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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

A New 'Spin' in SF

There aren't that many new topics for science fiction writers anymore. Events have overtaken them. But Wilson has come up with something which I believe is totally new in an old genre. One night a protective shell or barrier forms around the Earth., blotting out the st...
There aren't that many new topics for science fiction writers anymore. Events have overtaken them. But Wilson has come up with something which I believe is totally new in an old genre. One night a protective shell or barrier forms around the Earth., blotting out the stars. A hologrpahic image subsitutes for the sun. It distorts time so that eons pass outside the shell, while time on Earth slows, and the charcters try to figure out who or what is behind this strange shielding. The book offers lively sci-fi in a story powered by the lives of three main characters, Jason and Diane Lawton and their friend Tyler Dupree. While Jason struggles against his domineering father to find out who made this planetary barricade, Tyler pursues an almost hopeless love affair with Diane--who has gone off and married a cultist.The author digs into what would happen to humanity socially as well as scientifically if such a thing came to pass. He even throws in some old ideas--nanotechnology, greater longevity and human 'Martians' to spice it up. Meanwhile, outside the barier, the sun has begun to age, and it grows wider and redder and reaches out across space to swallow the Earth...

posted by Anonymous on August 2, 2005

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4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

A fantasy in slow rotation.

Twelve year old Tyler Dupree is enjoying a crisp autumn night stargazing with his close friends Jason and Diane Lawton when without warning, all the stars and the moon vanish from the sky. Someone out there, for reasons unknown, has placed the Earth and all of humanity...
Twelve year old Tyler Dupree is enjoying a crisp autumn night stargazing with his close friends Jason and Diane Lawton when without warning, all the stars and the moon vanish from the sky. Someone out there, for reasons unknown, has placed the Earth and all of humanity inside a big, black, general relativistic bag. How the people of the world and especially the Duprees and Lawtons deal with this state of affairs as their lives go on inside the SPIN is the subject of the book. Some see it as the end of the world, some as a new beginning and some take the easy way out. R.C. Wilson presents a good understanding of relativity and sets forth some fascinating illustrations of the vast time spans of the universe contrasted against the tiny blip of human lives. It is also great to see someone writing about the implications of variable time, which, in my opinion, have been neglected far too long. He also does a good job laying out space program politics. On the other hand, the author reveals a jaundiced and outsider view of the aerospace industry, both public and private sector, and displays an ignorance of the true trappings of power and wealth. (The children of billionaire business founders and government program heads in their own right, who might also be targeted by foreign agents, simply do no jump in their friends Honda for an unscheduled cross country drive.) There is some great science fiction technology and philosophy toward the end of the book but it ultimately crosses the line into science fantasy. I wasn¿t really drawn into this novel and one of the reasons was the hero, Tyler Dupree. He comes off as a passionless slug of below average intelligence who remains in the center of attention for no apparent reason. He rarely takes any action that directs the course of the story. Also the premise that human civilization is so special that some great universal entity will descend and prevent us from destroying ourselves is a bit hard to swallow. We are only self important. If we become extinct, like it or not, the universe at large will take little notice of the event. It was made that way. With the title SPIN, (and a Hugo award) I expected a high paced plot line but this novel is more literary than commercial fiction and the plot is flat frankly, parts of it are tedious. At first it seems that there are two converging storylines but in reality, sections of the ending have been pulled forward to keep the readers interest a dodgy proposition at best and a cheap trick in the least. There is a good science fiction novel in there but nearly half of the book could be (and should have been) pared away without any loss to the reader. As I read this Hugo winner for best novel, I wondered at times if winners are chosen the same way we choose presidential candidates. I hope not, but if this is the best the industry has to offer, it bodes well for some fresh faces to rise up in the Sci Fi market. I was not drawn back to this novel when I had to put it down as I am with a true five star book. If you want to be able to talk intelligently about the recent Hugo best novel, I recommend reading this book, it is passing. If you¿re looking for great science fiction entertainment and a fun read, pick up an old Asimov or Lois Bujold novel instead. Reviewed by Hugh Mannfield at stormbold.com

posted by Anonymous on October 3, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    just read it, a great series

    i read the entire series only wish there was more.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2013

    Luna

    Hello

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    Logan to Len

    Len, <br> Clarity wants you to go to 'high up' result one. ~Logan

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    New guy

    Hi what kind of rp is this?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Sunny

    I raise an eyebrow as i meander in.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Kate

    I will

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Lich the of Banish

    *a shadowy sillhouette speaks from the shadows in a strained, somewhat high-pitched voice, one that you would assume belonged to an insane person.* I heard a rumor a sorcerer on Mount Neverus could summon banshees. Could you imagine the implications if that art has survived? *the sillhouette cackles.*

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Avery

    We moved to the next result cuz peeps were locked out

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Good Lord

    This is the stupidest thing i have ever seen on rp. Congrats.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Ella

    DA<_>MMIT I MISSED THE GAME MY NOOK DIED NOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Sophie

    Ooh oof i fell this is 7 miniutes in heaven from 13 going on 30

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    Len to Emma

    ((Wow just now noticed it landed on me. Wat do i do...))

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Wolf

    "I'm out..."

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    To jack

    Thx life does suck

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Aj

    I thoght this was 7 mins in heaven.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    ????

    Anybody on

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    What is

    What is this? Please reply 'To Smiley'

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Tessa

    Can i play truth or dare??

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Arliegh

    Hi. Im new to the nook too and so um yeah can i play.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Hi

    Does anybody know were a sex club is?

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