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“I'm not a big science-fiction fan, but I'll read anything with a story and a low geek factor. Wilson is a hell of a storyteller, and the geek factor in his books is zero. Like "Battlestar Galactica" on TV, this is SF that doesn't know it's SF…There's plenty of imagination here, as well as character and heart.”
--Stephen King on "Spin"
 
“The long-anticipated marriage between the hard sf novel and the literary novel, resulting in an offspring possessing the robust ideational vigor of the former with the graceful narrative subtleties of the latter, might finally have occurred in the form of Robert Charles Wilson's "Spin".…Wilson does so many fine things, it's hard to know where to begin to praise him.”
--"The ""Washington"" Post"
 
“An astonishingly successful mélange of SF thriller, growing-up saga, tender love story, father-son conflict, ecological parable and apocalyptic fable in prose that sings the music of

"I'm not a big science-fiction fan, but I'll read anything with a story and a low geek factor. Wilson is a hell of a storyteller, and the geek factor in his books is zero. Like "Battlestar Galactica" on TV, this is SF that doesn't know it's SF...There's plenty of imagination here, as well as character and heart."
--Stephen King on "Spin"

"The long-anticipated marriage between the hard sf novel and the literary novel, resulting in an offspring possessing the robust ideational vigor of the former with the graceful narrative subtleties of the latter, might finally have occurred in the form of Robert Charles Wilson's "Spin"....Wilson does so many fine things, it's hard to know where to begin to praise him."
--"The ""Washington"" Post"

"An astonishingly successful melange of SF thriller, growing-up saga, tender love story, father-son conflict, ecological parable and apocalyptic fable in prose that sings the music of the spheres."
--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) on "Spin"

"Robert Charles Wilson is one of the best science-fiction writers alive--a fact borne out in his latest work...."Spin" is the best science-fiction novel so far this year."
--"Rocky Mountain News"

"Wide-ranging and well-crafted....Wilson's most ambitious and most successful novel to date."
--"San Diego""""Union""-Tribune" on "Spin"

""Spin" is many things: psychological novel, technological thriller, apocalyptic picaresque, cosmological meditation. But it is, foremost, the first major SF novel of 2005, another triumph for Robert Charles Wilson in a long string of triumphs."
--"Locus"

I'm not a big science-fiction fan, but I'll read anything with a story and a low geek factor. Wilson is a hell of a storyteller, and the geek factor in his books is zero. Like "Battlestar Galactica" on TV, this is SF that doesn't know it's SF There's plenty of imagination here, as well as character and heart."

The long-anticipated marriage between the hard sf novel and the literary novel, resulting in an offspring possessing the robust ideational vigor of the former with the graceful narrative subtleties of the latter, might finally have occurred in the form of Robert Charles Wilson's "Spin." Wilson does so many fine things, it's hard to know where to begin to praise him."

An astonishingly successful melange of SF thriller, growing-up saga, tender love story, father-son conflict, ecological parable and apocalyptic fable in prose that sings the music of the spheres."

Wide-ranging and well-crafted .Wilson's most ambitious and most successful novel to date."

"Spin" is many things: psychological novel, technological thriller, apocalyptic picaresque, cosmological meditation. But it is, foremost, the first major SF novel of 2005, another triumph for Robert Charles Wilson in a long string of triumphs.

I'm not a big science-fiction fan, but I'll read anything with a story and a low geek factor. Wilson is a hell of a storyteller, and the geek factor in his books is zero. Like Battlestar Galactica on TV, this is SF that doesn't know it's SF There's plenty of imagination here, as well as character and heart. Stephen King on Spin

The long-anticipated marriage between the hard sf novel and the literary novel, resulting in an offspring possessing the robust ideational vigor of the former with the graceful narrative subtleties of the latter, might finally have occurred in the form of Robert Charles Wilson's "Spin." Wilson does so many fine things, it's hard to know where to begin to praise him. "The Washington Post"

An astonishingly successful melange of SF thriller, growing-up saga, tender love story, father-son conflict, ecological parable and apocalyptic fable in prose that sings the music of the spheres. "Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Spin"

Robert Charles Wilson is one of the best science-fiction writers alive--a fact borne out in his latest work .Spin is the best science-fiction novel so far this year. "Rocky Mountain News"

Wide-ranging and well-crafted .Wilson's most ambitious and most successful novel to date. "San Diego Union-Tribune on Spin"

Spin is many things: psychological novel, technological thriller, apocalyptic picaresque, cosmological meditation. But it is, foremost, the first major SF novel of 2005, another triumph for Robert Charles Wilson in a long string of triumphs. "Locus""

I'm not a big science-fiction fan, but I'll read anything with a story and a low geek factor. Wilson is a hell of a storyteller, and the geek factor in his books is zero. Like Battlestar Galactica on TV, this is SF that doesn't know it's SF There's plenty of imagination here, as well as character and heart. Stephen King on Spin

