Axis

Axis

by Robert Charles Wilson
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Axis by Robert Charles Wilson

Wildly praised by readers and critics alike, Robert Charles Wilson's Spin won science fiction's highest honor, the Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Now, in Spin's direct sequel, Wilson takes us to the "world next door"—the planet engineered by the mysterious Hypotheticals to support human life, and connected to Earth by way of the Arch that towers hundreds of miles over the Indian Ocean. Humans are colonizing this new world—and, predictably, fiercely exploiting its resources, chiefly large deposits of oil in the western deserts of the continent of Equatoria.

Lise Adams is a young woman attempting to uncover the mystery of her father's disappearance ten years earlier. Turk Findley is an ex-sailor and sometimes-drifter. They come together when an infall of cometary dust seeds the planet with tiny remnant Hypothetical machines. Soon, this seemingly hospitable world will become very alien indeed—as the nature of time is once again twisted, by entities unknown.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765348265
Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date: 06/03/2008
Series: Spin Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 4.22(w) x 7.12(h) x 0.97(d)

About the Author

Robert Charles Wilson's novels include Darwinia; The Chronoliths and Blind Lake, which were finalists for SF's Hugo Award; and Spin, which won the 2006 Hugo for best novel. He is a winner of the Philip K. Dick Award and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

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Axis 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
RCW has made a great sequel to Spin. This is an impressive read and the characters are interesting and developed well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
r. wilson is one of the best contemporary scifi writers even if he doesn't have the name recognition of some others. don't let that hold you back. i read all three in this particular series and my only regret was when i finally finished with the last page. if you enjoy good science fiction you will certainly enjoy this series.
MichaelTravisJasper More than 1 year ago
This book is a worthy sequel to "Spin." At least one major character is carried over in a significant way, but the story is told mostly through new people. The author has created worlds and science fiction speculation that are entertaining and worthy of speculation. I might not have enjoyed this book quite as much as the first in the series, but it is good, and I am eager to read the third. The ideas the author presents are both reasonable, and really fascinating to consider. Anyone with a strong imagination will enjoy this novel. Michael Travis Jasper, author of the novel, "To Be Chosen"
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Hypotheticals, self-replicating machines and perhaps so much more put Earth in stasis for four billion year and when it emerged, an arch was built that connects Earth to the new world that can only be reached by boat. Humans have colonized the new World many who have prices on their head. Ab who has taking anti-aging medicines created from the parts of mechanicals lives on the New World in comparative freedom compared to the earth where it is outlawed. --- Lisa Adams has come from Earth to the New World to find out what happened to her father after he disappeared. She teams up with Turk Findlay who has connection to the fourths and he takes her to the location where he dropped Sulean moi off. They find a splinter group of fourths who performed ethical surgery ingesting part of the mechanical into the embryo that eventually become insane. They hope to make contact with the mechanical but what happens creates more questions than before. --- If any book deserves a sequel, this one does. It would be great to know what the mechanicals are if they are sentient if they are powerful enough to change the course of a species destiny. This exciting scientific fiction thriller demonstrates just how great a story teller Robert Charles Wilson is. Readers will thoroughly enjoy the entertaining storyline which will be read in one sitting. ---Harriet Klausner
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Wish it had been longer. Didn't want to hav to stop reading.
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sandystarr28 More than 1 year ago
Spin was incredible. This sequel imtroduces new characters into a different time. Concepts started in spin follow somewhat, but overall a little disappointing. I felt liike the book didn't reach any conclusions, and was basically a bridge between Spin and the final book, Vortex.
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Meh, M-E-H, Meh, br br That was my reaction after the conclusion of Axis. It wasn¿t bad, but it wasn¿t all that good either. The story builds along quite nicely with a sense of a very strange building mystery all throughout. The characters are typically well-developed, a Wilson handle. But when I got to the end, to the big reveal, to the conclusion that all the gravitas and consternation has brought us to, my reaction was ¿ Meh. br br And there is no excuse for that. br br After the first novel, Spin 'which won a rightfully deserved Hugo' Axis had to be awesome. The ending had to be awesome. It had to be a game changer, like the huge planet joining, magic wishbones were at the end of the first book. Instead, we got a whole lot of buildup and in the end, what we find is just a new insight in to the life processes of the omnipotent beings known as hypotheticals. It was a reveal about as exciting as the changing of seasons. A natural process they go through every 10,000 years. The molting of synthetic onmi-beings. Meh. br br So in the end ¿ nothing has really changed, sure for the characters, something has changed. I guess having your soul eaten by a giant time-machine is pretty much a big deal on an individual level ¿ but what we needed was to have something analogous to the world-next-door event at the end of Spin. A big change for everybody. We got none of that. br br From what I hear, Axis will tee up a 3rd book, which I will surely read, but I have a funny feeling that the events of this book will have little impact on the whole story. I also found some of the content of this novel derivative. It was sort of like 2001 meets Dune. There was one scene in particular, when Isaac is talking about his ¿double-vision¿ when it seemed like one of the inane inner dialogues ripped from one of the later 'crappier' installments of Dune. I think it was Sand Bores of Dune. br br Anyway, so that¿s the bad, but luckily, Wilson can write really good characters. I enjoyed spending time in his universe until about the last 40 pages. I then sort of got the sinking feeling that I was going to be disappointed but the story arc and that thought came true. But Wilson¿s gift for putting you on a different world is just stunning. He¿s a master at making a place and making people. br br But in the end, I wanted bigger ideas and a better aftertaste. br br This will hopefully be a forgotten middle child. br br