A collection of short stories, with several set in Allen Steele‘s Coyote, Near Space and Chronospace universes. Fans of Mr. Steele will enjoy this collection. The stories vary dramatically in tone and theme, but the quality is characteristically solid. The author’s affection for American mid-20th Century culture helps bring colour to the collection, and a […]
This is yet another novel set in the Coyote universe. It is about a defector from the Western Hemisphere Union who makes his way to Coyote. He is then hired/drafted for a trade mission to the aliens discovered in Spindrift. This is a lightweight tale of adventure and redemption. Very plain vanilla in concept. Competent […]
Spindrift is a spinoff of the Coyote series, dealing with first contact. The ending, where the survivors of the Galileo expedition arrive in Coyote, is already predetermined, if you will, by the epilogue of Coyote Frontier and the prologue of Spindrift itself. To arrive at this conclusion, Steele sends the Galileo and its crew on […]
Book three in the Coyote series, this novel takes us once more to the colony planet Coyote. But there’s a new twist. Earth has developed a technology for instantaneous travel between stars, meaning close contact with Earth is possible once more. Coyote seems like paradise to inhabitants of Earth wracked with overcrowding and catastrophic climate […]
The sequel to Coyote, picks up where the previous one left off, thus mitigating some of my annoyance with the ending of the previous book. Coyote has been invaded by the Western Hemisphere Union, a major power on Earth, and the original colonists have to fight a guerilla war against an increasingly despotic post-socialist regime. […]
This novel goes beyond Steele’s typical near-future, near-Earth fare and describes the creation of the first interstellar colony. The novel has previously been published in the form of a series of short stories, and suffers from it, feeling cobbled together. The characters are interesting and I was drawn in by the narrative. Steele readily manages […]
The fourth book in the Coyote series seems a bit scatterbrained. Various linked stories about a group who “find god” and others. I got about half way through, then couldn’t finish it. Boooooooring!