The long-anticipated marriage between the hard sf novel and the literary novel, resulting in an offspring possessing the robust ideational vigor of the former with the graceful narrative subtleties of the latter, might finally have occurred in the form of Robert Charles Wilson's Spin. Wilson does so many fine things, it's hard to know where to begin to praise him. The Washington Post

An astonishingly successful melange of SF thriller, growing-up saga, tender love story, father-son conflict, ecological parable and apocalyptic fable in prose that sings the music of the spheres. Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Spin

Robert Charles Wilson is one of the best science-fiction writers alive--a fact borne out in his latest work .Spin is the best science-fiction novel so far this year. Rocky Mountain News

Wide-ranging and well-crafted .Wilson's most ambitious and most successful novel to date. San Diego Union-Tribune on Spin

Spin is many things: psychological novel, technological thriller, apocalyptic picaresque, cosmological meditation. But it is, foremost, the first major SF novel of 2005, another triumph for Robert Charles Wilson in a long string of triumphs. Locus

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"I'm not a big science-fiction fan, but I'll read anything with a story and a low geek factor. Wilson is a hell of a storyteller, and the geek factor in his books is zero. Like Battlestar Galactica on TV, this is SF that doesn't know it's SF...There's plenty of imagination here, as well as character and heart." --Stephen King on Spin

"The long-anticipated marriage between the hard sf novel and the literary novel, resulting in an offspring possessing the robust ideational vigor of the former with the graceful narrative subtleties of the latter, might finally have occurred in the form of Robert Charles Wilson's Spin....Wilson does so many fine things, it's hard to know where to begin to praise him." --The Washington Post

"An astonishingly successful melange of SF thriller, growing-up saga, tender love story, father-son conflict, ecological parable and apocalyptic fable in prose that sings the music of the spheres." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Spin

"Robert Charles Wilson is one of the best science-fiction writers alive--a fact borne out in his latest work....Spin is the best science-fiction novel so far this year." --Rocky Mountain News

"Wide-ranging and well-crafted....Wilson's most ambitious and most successful novel to date." --San Diego Union-Tribune on Spin

"Spin is many things: psychological novel, technological thriller, apocalyptic picaresque, cosmological meditation. But it is, foremost, the first major SF novel of 2005, another triumph for Robert Charles Wilson in a long string of triumphs." --Locus

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Robert Charles Wilson's novels include Darwinia; The Chronoliths and Blind Lake, which were finalists for SF's Hugo Award; and Spin, which just won the 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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If you happen to be inclined towards road and travel adventures, you will be served nicely. In addition there is a very convincing and also aesthetically pleasing idea how the hypotheticals transfer the information they gathered. Furthermore you learn that the hypothetical ecology accepts individual "uploads". However, do not start to dig deeper into the novel because you will find that

- the two informations about the hypotheticals cited above are the only new insight for the reader and it is doubtful that this merits a whole 350 page novel,

- it is absolutely ridiculous that humanity would choose not to investigate on the hypotheticals (and even issue a ban effectively penalised by death on such activities) and thus it will be up to slightly deranged sects to organise such efforts,

- the persons which carry the novel are as unconvincing as in SPIN, especially the protagonists Turk and Liese for whom no credible motive for their behaviour is presented.
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Zum Inhalt muss ich nicht mehr viel schreiben, wurde schon zuvor getan.
Der 2. Teil der Spin-Reihe kommt von Story und Handlung etwas schwächer daher.
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Axis ist sehr lesenswert, weil es spannend geschrieben ist. Ich hätte es am liebsten gar nicht aus der Hand gelegt.
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Der Autor erreicht zwar nicht ganz den Ideenreichtum von "Spin", trotzdem ist das Buch unterhaltsam, spannend, hoch spekulativ und regt zum Nachdenken an. Ich freue mich schon auf die nächste Fortsetzung...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen ... I am now certain that RC Wilson is my favorite writer of science fiction 1. Juni 2016
Von New Jersey Mom - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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After reading this book I am now certain that RC Wilson is my favorite writer of science fiction, and one of my favorite authors in any genre. What I love about Wilson is that he creates outrageously trippy situations that are experienced by ordinary people. The people he creates are interesting and believable. The trippy situations are backed up by enough science to make them feel plausible - but not enough to take away the wonder or make his novels read like textbooks. I have actually sighed with contentment after reading his books, and thought to myself, "this is the way science fiction is supposed to be."

Axis is no exception. I could not put it down, and it is as trippy a book as I have ever read. At times, it makes me think of Lem's Solaris, though I enjoyed Axis much more. At other times, it made me think of the more psychedelic covers of 1970s SF paperbacks - in a very good way. (and with that said, I so wish for different cover art on this book, but I can understand why that might have been avoided.) Or Dali paintings. Occasionally I got a whiff of Lovecraft.

