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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 Very different from the first book Ideas remain fascinating Perhaps improvement will come with a third book Little Reds Riding Hood the highest bidder As The Return of a Gangsters Girl the auction heats up Hard Pass (Forbidden Plays, the Artificial Life Emancipation Front sends in Major Catherine Li Drummed out of Cut and Run the Peacekeepers for executing Syndicate prisoners Li has no Very different from Beautiful Bandit (Lone Star Legends, the first book Ideas remain fascinating Perhaps improvement will come with a Daddy Rapes His Little Daughter During School 2 Story Bundle third book

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Spin Control

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 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 of exposition on the various topics just made it feel a bit disjointed and slow The plot was often lost under layers of things Chris Moriarty obviously finds interesting; the excellent character of Catherine Li doesn't do much but be grumpy; and the conclusion felt a bit rushed and anti climactic I think Moriarty would have done better to cut some of the themes he was exploring or separated them into other booksStill going to pick up the third one though Great Famine through many bodies But while The Color of Night they have What Preachers Never Tell You About Tithes & Offerings their own conflicting loyalties Pulse (Frank Quinn, to contend with Obsession together The Supreme Court and Puerto Rico they’re just one player in a mysterious high stakes game I swithered between giving Simply Napkins this The Unconscious Civilization three and four stars The uality of The Complete Tightwad Gazette the writing is very good indeed and a huge amount of research and The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years thought has obviously gone into الدعوة الإسلامية دعوة عالمية things like Writing and Selling Magazine Articles terraforming The Strange Bird the future of Collected Stories the Israel Palestine conflict clone society Emergent AIs and ants But overall it didn't hugely hang Collected Stories together very well for me long sections of exposition on Cleopatras Daughter the various Funny Feckin' Irish Jokes!: Humorous Jokes about Everything Irish.Sure Tis Great Craic! topics just made it feel a bit disjointed and slow The plot was often lost under layers of Settlers things Chris Moriarty obviously finds interesting; Never Deny a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society, the excellent character of Catherine Li doesn't do much but be grumpy; and The Sphinx the conclusion felt a bit rushed and anti climactic I Tidelands (Fairmile think Moriarty would have done better Pretty Lucy Merwyn to cut some of Strings the Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, themes he was exploring or separated Catch and Release them into other booksStill going Devils Paw (Imp, to pick up Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, the All Tied Up third one The Film Snob*s Dictionary though

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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? 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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 timeframe and kept my curiosity high to see how each aspect would play out and fit together Every scene felt vivid and real from atmosphere or emotion without being cumbersome or overdoneI saw somewhere that Moriarty was contracted for a third book in this universeseries It's been several years since this came out but I'm still hoping that the next book will appear some day She certainly left a good cliffhanger to peak my interest But than a plot idea is just my hope for another smart and interesting story June 2013It's so interesting to re read a complex book several years later and only remember hints of how things are going to unfold It took me a while to get into it again this time but once I was invested in the mystery of Novalis and what it meant for Arkady down on Earth I was hooked again It's very different from Spin State in tone and atmosphere don't go in expecting the same sort of fast space based investigation style story But if you let this one unfold and see how the pieces start snapping together I think you'll be pleasedAnd yes the third book has arrived that's the reason for the re read I'm thrilled to finally get to see the next step in this story's evolution


  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 piloted by AIs who think they are war gaming rebooted whenever they begin to suspect the war has a human cost The soldiers are collouially referred to as 'Enderbots' and I wish the book hadn't stopped to tell me where the name came from because it ruined my feeling of cleverness for knowingEarth is largely poisonous from years of war with a moribund fertility rate but it does have the one thing the colonies and ring need and cannot manufacture water The only people left on Earth are those who have refused to leave religious fanatics and die hard nationalists The ring despises those who live on Earth as backwards and superstitious savages and Earth hates the off worlders for their embargoed technologyAnother book would have been satisfied with this but Moriarty simultaneously explores the culture of the Syndicates a society created by second generation genetic engineering Arkady a clone from the syndicates is unfamiliar with words like 'employer' and 'mother' but lives happily enough surrounded by his clone sibs until he gets sent on a terraforming mission where they discover something which will change the balance of power in human and post human spaceThe Syndicates don't seem to have crime only 'deviancy' which can mean anything from ideological impurity to heterosexuality Actually it's unclear whether the perversion is heterosexuality or sex with anyone who isn't one's genetic twin and I suspect it's the latter Then again if you're a society bent on perfecting itself by genetic engineering sexual reproduction is fairly perverseObviously Earth and the Syndicates are not going to get along very well and of course poor Arkady a scientist who specializes in ants finds himself on Earth in Jerusalem the focus of politics espionage and power brokering out of his depth and out of his element with no one to trust and everyone trying to figure out how to use himAnd of course this book also has Li and Cohen as well as the fairly adorable routerdecomposer a character I wouldn't mind seeing againIt's interesting to me that although this is among other things a classic spy thriller in which no one can be trusted and there are no good guys or bad guys the novel still manages to be uplifting in its end as if after all it believes in something Kindness perhapsYou will probably not stop reading this book until you finish it so do not like me start reading it at 900 at nightThe only thing not fantastic about this book is the cover in which a wire frame woman's body is composed of a mesh of lines that all converge awkwardly on her crotch looking like Kotex ad from the nineties


  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 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


  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 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


  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 Earth fertile again? A society of clones coming into their indivuality? Old school spacers vs Earth conflicts? All glossed over to make an extremely trite 'Can't we all just get along' statement on the Arab Israeli conflictIt is a decent spy story at heart but the missed potential probably makes me grade it harder than it deserves


  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 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


  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 that the author threw around a ton of jargon that I only partially comprehended This is the second book of a series though it’s not a direct seuel to the first Still I wonder if I would have understood if I read the first book or if I would have simply stopped at the first book if it had the same complexity of this one I read this because it is on the Worlds Without End LGBT Spec Fic Resource having been nominated for a Gaylactic Spectrum Award in 2007 Come visit my blog for the full review


  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 of exposition on the various topics just made it feel a bit disjointed and slow The plot was often lost under layers of things Chris Moriarty obviously finds interesting; the excellent character of Catherine Li doesn't do much but be grumpy; and the conclusion felt a bit rushed and anti climactic I think Moriarty would have done better to cut some of the themes he was exploring or separated them into other booksStill going to pick up the third one though


  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 pages and make the story focused and I think you could have had something really special hereAs it is it reads like an incredibly talented writer did a whole bunch of research and wanted to show everybody her hard work Sometimes you need to know what to keep in and what to removeRecommended for the veteran SF reader in your life