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Spin - Si, and I like potatoes.
As I mentioned last week, the lovely windswept got me Robert Charles Wilson's Spin for my birthday.

I just finished it last night, and I was just blown away. Much as I adored Old Man's War, I'd definitely have to lean towards Spin as my favorite of the Hugo nominees (although I should note that I haven't read all of Stross's book yet, nor am I likely to read Martin's unless he magically finishes the series this year). Just an incredibly solid, complex sci-fi story with some phenomenal characters. It's not flawless, but it's always engaging, whether the focus is on the overarching sci-fi story or the lives of the three primary characters.

The hook: One night, out of the blue, three pre-teens witness the stars go out. The entire earth soon discovers that the planet has been encased in a bizarre, alien-constructed sphere that lets sunlight in, but otherwise blocks out starlight and space debris. They soon discover that the sphere also contains the planet in a borderline time-stasis, as thousands of years pass in the galaxy during each earth minute. Which means that, within a generation or three, the planet's likely to be engulfed by the expanding sun.

The sci-fi element of the story, alone, is phenomenal. The story of Tyler, Diane, and Jason dealing with that threat (in very different ways) is what sends it over the top.

Other than the occasional short story, I've never read anything else by Wilson. That's going to change.
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windswept From: windswept Date: April 20th, 2006 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
From: stevietee Date: April 20th, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I own Wilson's Darwinia but I never got around to reading it.
windswept From: windswept Date: April 20th, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooooh, it's lots of fun.
catvalente From: catvalente Date: April 20th, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
His Mysterium is one of my favorite books.
tnh From: tnh Date: April 20th, 2006 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! I love that book.
yendi From: yendi Date: April 20th, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was pnh's post over at Making Light that first convinced me to put it on my wishlist. I'm so glad I did.
curt_holman From: curt_holman Date: April 20th, 2006 05:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Blind Lake -- totally awesome
The Chronoliths -- great
Darwinia -- okay but not as good as those two or 'Spin'
tarpo From: tarpo Date: April 21st, 2006 07:00 am (UTC) (Link)
So basically its Katamari.. the book
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