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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books; 1 edition (Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441009743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441009749
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,596,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An homage to wonder, hope and determinism (Stephen Baxter)

Allen Steele is always good, and Coyote is one of his very best (Kevin J. Anderson)

The discovery of a new world is one of SF's most potent themes, and Steele handles it well (Publishers Weekly)

Heinlein would approve (Locus) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Hugo Award-winning author, Allen Steele, takes us on an incredible journey of courage, ambition and discovery in this first volume of his epic trilogy of interstellar exploration. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Craig Skinner on 10 Oct. 2006
Format: Paperback
I really cannot understand why this book (and the trilogy as a whole for that matter) has been taking such a beating in the reviews. I thought it was outstanding.

The fact that this book is based on a number of short stories is obvious at some points, if only because a lot of facts are over stated unnecessarily, presumably to 'set the scene' and enable readers to read these short stories individually without needing to read earlier ones. I feel a little better editing could have rectified this, but it's such a small flaw in an otherwise incredible book that it's barely worth mentioning.

Maybe it's also a testament to Steele's writing ability that these short stories work on their own and as part of a generation spanning trilogy?

I feel that far too much SF these days is ridiculous and too unbelievable (I know, it is fiction after all) but this book and series gives you something that you can actually imagine happening. It doesn't bombard you with gobbledegook science, it just tells an exciting, imaginative and often emotional story.

The phrase 'I could not put this book down' is an overused one, but I literally couldn't, and had finished the 3 books in the series in about 10 days.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. P. Garde on 1 Jan. 2004
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I first came across Allen Steele a few years ago with his early novels,Orbital Decay and Clarke County Space,both of which I enjoyed enormously.
Then in the May/June 2003 issue of Interzone I read a review by Nigel Brown of Allen Steele's newest novel,Coyote.The review was positive so I bought the book and I am glad I did.
The novel is what is called in sf circles a "fix-up".Which means that its made up of a number of shorter stories,the majority of which in this case appeared in Asimovs Science Fiction magazine.This shows as each chapter does not flow smoothly from the one to the next.However this is also one of the strong points of the book as each chapter can be seen as an episode in the story of the departure from Earth of a starship and its occupants,their journey through space and their discovery and eventual colonisation of a new world.For me this worked well,it gave me the feel of a venture that was believable with characters that you care about.
One of the most powerful chapters is "The Days Between",in which Leslie Gillis is woken from suspended animation three months after the voyage starts,and unable to re-enter sleep state he must spend the rest of his life,32 years and alone,on the ship.Allen Steele uses this story to convey the time and distance of the journey.There are no convenient warp drives or worm holes here for those who like near instantanious travel through space.He also portrays the despair and isolation that Gillis feels at times and we feel for the character.
Many critics have compared Allen Steele to Robert Heinlein for his story telling,and I would have to agree.Many of Heinlein's novels are tales of galactic adventure,well told with believable characters and situations,and Allen Steele has no difficulty in acheiving this as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luka Rejec on 1 Mar. 2009
Format: Paperback
A readable book, but not a good book. I would classify it a waste of time, as there are simply so many better books around.

The PROS:
- a relatively tantalising backstory and setting idea.

The CONS:
- flat, boring characters. I never felt empathy for any of them, their personalities were erratic and sketchy.
- the tantalising backstory and setting is developed poorly and predictabl.
- the rocket science is iffy, but the social science is worse. The society presented in the book is a cardboard caricature of a frontier Wild West town. The only thing missing are 'injuns', but even those are hinted at (and then promptly ignored by the rest of the plot).
- caricature politics. Good liberalists, rugged individualists, versus first the Fascists and then the Communists. This story has been done. To death. And its not particularly imaginative, either.
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This is my first read of an Allen Steele novel. It frustrated me; a later book in the series having been strongly recommended in a SF blog that usually doesn't disappoint. It is a book of two very different halves. To me, the first part is a little far-fetched: the relatively easy theft of a multi-billion dollar spacecraft and a somewhat dull inter-stellar trip. The second part is quite different, telling an adventure story from the perspective of a group of unlikable (my opinion) teenagers, whose personalities bear no great resemblance to those built up in the first part. The ending, though, adds an element of excitement to the storyline and makes it tempting to seek out the next instalment.

On the positive side, the Earth-politics that Allen Steele creates is thought-provoking. The adult characters are also interesting and I wish they had received more development throughout the novel. The narrative is first person, which may not be to everyone's taste. I've awarded it 3-stars as I am tempted to read the next in the series in the hope of greater things.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Sudworth VINE VOICE on 31 Mar. 2005
Format: Paperback
I bought this book thinking that it was a complete new story but its not (or at least this book is not) - it brings together a number of short stories around the colonisation of a planet.
The start of the book is excellent, the idea of hijacking a ship built by a totalitarian government to create a society based on the values of the original USA on a planet 40 light years from Earth is so full of possibilities. Sadly , the short story nature of the chapters does break up the narrative and instead of getting an overview of the story you get individual perspectives and rites of passage stories makimg up the central section of the book. The last section, where another ship comes from Earth with people and robots from a later, socialist type society which is just as bad from the colonists point of view that sets the scene (I hope)for the rest of the series. Its this turnround at the end that will get me to buy the next one
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