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The two-time Hugo Award-winner expands the universe of his Coyote saga.

The danui, a reclusive arachnid species considered the galaxy's finest engineers, have avoided contact with the Coyote Federation. Until, that is, the danui initiate trade negotiations, offering only information: the coordinates for an unoccupied world suitable for human life-a massive sphere, composed of billions of hexagons.

But when the Federation's recon mission goes ...

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Overview


The two-time Hugo Award-winner expands the universe of his Coyote saga.

The danui, a reclusive arachnid species considered the galaxy's finest engineers, have avoided contact with the Coyote Federation. Until, that is, the danui initiate trade negotiations, offering only information: the coordinates for an unoccupied world suitable for human life-a massive sphere, composed of billions of hexagons.

But when the Federation's recon mission goes terribly wrong, the humans realize how little they know about their new partners...

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Publishers Weekly
Fans of action-driven space opera will enjoy Steele's eighth Coyote novel (after 2010's Coyote Destiny). By the 24th century C.E., humankind has mastered interstellar travel, and colonists have formed the Coyote Federation and joined the Talus, an interstellar association. The danui, powerful intelligent beings who resemble spiders, offer Coyote the use of a habitable planet in their home system, so starship captain Andromeda Carson and her estranged son, Sean, a member of the Corps of Exploration, head over to check the place out. When they discover that the danui have destroyed the promised planet to create an enormous sphere tiled with billions of hexagons and enclosing the danui homeworld, mother and son must set aside their differences to save their mission and themselves. The writing is crisp, and Steele, as always, leaves readers wanting to learn more about the worlds he's created. (June)
Kirkus Reviews

Addition to Steele's interstellar colonization saga (Coyote Destiny, 2010, etc.) wherein Earth is kaput, and human civilization thrives on the remote planet Coyote.

In an awfully long first hundred pages, we learn that humans and various alien races cooperate peaceably in the Talus, a sort of galactic club, and that space marine Sean Carson hates his starship captain mother Andromeda for abandoning Sean's father and lying to him about it. Then one of the alien races, the mysterious danui, announce that they have a planet available for humans to colonize. In due course an expedition departs from Coyote—no prizes for guessing who is aboard—for the planet, but when they arrive they find, instead of a planet, a colossal Dyson sphere composed of billions of hexagons arranged in a spherical shell around a central sun, each hexagon with environments suitable for life, both human and alien. There's evidence that the intricately constructed and lovingly described Hex has already been visited and perhaps occupied by several of the Talus races. However, instead of waiting for instructions, or attempting to understand what's going on, Sean, Andromeda and company begin to explore, blundering about like adolescents, making impulsive, ill-informed and often stupid decisions. There are a few tense moments and some issues are resolved, but sense of wonder there is none.

Dull and annoying.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441020362
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Series: Coyote Series , #8
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet 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. His previous novels include Orbital Decay; Lunar Descent; Clarke County, Space; Labyrinth of Night; Jericho Iteration; The Tranquility Alternative; Oceanspace, and Chronospace (all available from Ace). He is a two-time winner of the Hugo Award in the novella category. He lives with his wife, Linda, in Whately, Massachusetts.
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  • Posted August 5, 2011

    Great Stuff!

    Steele knows his craft and the fandom he's writing for. He dispenses with the old Heinlienian "the door irised open" sci fi crap and really he doesn't need it, theres enough mind effing concepts in the story already. The characters are believable people who you can imagine offering coffee to in your dining room and even though this is part of a series you don't feel lost or like you've missed something, though now I'll be digging into the rest of the stories! Steele has a relaxed style, everything feels organic, theres no hack reasoning for why something can't be done or is done a certain way, it flows seamlessly out of the internal logic of the world Steele has invented. If your looking at this review your probably a SF fan so from one fan to another let me tell you this is good straight up space exploration science fiction you'll enjoy.

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

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    a super outer space thriller

    The Coyote Federation belongs to the Talus interstellar association. The other species has been friendly to the humans over the years; that is except for the Danui. These arachnid super intelligent engineering species keep for the most part to their own kind. Thus the Danui are not hostile to humans just inaccessible.

    When the Danui asks for a trade arrangement with the Coyote, the humans are stunned. Even more shocking is the hermit like Danui offers the use of a planet in their system. The Federation leaders accept the deal. Starship Captain Andromeda Carson leads her Carlos Montero CFSS crew and members of the Corps of Exploration including her estranged son Sean to the coordinates. Instead of a hospitable orb, they find an incredible engineering feat. The Danui built a sphere using billions of interlocking hexagons to enclose their system. The Coyote mission goes astray so Carson and crew struggle to survive while wondering what the enigmatic Danui really want from the humans.

    The latest twenty fourth century Coyote science fiction (see Coyote Horizon and Coyote Destiny) is a super outer space thriller. The action-packed story line grips series fans from the moment that the Carolos Montero crew and passengers see the incredible Hex and never slows down until the final denouement. However, the key to this terrific entry is the attitudes of the visiting Coyote humans whose suspicions are enflamed by the unknown and embellished by rumors filling the information gaps about the Danui. They also wonder what the purpose is for the construction of one of the great wonders of the universe and they need to know what the real reason is for their invitation. This is a winner as humanity hates a vacuum so they will fill the void with "death squads".

    Harriet Klausner

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