Vortex (Wilson novel)

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AuthorRobert Charles Wilson
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction
PublisherTor Books
Publication date
July 2011
Pages331 (first edition, hardback)
Preceded byAxis 

Vortex is a science fiction novel by American-Canadian writer Robert Charles Wilson, published in July 2011.[1] It is the third book in the Spin series, following the Hugo award-winning Spin and Axis.


The chapters of the book alternate between two timelines: one approximately 40 years following the events of Spin and the other approximately 10,000 years following the events of Axis.

Critical response[edit]

Reviewer David Mead writes that readers will be very pleased with the final adventure:

"Wilson provides a hopeful conclusion to a narrative that foresees the death of all life on Earth, first as a result of global climate change and then of the destructive expansion of the dying sun when the Hypotheticals remove the barrier that has protected the planet. In each of the novels of the trilogy, the wondrous events that precipitate the story - the imposition of the barrier, the Archways, the experience of life aboard a gigantic floating archipelago that sails from Equatoria to a ruined Earth - are registered or reported by finely drawn characters."[2]


  1. ^ "Locus Online: Forthcoming books". Retrieved 2010-09-28.
  2. ^ Mead, David (January 2012). "Vortex by Robert Charles Wilson". The New York Review of Science Fiction. Pleasantville, NY: Dragon Press. 24 (5): 6–7.

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