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Spin (Spin, 1) por Robert Charles Wilson
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Spin (Spin, 1) (original 2005; edição 2006)

por Robert Charles Wilson (Autor)

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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. Life on Earth is about to get much, much stranger.… (mais)
Membro:cpalaka
Título:Spin (Spin, 1)
Autores:Robert Charles Wilson (Autor)
Informação:Tor Science Fiction (2006), Edition: First, 464 pages
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Avaliação:*****
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I seem to be on an apocalypse book kick lately, amusingly enough. This is one of the better ones.

The larger plot is far from predictable, but sometimes it felt like the pacing was a bit off, like major revelations were belabored beyond the point that they'd become obvious.

There's also a tendency of the narrative, which jumps between retrospective and nominal present, to allude to major events before they happen. This is used powerfully at times to add tension-- if you know something is going to happen, or that character X is going to die, every trial they undergo feels like it carries the additional weight of that destiny... however eventually this inevitability can become grating.

The real strength of this novel, though, lies in the characters, most of which felt alive with nuanced motivations. Sometimes they make strange decisions, but it never feels arbitrary- rather it feels as if there's merely information the reader isn't privy to. That, and the relationship between the three main characters, was enough to maintain interest even when the larger events of the plot seemed to move forward at a plodding rate.

I don't know if I'll be moving onwards to read the sequels. I enjoyed this one, but I'm not very sure I'm interested in the stories that happen next. For now, I feel as if I've lived long enough with these characters, and it's time to move on. ( )
  MCBacon | Aug 2, 2021 |
(minor spoilers; although nothing more than used to be on the Goodreads summary)

I really enjoy science fiction where they take a really big / weird idea and just run with it. Spin is exactly that sort of book. In a nutshell, one night all of the stars seem to go out. Over the book, the protagonists discover that not the stars didn't actually go out, but rather the Earth was enveloped in a shell that is causing time on Earth to run roughly 100 million times slower, while at the same time preventing any ill effects therefrom.

It's a really cool idea and lets the author really jump through time in a way that not many novels can successfully pull off. On the level of the characters, we follow the main characters from the time the stars go out when they are children through the rest of their lives, jumping sometimes decades at a time (roughly in two different timeslines: one starting at age 10 and jumping forward, the other staying relatively constant towards the end of the timeline). On the scale of the rest of the universe, our sun grows old and warms the rest of the solar system, the stars all move about, and our galaxy even collides with another.

There is an interesting mix of high level science fiction on how the world changes as an impact of the Spin (the name of the shell enclosing the Earth for reasons that I never quite caught) with the low level lives of the characters. I didn't particularly like any of the characters, which is unfortunate, but having them ground the story was I still think a good choice.

Overall, solid big-idea science fiction. Well worth the read.
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  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
A creative and original Sci-Fi story interwoven with a detailed personal drama, set over the span over decades in the protagonist's life. The central mystery of the story was introduced very early on, and the way that it was resolved later was immensely satisfying. ( )
  wishanem | May 27, 2021 |
Like some others of RCW's books (looking at you, "Darwinia"), "Spin" is a Big Idea Book, presenting sweeping concepts and BDOs that take your sense of wonder for a long forced march in the manner of Clarke's "Rendezvous With Rama" or Bear's "Eon." Wilson presents his cosmic concepts like layers of an onion, peeling each back to expose another as you come to grasp the first; that's really the strength of the novel, compelling the reader onward. The chaotic social effects those cause in contemporary (publ. in 2005) America are uncomfortable in post-Trump America, but perhaps more credible now.

Sadly, "Spin's" biggest flaw plagues many such novels: character development suffers. There are only three fully active characters in "Spin" and even they are really archetypes, placeholders for psychologies that do what the story needs them to do. That's made tragic by the actually quite lovely writing Wilson uses to frame them, color them, move them around; for instance, to underscore Diane's underlying sadness, he tells us,

"There was little enough love and affection in her life and each instance of it had to be accounted and stored up in heaven, hoarded against the winter of the universe." (p.180)

That's perhaps more elegant than the book or character required, but I appreciate use of rich language. It kept me going even when I was impatient with the cardboard-cutout simulacra involved. ( )
  MLShaw | May 22, 2021 |
I liked the book as a whole, a good combination of sci-fi and human feelings forged into the story which I can say is a good read unless you are a hard sci-fi fan.

The human attempt to establish the self replicating ecology and the point that this might have been tried by other cultures was a nice arch in the book but on the other end of it, the attempt by hypotheticals to take over Jason wasn't as clear to me as it should have. I like the intermingling story of Tyler, Dian and their mothers Carol and Blinda... A very nice turn of event at the end of the book. The book left one major questions for me, were the hypotheticals manipulating the space-time continuum universally or in our galaxy? Reading the next book now to see how will end up.
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  FirstSpeaker | Apr 16, 2021 |
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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. Life on Earth is about to get much, much stranger.

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