But all of this written in clear, unpretentious language, with believable characters, and a story worthy of Stephen King. I loved this book and can't yet decide if I like it more than Spin or if they are in a dead heat for my favorite SF novel ever. (I have not yet read Vortex.)
3.0 von 5 Sternen ) Sequel to Spin which I enjoyed. Although well-written and enjoyable I’m not inclined to ... 29. März 2016
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(Semi-spoilers included.) Sequel to Spin which I enjoyed. Although well-written and enjoyable I’m not inclined to read book #3. This book takes place on the new planet (see synopsis of Spin) some years after the first. Only one character from the first book is still alive and doesn’t appear until halfway through the book and in a somewhat minor role. The new characters are engaging though. A civilization has developed on the new planet but is disrupted when several ashfalls occur, each filled with tiny cogs and circuits. The speculation is that these are decayed parts of the machine intelligence that created the shell around Earth. Meanwhile, a group of “Fourths”, people who’ve extended their lives through a process developed on Mars, have birthed a child who they believe might be able to communicate with the intergalactic machine intelligence. The whole conceit of the series is that this extra human force has motives that we cannot fathom as their plans develop over millions of years. This just isn’t compelling enough for me to read on.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Different to "Spin" but equally interesting to me 30. September 2014
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This is a story of discovery and redemption, driven by mysteries that span the personal through to the galactic, and navigated by the power of self-delusion.

It is also the second of a trilogy, and I recommend that you read "Spin" first, but "Axis" it is not the direct 'next chapter' with regards the players, so can be picked up standalone.

I am not going to go into much detail regarding the plot, because like many of Wilson's novels, it is detailed and delicate.

But if you have read Wilson's other work, you will recognize his style here. If not, understand that Wilson focuses on the personalities of his players, their foibles and their reactions to events large and small. Unlike many authors, he manages to flesh out even minor characters without straying into stereotypes or caricatures. The science behind many aspects of this future Human universe remain opaque to the players (and to us) but that is the galactic mystery that underpins this trilogy and triggers the narrative arcs.

There are aliens afoot, the enigmatic and non-communicative Hypotheticals. Their actions are a continual background noise of `why?' and they are as immune to our entreaties for answers as the wind is for reasons to blow. Still, "Axis" chips away at this mystery, step by step, as our protagonist, Lise Adams, searches for answers to the disappearance - abandonment? - of her father a decade ago. This is a quest for Lise and it consumes her being, her relationships and perhaps her very existence, as she dives headlong into the fanatical fantasy of one of the "Fourths", a clandestine cabal who have taken proscribed Martian pharmaceuticals that extend their lives.

What we don't get with Wilson's aliens are spaceships and warp drive and firefights and the petty politics of interspecies interactions.

The Hypotheticals are called that because they are assumed from events, conjectured from outcomes. Nobody has seen one that we know of, and those who may have communicated with them appear to die from the experience. Clearly they exist, but their motives and motivations are hints and shadows and supposition, not answers writ in the stars.

When the aliens do arrive, it as sulfurous grit or unstable analogs of biologicals such as flowers and trees, none of which provide the clear, unambiguous answers that the characters expect or are seeking and the circumstances of these abstruse revelations merely clouds the issues of the who, what and why of the Hypotheticals. And the effort to elicit even this response from what are essentially Gods, exposes human nature at it most self-serving, venal worst.

So, who might be interested in "Axis"? Clearly, if you've read Wilson before, you are a candidate. I feel "Axis" is as good as "Spin" but note that it is a different book in style and approach (as other reviewers have noted in detail). If you enjoy character-led science fiction where inscrutable aliens trigger visceral responses that are then explored in detail, "Axis" is worth reading.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent Read 10. Januar 2017
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I'm a little hesitant to do a review on the book, because I find myself comparing it to the first book "Spin" which just amazingly good and would be very hard to top. I read Axis because I wanted some resolution on the characters in Spin which was there, but they only played a minor role. New characters mostly took the lead in Axis. The writing is first rate and the story although incrementally not as good as Spin was still very entertaining. If you like Spin you will like Axis, and I would recommend it. These books are a little more expensive than many other others, and in my opinion that is because the writing is so good they are worth it.
5.0 von 5 Sternen great book 6. September 2014
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I have only recently found the author Robert Charles Wilson. I am impressed with his ability to actually surprise me in his story writing. I am a voracious reader of science fiction and read a variety of authors, from classical to the current "big names" to up and comers. Sadly I am frequently disappointed with the predictability of the plot or the transparency of the ending before I am one third of the way through a book. Mr. Wilson has surprised me with his imaginative plot twists and turns.

Having said that, a few of his books I have read, this one included, I would prefer he wrap up the ending a little more concrete. This is my one and only criticism I have. I realize this book is number two in a trilogy however it was written so that it could be a stand alone novel. As with some of his other stories, even those not made as series books, he seems to have suddenly surprised himself that the book is drawing to a close and therefore wraps it all up a little too fast and in a fashion I find somewhat incomplete.

Even with this criticism, I find his books are the best I have read in many years. I would recommend this book to any sci-fi fan who is not looking for a space opera or other hard science, far future science fiction book. It was a great book.
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