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Coyote: A Novel of Interstellar Explorationby Allen Steele
Synopses & Reviews
Coyote marks a dramatic new turn in the career of Allen Steele, Hugo Award-winning author of Chronospace. Epic in scope, passionate in its conviction, and set against a backdrop of plausible events, it tells the brilliant story of Earth's first interstellar colonists — and the mysterious planet that becomes their home...
The crime of the century begins without a hitch. On July 5th, 2070, as it?s about to be launched, the starship Alabama is hijacked — by her captain and crew. In defiance of the repressive government of The United Republic of Earth, they replace her handpicked passengers with political dissidents and their families. These become Earth?s first pioneers in the exploration of space...
Captain R.E. Lee, their leader. Colonel Gill Reese, the soldier sent to stop Lee. Les Gilles, the senior communications officer, a victim of a mistake that will threaten the entire mission. Crewman Eric Gunther, who has his own agenda for being aboard. His daughter, Wendy, a teenager who will grow up too quickly. Jorge and Rita Montero, ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances. And their son Carlos, who will become a hero in spite of himself.
After almost two-and-a-half centuries in cold sleep, they will awaken above their destination: a habitable world named Coyote. A planet that will test their strength, their beliefs, and their very humanity...
In Coyote, Allen Steele delivers a grand novel of galactic adventure — a tale of life on the newest of frontiers.
"A much-foreshadowed 'surprise' ending is by far the least of the surprises in Steele's bag of tricks. But each page of this novel bears evidence of fresh thought about the opportunities inherent in science fiction to take the familiar and make it new." Gerald Jonas, New York Times Book Review
"[T]he narrative doesn't stay with individual characters...long enough for the reader to get to know them, but it does give a panorama of the developing community....The discovery of a new world is one of SF's most potent themes, and Steele handles it well." Publishers Weekly
"[A] fast-moving, vividly detailed, somewhat didactic story....Steele's most ambitious novel yet, in which he attains the level of Heinlein and Poul Anderson in that, howsoever much he preaches, he still gives us a cracking good story that even readers not of the true space-exploration faith will enjoy." Roland Green, Booklist
"Allen Steele is always good, and Coyote is one of his very best. A tale of politics and survival, as well as the rewards and consequences of freedom." Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling author
"What?s not to love about Allen M. Steele?s Coyote? He?s got Hal Clement-style world-building and A.E. van Vogt-style action-adventure, coupled with characters whose rousing pioneer spirit will make you stand up and cheer. A terrific, break-out book from one of the field?s very finest writers." Robert J. Sawyer, Nebula Award-winning author of Hominids
Coyote marks a dramatic new turn in the career of Allen Steele, Hugo Award-winning author of Chronospace. Epic in scope, passionate in its conviction, and set against a backdrop of plausible events, it tells the brilliant story of Earth's first interstellar colonists-and the mysterious planet that becomes their home.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -390).
About the Author
Allen Steele was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and received his B.A. in Communications from New England College and a Masters Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri. Before turning to science fiction, he worked as a staff writer for newspapers in Tennessee, Missouri, and Massachusetts, as well as Washington, D.C. He is a two-time winner of the Hugo Award in the novella category.
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