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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:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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

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

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