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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    – DavidW
    Dec 13, 2018 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, 2018 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? Dec 20, 2018 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, 2018 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, 2018 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, 2018 at 20:16

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