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Spin

(2005)
(The first book in the Spin series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Hugo Best Novel (nominee)
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel (nominee)
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.

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

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Used availability for Robert Charles Wilson's Spin

Hardback Editions

April 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: Spin
Author(s): Robert Charles Wilson
ISBN: 0-7653-0938-6 / 978-0-7653-0938-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Paperback Editions

February 2006 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Spin
Author(s): Robert Charles Wilson
ISBN: 0-7653-4825-X / 978-0-7653-4825-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Science Fiction
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Audio Editions

March 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Spin
Author(s): Robert Charles Wilson
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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March 2008 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Spin
Author(s): Robert Charles Wilson
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

September 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Spin
Author(s): Robert Charles Wilson
Publisher: Gateway
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July 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Spin
Author(s): Robert Charles Wilson
Publisher: Tor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA