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G it They’re selling it–and Arkady–to the highest bidder As the auction heats up the Artificial Life Emancipation Front sends in Major Catherine Li Drummed out of the Peacekeepers for executing Syndicate prisoners Li has no. This is set in the same universe as Moriarty s Spin State but is not a direct seuel Because I was so completely impressed with the use of current state physics in Spin State it took almost half of this book to get over my disappointment that this book is not the same Sure there is passing mention of Bose Einstein and particle entanglement but that is not part of this story at all Moriarty here digs into evolutionary informatics but that didn t engage me as much However after I accepted this novel for what it was a 26th century thriller set in IsraelPalestine with human posthuman and artificial intelligence characters I was pulled inApparently Moriarty s third novel Ghost Spin has been in progress for the past four years and not yet published I looked up her blog and found that she has had a child since 2006 so maybe it will be a while I hope not too long

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Call Arkady a clone with a conscience Or call him a traitor A member of the space faring Syndicates Arkady has defected to Israel with a hot commodity a genetic weapon powerful enough to wipe out humanity But Israel’s not buyin. Generations in the future those willing to embrace AIs body mods and genetic manipulation ascended to live technologically advanced lives far above Earth s atmosphere Now variations on humanity and sentience travel throughout the galaxy looking for new planets resources and adventures Those left behind on Earth content themselves with religion endless rehashings of old warsand controlling the best known source of water and wild type genetics Ordinarily a Syndicate clone like Arkady would probably never set foot on old poisoned Earth nor encounter a non genetically manipulated human But his exploration team found something astounding on an alien planet and the Syndicate wants him to deliver it to Earth Among the bidders for his discovery are our old friends Catherine Li possibly a war criminal definitely a hardass ex soldier and Cohen the longest lived AI whose relationships are integral to maintaining his sense of self They decided to share a consciousness in the last book but their marriage of true minds isn t that comfortable in this one The world building is fascinating and top notch I would love to read about any one of the characters or their societies The plot got a bit too convoluted for me and I m still not entirely sure what the Syndicate s plan was view spoilerspread fertility through Arkady s infection I get but why do they want Earth humans to be fertile To have wild type stock to turn back to if something goes wrong with their genetic pruning goes too far to increase Earth s power and thereby destabilize or diminish the Hub s thus getting the Hub off the Syndicate s back or something else entirely And the Israeli plan also felt a little out of control to me like too many people were lying or doublecrossing in too many ways for me to figure out what was going on hide spoiler

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W literally hooked up with an AI who has lived many lifetimes and shunted through many bodies But while they have their own conflicting loyalties to contend with together they’re just one player in a mysterious high stakes game. With some reservations I enjoyed the first book Spin State in Chris Moriarty s Spin series But I m not happy at all with her 2006 seuel Spin Book 2 Spin Control I ve got three major problems The first can be boiled down to the same major issue I had with the first book she sets up a society and its technologies then utterly ignores them to use some ridiculous setting as the backdrop for the whole thing In this book we ve got two such settings On the UN side Earth has theoretically been abandoned for generations because of environmental damage except for a few people hunkering down and fighting in gas masks in frozen cellars according to the first book Well the locale for this part of the book is on Earth in Israel where the IsraeliPalestinian thing is still going on At one point the characters are sitting in what amounts to a sidewalk internet cafe drinking coffee and talking And the internet bit is important since Cohen the AI is there somehow stealing enough bandwidth to function and from the first book that s about as much bandwidth as a major corporation needs Remember Earth has been abandoned as being uninhabitable On the Syndicate side the setting is a terraforming project on some planet From the previous book we know the Syndicate s culture is based on a complete population of designed clones who are culled during development if they don t meet technical and social standards They know and have their Place Yet this whole portion of the book is turned into some kind of soap opera because one of the clones is both technically and socially incompetent The whole point of the Syndicate is to remove the grit from the gears of society Yet we ve got a clone who s an entire truckload of gravel sitting here gumming up the works It s ridiculous Next is the environmental issue In the first book it was just mentioned as a given and Moriarty moved on In this one she harps on it continually with lectures to us specifically and mostly blaming America for destroying the Earth with our Eeeeeevil consumer culture Of course like all such people she doesn t have a solution that would allow 8 billion people to live here without affecting things She s solved the problem in this book by miraculously moving almost all 8 billion people off the Earth into a series of habitats in orbit the Ring She describes nothing that would provide enough energy or materials ie ships to lift those people into orbit enough resources to build the habitats and those should number in the 10s if not 100s of millions of habitats or enough of anything to provide those 8 billion now 18 billion people with food water oxygen energy materials industry entertainment etc to actually live there And that s not even mentioning what s reuired for protection from solar radiation and cosmic rays And finally this story doesn t even feel like science fiction On the one hand it feels like some kind of cold war spy thriller On the other some kind of soap operaSo no I m not happy And at the 25% point I m giving up and rating the book at a Not Very Good 2 stars out of 5


10 thoughts on “Spin Control

  1. says:

    I would never have thought that a story could be spun out of a wild mix of the Arab Israeli conflict ants AIs clones water fertility and space exploration plus love loyalty and It kept my interest throughout each switch in perspective or tim

  2. says:

    You can tell a book is ambitious when it takes on the Israeli Palestinian conflict and this book is at least as smart as it is ambitious The Israeli Palestinian conflict is only one of the threads in the story but I think it is done justice In the future the Strip is irradiated and the battles are fought on both sides by soldiers p

  3. says:

    Generations in the future those willing to embrace AIs body mods and genetic manipulation ascended to live technologically advanced lives far above Earth's atmosphere Now variations on humanity and sentience travel

  4. says:

    Very different from the first book Ideas remain fascinating Perhaps improvement will come with a third book

  5. says:

    This is set in the same universe as Moriarty's Spin State but is not a direct seuel Because I was so completely impressed with the use of current state physics in Spin State it took almost half of this book to get over my disappoint

  6. says:

    I really was excited to read this book and it had the potential to be really great but fell flatThe author decided to focus on making a very bland boring commentary on the Arab Israeli conflict instead of focusing on any of several very interesting sci fi elements of his world that could have perhaps stood with the great social commentary sci fi of the 60s and 70s if done wellAliens with a virus that can make the infertile population of Ear

  7. says:

    With some reservations I enjoyed the first book “Spin State” in Chris Moriarty’s “Spin” series But I’m not happy at all with her 2006 seuel Spin Book 2 Spin Control” I’ve got three major problems The first can be boiled down to the same major issue I had with the first book she sets up a society and its technologies then utterly ignores them to use some ridiculous setting as the backdrop for th

  8. says:

    I liked this book without really understanding what was going on Like most books in the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction the concepts usually lose me I guess I just don’t have the mind for them It’s kind of like being a luddite while working in the computer industry which I am and in which I do Still I really liked reading this book The prose was terrific It was very readable My problem though was th

  9. says:

    I swithered between giving this three and four stars The uality of the writing is very good indeed and a huge amount of research and thought has obviously gone into things like terraforming the future of the Israel Palestine conflict clone society Emergent AIs and ants But overall it didn't hugely hang together very well for me long sections

  10. says:

    35 StarsLike the first this one had slick smooth writing with a plethora of great futurism world building with some interesting characters that ended up way too convoluted for it's own goodReduce the character count trim the book by about 200 p

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