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Axis Mass Market Paperback – Jun 3 2008
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Starred Review. In this outstanding sequel to Wilson's Hugo-winning Spin (2005), we are taken to the mysterious planet Equatoria, a world apparently engineered for humanity by the inscrutable machine intelligences known as the Hypotheticals. Turk Findley, a man with a criminal past, runs an aeronautical charter service on the newly settled planet. Lise Adams, who hires Turk, is a would-be journalist searching for her vanished father, a scientist obsessed with the Hypotheticals and their illegal life extension technology. Meanwhile, young Isaac, genetically manipulated by rogue scientists so that he may become a conduit between humanity and the AIs, is coming of age, and something enormous and unknown is assembling itself far underground. The various science and thriller plot elements are successful, but this is first and foremost a novel of character. Turk and Lise, who might well be played by Bogart and Bacall, are powerfully drawn protagonists, and their strong presence in the novel makes the wonders provided all the more satisfying. Those unfamiliar with Spin may flounder a bit, but Wilson's fans will be ecstatic. (Sept.)
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Following old leads to her father's associates from his time at the university, Lise Adams is searching for the secret of his disappearance. She ends up trekking across the desert with Turk, who runs a tourist plane and whom she met in the midst of her divorce, and Diane, who, like many of her father's associates, is a Fourth, whose lifespan has been artificially extended. Fourths are illegal on Earth and have a complex series of cultural checks placed on them on Mars. But some of the people Lise is after are further out on the fringe than most Fourths. The desert is seeded with an ashfall containing the remnants of hypothetical machines, bizarre structures that grow overnight and mostly disintegrate quickly. Lise finds some answers to her questions with a community of Fourths who've gone nearly too far, replicating a disastrous experiment Diane's brother first attempted, and that was repeated on Mars. This absolutely worthy, abundantly marvelous sequel to Spin (2005) conjures humanity after an event so strange it's almost unimaginable. Schroeder, Regina --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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The story takes place a few decades after Spin. The new planet linked to Earth by the arches has now been developed and populated. All the action of Axis takes place on this new planet.
I have enjoyed reading Spin a lot mostly because of the brilliant SF ideas that were developed by the author. The problem with Axis is that the author elaborates on the ideas/concepts introduced in Spin without introducing new ones. It is certainly interesting to learn more about the Hypotheticals, but it is not enough to make Axis a good SF novel in my opinion.
Given the lack of new ideas, I am not convinced that Spin needed a sequel. I also find it unfortunate that the author has not developed a sequel based on the civilization of Mars, as I think this setting would have offered much more potential.
Author tends to belabour some of the more mundane sections and loops back over details more than needed, then rushes through the big concepts.
Otherwise an engaging read. Unique