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Encyclopedia > Spin (novel)
Spin

Cover of first edition (hardcover)
Author Robert Charles Wilson
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Science fiction novel
Publisher Tor Books
Released 2005
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
ISBN ISBN 0-765-30938-6

Spin is a science fiction novel by author Robert Charles Wilson. It was published in 2005 and won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2006. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Robert Charles Wilson (born 1953) is a science fiction author. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ... Tor Books is an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC which publishes popular fiction, and is particularly noted for its science fiction and fantasy titles. ... A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) book is bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with cloth or heavy paper) and a stitched spine. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ... Robert Charles Wilson (born 1953) is a science fiction author. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2005 Hugo Award with base designed by Deb Kosiba. ... The Hugo Awards are given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works. ...


Wilson is currently working on a new novel, Axis, which is set in the same universe as Spin[1].


Plot introduction

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Spin details Earth's response to an articifial membrane placed around the planet which selectively blocks and filters incoming electromagnetic radiation, blocking out the view of anything beyond low Earth orbit. The novel is told from the viewpoint of Jason and Diane Lawton, twins of E. D. Lawton (a wealthy industrialist who makes his money from the developing areostat business), and Tyler Dupree, a close childhood friend of Jason and Diane. As children, Jason, Diane, and Tyler witness the dramatic arrival of the "Spin", as the phenomenon comes to be known, when the stars suddenly disappear one night as they are looking at the sky. Initial experiments show that the membrane is permeable, allowing space probes to pass through, but that time outside passes at a highly accelerated rate, roughly 100 million years for every year on Earth 3.17 years for every second. Thus within a generation, the surrounding solar system will age 4 billion years, and Earth will be destroyed by the expanding Sun. A low Earth orbit (LEO) is an orbit in which objects such as satellites are below intermediate circular orbit (ICO) and far below geostationary orbit, but typically around 350 - 1400 km above the Earths surface. ...


The novel follows four primary protagonists, each of whom respond to the Spin, and to the certain knowledge that humanity is doomed, in distinct ways. E.D. founds a low Earth orbit satellite company and profits spectacularly. Jason becomes a scientist and devotes himself to trying to understand the "Spin". Diane joins a religious cult who views the Spin as part of God's plan for the end times. Tyler becomes a medical doctor who immerses himself in his work, but suffers through a series of existential crises related to the Spin and its obviously alien purposes. As the novel progresses, the Spin matures toward its final form, ultimately revealing its intended purpose.


 
 

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