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Coyote: A Novel of Interstellar Exploration (original 2002; edition 2002)

by Allen Steele

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Title:Coyote: A Novel of Interstellar Exploration
Authors:Allen Steele
Info:Ace Hardcover (2002), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 400 pages
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Allen Steele may well be familar with Jefferson Starship's 'Blows Against the Empire' which counter-culture revolutionaries steal a starship from 'Uncle Samuel' and go out into the universe to find freedom.

Allen Steele's Capt Robert E Lee in instrumental in a plot by political dissidents in the space industry to hijack the USS Alabama, prototype starship of the repressive United Republic of America, built at ruinous cost to the economy to immortalize the government's ideology by planting a colony of fanatics on another star's planet.

Because the novel was assembled from a series of short stories, there is a an element of repetition which should have been eliminated with better editing. The stories are littered with basic errors of science, but the story rolls along in an unthreatening enough way. Many reviewers have a go at Steele's rather lackadaisical writing, and point out the errors for our edification. (My favourites include varying length of day & night on a moon without axial tilt, and a failure to remember tides, plus of course the lack of planning for eventual colonisation by the repressive URA - more guns and bullets than food!) ( )
  orkydd | Feb 2, 2017 |
Competent fiction, but not really sci fi, in my opinion. Aside from riding a spaceship to get to their new home, this was simply a novel about colonizing a new place. Hardship, conflict, teen angst, ho hum. ( )
  JudyGibson | Jul 17, 2016 |
The beginning of a fine series. Good characters and a perfect set up for an ongoing story-line. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
So the real question, I suppose, is will I read more about Coyote. I liked how the book ended with lots of possibilities in place...so maybe...
I also would be interested to read something by Steele that had not begun life in serial form. (I greatly admire any author with the guts to undertake such a challenge, but it must in the end affect the final product.)
While I love SF, and there is always about a 50% chance that the next book I read will be SF against all competing genres, few SF novels--probably true of all novels--provide much satisfaction when it comes to writing style and character development. There is something in most SF novels that is simply workman-like in these realms rather than deeply satisfying and engaging. Steele's engagement with his characters is clearly deep. They are fuller than many SF cut-outs. But there is still some missing ingredient that I am unable to quantify other than to know when I am in the hands of an author that works some alchemical magic that infuses the dross with veins of gold.

Coyote is a good book and at times a page turner. That's the sum of it. ( )
  tsgood | Nov 29, 2015 |
It was disturbing, and I'm still not really sure what happened at the end. Most of it took place in the protagonist's head. But I liked that it was written in small bites. And I enjoy a book I have to think about to understand. ( )
  Joanna.Conrad | Nov 4, 2015 |
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The national bestselling story of Earth's first interstellar colonists-and the mysterious planet that becomes their home.

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