. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanna | 2/13/2014

    " This was a really enjoyable read - interesting and thought-provoking for the personal and societal reactions to large-scale uncertainty, but with a pleasing character focus, coming of age development and love story. The writing was good and the plot was imaginative. I read it in a short period of time and found myself having trouble distinguishing between the book and reality at times, so it really pulled me in. I read this through a book club and it sparked some good discussion. It has also stayed with me over time - I think back on some points of the book now, months after reading it. I recommend it even if you don't normally read sci-fi. It is good fiction, and not just within the sci-fi genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 2/13/2014

    " Good, but by the end of this trilogy I was pretty worn out and getting bored with all of the hard sci fi explanations. I'm not an idiot, but after awhile I neither understood, nor cared about the hypotheticals and how they existed/what they were. I really did enjoy Spin and cruised through the whole trilogy pretty rapidly. A bit frustrated with Wilson always going for the $50 word when a $1 word would have done just fine and gotten the message across. I read a review that said he should "put the dictionary down" and just write the story, and I heartily agree. All-in-all though, the series was good, though Spin was definitely the high point. I will read Wilson's work again, just not for awhile. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 1/31/2014

    " Fantastic book. It's one of those books where as soon as I finish, I want to start it over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Greaves | 1/31/2014

    " Very good. Interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/24/2014

    " Very interesting. Wilson has a knack for moving a story along. I will be reading Axis for sure, as the world is fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emu | 1/14/2014

    " One of the best scifi novels I've read in quite some time! Enormous ideas, actual characters I cared about, strong writing. Among the most deserving of the Hugo that I've encountered. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bard Bloom | 12/29/2013

    " This is the sort of book that keeps me reading science fiction. Grand cosmic plots and events mixed with intimate personal viewpoints; well-described and worthwhile but flawed characters; much general coolness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pichicarro | 11/6/2013

    " Notable, aunque al final se diluye un poco. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha Holloway | 10/14/2013

    " I'm not usually one to love Hard Scifi, but I really liked this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 7/26/2013

    " This book is fabulous!! I love the concept and the mystery behind the Spin. Like others have mentioned, you don't have to be a SF fan to enjoy this book - there is so much more to it. In addition to the great story, I really liked the character development as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Stadler | 1/6/2013

    " I really liked this book. Even though it doesn't answer all the questions the questions alone are amazing. I would definitely recommend "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 12/12/2012

    " I don't often read science fiction type books...but this was a good one that kept me interested...a different concept about what the future might hold for the planet Earth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 11/15/2012

    " This is about three friends and their adventures after some force blocks out the stars and moon and sped up time. They had some wild adventures. This is sometimes a serious book I personaly loved this book and would highly recomend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregory Wright | 4/22/2012

    " Finished it finally. Good book, starts a bit slow but picks up. It was good enough (wish I could give it 3.5 stars) that I will read the next book in the series and see how that goes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tyler Volz | 12/15/2011

    " Spin has some fantastic characters and easily accessible science. There were also a couple of scenarios that had me thinking "what would I do?" or "would our government do that now?" I highly recommend this book. I can't wait to read the next two books in the trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jef | 5/21/2011

    " The earth is stuck into a deep time freeze in which 3.83 years pass in the universe for every 1 second of earth time. This allows the people of earth to terraform mars in just a few years instead of millenia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 5/19/2011

    " This is a great book. I throughly enjoyed the twists and turns in the story. Not sure I believe that an AI could on its own become benevoulent, but still a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/14/2011

    " This book is fabulous!! I love the concept and the mystery behind the Spin. Like others have mentioned, you don't have to be a SF fan to enjoy this book - there is so much more to it. In addition to the great story, I really liked the character development as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ken | 4/26/2011

    " Haven't read a science fiction novel in many years, SPIN was a very enjoyable re-introduction to the genre. Writing was nicely structured as was the plot, leading to a very readable story with well developed characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 4/25/2011

    " I'm such a softy for good sci-fi and this is some real good sci-fi. What would you do, if the entire planet had to come to grips with the idea that the earth was put in a mysterious protective bubble that so distorts time so that you WILL live see the end of the world???? Cool, huh? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trina | 4/13/2011

    " This book has a great idea at its heart, but I think the ending and the science fiction leaves something to be desired. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nemesis2me | 4/3/2011

    " Good read, I'm a Robert Wilson fan and he always takes a new and interesting look into sci-fi. I look forward to reading more of his works. I was slightly disapointed in the ending but good none the less. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 3/30/2011

    " Incredible. This is the book I point to when people balk at "sci-fi"

    This book, if anything, is a gorgeous examination of the human and experience, and, a great love story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dirtyfeatherbird | 3/29/2011

    " This is the kind of book which inspires you to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lizzie | 3/28/2011

    " My favorite kind of science fiction: How is a society different if something substantial is different about the world? In this case, it's the apparently imminent end of the world, due to alien influences. Really thought provoking and well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryder | 3/18/2011

    " really good sci-fi complicated with a very personal story line. Unfortunately, it left little room for traditional hero types to add that star wars shoot-em up effect that I crave. "

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About the Author
Author Robert Charles Wilson

Robert Charles Wilson is an Aurora and Philip K. Dick Award winner, a Nebula Award finalist, and the author of twelve published novels; his novel Blind Lake was a New York Times Notable Book. He currently resides in Toronto.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, an acclaimed voice artist, screenwriter, and actor, has performed on film, television, and radio. He attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.