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This book started with a man who wakes, spinning in space, surrounded by other bodies that are slowly spinning. He does something that awakens them all early, somehow ends up on a planet. Somewhere along the story spider-like aliens attach to their brains.

It's been over 40 years since I read it. I believe it is a series.

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    Hi, welcome to SF&F! You should check out the guide to writing a good question to see if it triggers any more details you can add to your question. – DavidW Dec 13 '18 at 22:19
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    Do you recall a lot of famous historical figures (including the man who wakes at the beginning) as characters? – Spencer Dec 14 '18 at 0:44
  • Were the bodies in a ship that was in space, or were they literally in space? If the former, was the whole ship spinning, or were the bodies spinning independently? – Acccumulation Dec 20 '18 at 21:34
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Thanks to all you may have looked at this question and gave it some thought. I was able to find the book. It is called, To Your Scattered Bodies Go, by Philip Jose Farmer. Thanks again.

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    Even though it's to your own question, this would be a better answer if you include some detail as to how this novel matches the question. – Zeiss Ikon Dec 20 '18 at 19:21
  • Aha! @Spencer had the right idea! I was sidetracked by "spinning in space" which had me picturing a starlight black void, instead of stacks of bodies spinning between vertical rails... – DavidW Dec 20 '18 at 19:27
  • Yes, once i found the book I realized it would have been more clear if I would have said, slowly spinning just above the ground of an unknown planet/place. Also would have been helpful if I would have mentioned the river! But it had been 40 years since reading it. – jbvg Dec 20 '18 at 20:16

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