Sunday, July 09, 2006

Spin -- Robert Charles Wilson

Spin is one of those "big" SF novels. One evening three friends in their early teens are out looking at the stars, and the stars disappear. Earth has suddenly become "protected" by a semi-permeable barrier. Who put it there? And why? The book follows the lives of these friends, especially Tyler Dupree, the narrator, for many years as some of the barrier's mysteries are unraveled. In other words, it's got really big scientific concepts but keeps everything pretty much on a human level, and it's told in a style that's straighforward and clear. I like that in a book. At 450 pages it's a little long for my tastes, but it held my interest to the end. It's obviously set up for a sequel, and I might even read that one.

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