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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, 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 day on Earth. At this rate, the death throes of the sun are only about forty years in our future.

Jason, now a promising young scientist, devotes his life to working against this slow-moving apocalypse. Diane throws herself into hedonism, marrying a sinister cult leader who's forged a new religion out of the fears of the masses.

Earth sends terraforming machines to Mars to let the onrush of time do its work, turning the planet green. Next they send humans...and immediately get back an emissary with thousands of years of stories to tell about the settling of Mars. Then Earth's probes reveal that an identical barrier has appeared around Mars. Jason, desperate, seeds near space with self-replicating machines that will scatter copies of themselves outward from the sun - and report back on what they find.

Life on Earth is about to get much, much stranger.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
29 September
Hachette Australia Pty Ltd

Customer Reviews

SeeOToo ,


I enjoyed reading Spin a great deal. It's intelligent, thought-provoking and human in scale, even when describing the nonhuman. I want to read more by this author

Eva_32 ,

Fantastically clever

Enjoyed the story. Looking forward to reading the sequels

Yahhoooooooo28374638 ,

A great read - always love genuine sf

If you like a story, a tale, a backdrop of mystery backed up by well extrapolated science - pick up this book and read it. I hated to put it down. Characters interesting and believable - although I found the protagonist a bit cold- but understandably so. Some really interesting ideas that twist and turn.

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