Spin by US-born Canadian author Robert Charles Wilson is the 1st novel in his Spin trilogy of speculative hard science fiction novels, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.
This won the 2006 Hugo Award for Best Novel, received several other international awards in translation, and is being developed into a TV miniseries for the SyFy Channel. The trilogy is set in a near-future where a strange barrier has appeared in the solar system, causing odd astronomical occurrences. This installment introduces the oddity and how it affects the persons who live with it, who will eventually discover more of the truth behind its origin and effects.
Offered DRM-free until November 7th, available in Canada & the US directly from the publisher, as their eBook of the Month Club selection.
Free for a limited time until November 7th @ the eBook Club’s special promo page (DRM-free ePub & Mobi available in return for newsletter signup; officially only offered to Canada & the US due to geographic publishing rights restrictions)
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SPIN is Robert Charles Wilson’s Hugo Award-winning masterpiece—a stunning combination of a galactic “what if” and a small-scale, very human story.
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, a 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 year on Earth. At this rate, the death throes of the sun are only about forty years in our future.