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Book Buzz: SPIN to the Big Screen

Robert Charles Wilson's Hugo Award-winning novel is bound for the cinema.

By Pat Ferrara     June 02, 2008


SPIN by author Robert Charles Wilson
© Tor Books

Before any other news is tackled a moment must be taken to honor two individuals who were integral in the popularization of sci-fi television. Joseph Pevney and Alexander Courage passed away earlier last May. Both worked on the original Star Trek series where Joseph Pevney acted as director (to such fan favorite episodes as “The City on the Edge of Forever,” “Amok Time,” “The Trouble with Tribbles” and “Arena”) while Alexander Courage handled music composition and is best known for the Starship Enterprise’s eight-note brass signature theme. Joseph and Alexander you will be missed but not forgotten.

Canadian native Robert Charles Wilson, the author of Philip K. Dick Award-winner Mysterium and John Campbell Award-winner The Chronoliths, is receiving the highest honor America can bestow upon genre fiction storytellers: a big-screen adaptation of their work.

Heralded as “probably the finest science fiction author now writing” by fellow wordsmith Stephen King, R.C. Wilson isn’t lacking for literary accolades. Aside from his Campbell and Philip K awards Wilson has also earned the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award (for the novelette ”The Cartesian Theatre”) and a total of three Aurora Awards (for the novels Blind Lake & Darwinia and the short story collection “The Perseids”).

Released in 2005, Spin details a near-future Earth that becomes encased in a time-slowing, selectively-filtering energy membrane. Tackling both universal ideas and niche sci-fi concepts Wilson’s Spin won the 2006 Hugo Award and has now garnered the attention of Olympus Pictures and Bits & Pieces Production Company. This week Robert Charles Wilson’s Axis, the sequel to Spin, hits the shelves in softcover amidst the recent news that this second novel of the planned Spin trilogy has been shortlisted for the 2008 Sunburst Awards. The final novel in the trilogy, Vortex, has yet to pick up a release date.

Speaking of sequels epic fantasy author Brandon Sanderson debuts The Well of Ascension as the second tome in his Mistborn series while Brian Ruckley continues The Godless World saga with Bloodheir.

Lastly William Gibson, author of the cyberpunk cornerstone Neuromancer, will be inducted into the SF Hall of Fame on June 21st alongside screenplay writer Rod Serling, editors Betty & Ian Ballantine and sci-fi artist Richard Powers. Gibson’s latest novel, Spook Country, is out in paperback form this week.

New in Hardcover:

The Discworld Graphic Novels, Terry Pratchett (Harper)

Wolf Chronicles: Promise of the Wolves, Dorothy Hearst (Simon & Schuster)

Hearst’s trilogy opener is already making waves in the books realm, featuring a fantasy adventure taking place 14,000 years ago.

Destroyermen: Into the Storm, Taylor Anderson (Roc)

The Draconic Prophecies: Dragon Forge, James Wyatt (Wizards of the Coast)

Elven Ways: The Dark Ferryman, Jenna Rhodes (DAW)

Daemons are Forever, Simon R. Green (Roc)

James Bond meets Harry Dresden in this genre-bending spy yarn.

The Dune Chronicles: Children of Dune, Frank Herbert (Ace)

Very Hard Choices, Spider Robinson (Baen)

Confederation: Valor’s Trial, Tanya Huff (DAW)

The Prefect, Alastair Reynolds (Ace)

New in Paperback:

Mistborn: The Well of Ascension, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)

The sequel to The Final Empire, a series opener that helped Sanderson earn the right to finish Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series.

Mistborn: The Final Empire, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)

Ragamuffin, Tobias S. Buckell (Tor)

The Others: Walk on the Wild Side, Christine Warren (St. Martin’s)

Ravenloft Covenant: Vampire of the Mists, Christie Golden (Wizards of the Coast)

Future Americas, Ed. by John Helfers & Martin H. Greenberg (DAW)

Sixteen stories of the America to come…

Zoe Martinique: Spectre, Phaedra Weldon (Ace)

Legend of Drizzt: Siege of Darkness, R.A. Salvatore (Wizards of the Coast)

Salvatore beautifully covers the siege of Mithril Hall in this action-packed Drizzt installment.

Queen of Hearts, Daniel Homan (Prime Books)

Pound of Flesh, Susan Wright (Roc)

The Man with the Golden Torc, Simon R. Green (Roc)

Black Jewels: The Invisible Ring, Anne Bishop (Roc)

Axis, Robert Charles Wilson (Tor)

The Good Fairies of New York, Martin Millar (Tor)

Shadowmoor Cycle: Eventide, Cory J. Herndon & Scott Mcgough (Wizards of the Coast)

Vampire Huntress Legends: The Cursed, L.A. Banks (St. Martin’s)

The Quest for the Trilogy: Boneslicer, Mel Odom (Tor)

The Godless World: Bloodheir, Brian Ruckley (Orbit)

The sequel to Ruckley’s invigorating Godless World opener Winterbirth. Stay tuned to Mania.com this week for a full review.

Promethean Age: Blood and Iron, Elizabeth Bear (Roc)

Lady Penitent: Ascendancy of the Last, Lisa Smedman (Wizards of the Coast)

Darkover: The Alton Gift, Marion Zimmer Bradley & Deborah J. Ross (DAW)

Spook Country, William Gibson (Berkley Trade)
 
The Spider: City of Doom, Norvell Page (Baen)
 
Everfree, Nick Sagan (Roc)

Dead Reckoning, Jeffrey Cheney (Tate Publishing)

Son of Man, Robert Silverberg (Pyr)

Confederation: The Heart of Valor, Tanya Huff (DAW)

New in Audiobook:

Wolf Chronicles: Promise of the Wolves, Dorothy Hearst (Random House Audio)

Read by Justine Eyre.

Check back next Monday for all the latest info on current sci-fi, fantasy, and horror book releases. Questions or comments? Hit me up at Pferrara.mania@gmail.com.

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Moz72 6/2/2008 5:02:24 PM
Hey Pat, Thanks for Small Favors! I'm really enjoying it. I love Butcher's style of writing. It's like one of the reviews says, "Bugs Bunny meets John Carpenter".<br /> I enjoy his first person narrative and the way Mr. Butcher kids with the reader as Harry Dresden, allowing the reader to be in on the joke! I love it. I also like the continuity he maintains in all of his books. You always know what's going on in the series, so if you miss one book, you at least get a quick summary of events in the previous book so the reader is not left behind.<br /> <br /> I also wanted to mention that I'm really disappointed that the powers that be at Mania<br /> dropped the ball by neglecting to do a write-up on the passing of comedian Harvey Korman, last Thursday. Anyone who knows Korman remembers him from the Carol Burnett Show, as well as his roles in Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles and History of the World Part 1. I posted the article from IMDB.com which went unnoticed, as well as sending the link to Jarrod which received no reply.<br /> The man was a comedic legend and deserved to be recognized. Sorry to see it went unnoticed here.<br /> Needed to get that off my chest.<br /> <br /> Again thanks for the book. I'm really enjoying it. I liked the Sci-Fi series but in retrospect I wish it would have stayed more faithful to the books.<br /> <br />
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