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Coyote Rising Mass Market Paperback – November 29, 2005

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Book 2 of 3 in the Coyote Series

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From Publishers Weekly

Hugo-winner Steele's stirring second entry in the interstellar frontier saga that began with Coyote (2002) dramatizes the growing tensions between groups of pioneers on Coyote, a recently discovered world in the 47 Ursae Majoris system. Coyote's first settlers fled tyranny on Earth, so they're disconcerted by the arrival of starships full of colonists sent by a different dictatorship. Unavoidable conflict between the people who want to be left alone and those who need to dominate leads to intrigue, raids and eventually full-scale revolt. Perhaps inevitably (since it was first published as a series of stories in Asimov's), the novel deals with scattered episodes from that struggle, so that characters appear, perform some necessary action, and vanish just as readers have gotten interested in them. However, Steele presents his characters convincingly enough to account for their selfless or calculating behavior, and it makes sense for the story to focus on larger social evolution rather than individuals. In any event, the book's real center is its setting. Coyote offers forests, mountains, prairies, rivers in a panorama strange enough to rouse awe, vast enough to give all manner of humans room to find themselves. Happily, by the end the little war is finished, but this big, wonderful world is still waiting to be explored.
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The settlers on Coyote from the starship Alabama have a problem. Their fellow humans have followed them and now threaten their refuge with overpopulation and authoritarian governments. Under the name Rigil Kent, Carlos Montero is trying to assemble the human and other resources for a revolution, for which Captain R. E. Lee survives as an inspiring symbol. Meanwhile, the Reverend Zoltan Shirow contributes intelligently depicted messianic fervor to public life, with consequences yet to be determined. Those three characters, a good many lesser ones, and the situation as a whole smack distinctly of Heinlein, especially in The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (1966), and the book is not entirely free of libertarian preaching. On the other hand, it is full of good and even vivid writing, so readers who don't reject on philosophical grounds the strand of the sf heritage that its proclivities represent may thoroughly enjoy it. Such nonrejecting readers are numerous; after all, Steele has two reader-bestowed Hugos to his credit. Roland Green
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Product Details

  • Series: Coyote (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (November 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441012515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441012510
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #994,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Allen Steele is a science fiction writer with nineteen novels and six collections of short fiction to his credit. His works have been translated worldwide and have received the Hugo, Locus, and Seiun awards, and have been nominated for the Nebula, Sturgeon, and Sidewise Awards. He is also a recipient of the the Robert A. Heinlein Award. His first published story, "Live from the Mars Hotel," was published in 1988, and his first novel, Orbital Decay, was published in 1989. His best-known work is the Coyote series -- Coyote, Coyote Rising, Coyote Frontier, Coyote Horizon, and Coyote Destiny -- and the associative novels set in the same universe: Spindrift, Galaxy Blues, and Hex. A graduate of New England College and the University of Missouri, he is a former journalist, and once spent a brief tenure as a Washington correspondent. He was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, and now lives in western Massachusetts with his wife and dogs.

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Hugo Award-winning author Allen Steele follows up his imaginative novel COYOTE with the sequel, COYOTE RISING. I've read all of Allen Steele's novels and most of his short stories. Why? Because he never disappoints. Steele's stories always have the ring of truth because he populates them with believable characters, fast-paced plots, and technology that is understandable to the average Joe. All of these traits are in abundance in COYOTE RISING.

In the first novel, a group of interstellar colonists hijack a prototype starship named Alabama and flee a right-wing dictatorship to settle on the distant planet Coyote. Coyote is a harsh world with long and bitter winters and dangerous wildlife. The struggle to set up the first human colony on this planet is fraught with peril and makes for a great read. Steele recaps events from COYOTE nicely in COYOTE RISING, but I recommend reading the original first. It's like watching The Empire Strikes Back --- you don't need to see Star Wars to get it, but you will enjoy it more if you do.

In COYOTE, the first settlers fled tyranny on Earth and fought hard to explore the new world and build the settlement of Liberty. But the rulers of Earth have not given up on Coyote. They cannot. A majority of Earth has become uninhabitable, so mankind needs a new home. At the end of COYOTE, more spaceships are sent to Coyote with colonists and soldiers. The original settlers don't take too kindly to these interlopers led by tyrannical colonial governor Matriarch Luisa Hernandez, so they abandon Liberty and set up a new colony.

COYOTE RISING picks up from there, with the newcomers living in the now overcrowded Shuttlefield that has cropped up next to Liberty. Steele's strength is writing about things you actually believe can happen.
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Coyote Rising (2004) is the second SF novel in the Coyote trilogy, following Coyote itself. In the previous volume, five years after the arrival of the URSS Alabama, the WHSS Seeking Glorious Destiny Among the Stars for the Greater Good of Social Collectivism arrived in the 47 Ursae Majoris system carrying colonists and Matriarch Luisa Hernandez. After Mayor Lee met with the Matriarch on her ship, the Alabama colonists fled New Florida, leaving the town of Liberty stripped and deserted, and disappeared into the wilds of Midland.

The Western Hemisphere Union has sent five colony ships to 47 Ursae Majoris. The Glorious Destiny brought a thousand colonists and Union Guard to Coyote, as did New Frontiers, Long Journey, Magnificent Voyage and Spirit. Coyote has not become overcrowded, but Liberty definitely becomes overpopulated and many colonists were forced to camp in the Shuttlefield slums.

In this novel, Allegra DiSilvio arrives on Coyote in the Long Voyage. She is a composer who has been blocked from her creativity and has come to this distant planet looking for new sources of inspiration. After a long and futile search for a place to pitch her tent, she finally sets up near a swamp. Her neighbor is Cecelia -- Sissy -- Levin, mother of the Chief Proctor. Allegra gains Sissy's trust, makes a flute for her, and is soon teaching Sissy to play the instrument.

Benjamin Harlan is intrigued by a religious cult that comes to Coyote on the Magnificent Voyage. The cult leader, Reverend Zoltan Shirow, claims to be a prophet of the Universal Transformation. He looks like a bat, with wings and an animalistic face. However, Ben has his eyes mostly on Greer, a very good looking woman who seems to like him.
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The Coyote novels (this is book # 2 in a series) are nominally included in the Science Fiction genre, because they concern the exploration and settlement of an alien planet. But once they land the spacefarers are strangely quick to opt for 19th-century technologies, all the way down to spontaneously domesticating local fauna for use as beasts-of-burden. As a result, these books are basically just Westerns set on another planet. Later the series becomes more concerned with the colonists' fight to preserve their freedoms as various outside authorities - governmental, religious, and corporate - attempt to impose themselves upon the fledgling frontier society.

The writing is of a level normally reserved for the Young Adult category, with simple word choice and sentence structures throughout. Narrative details are repeated over and over again to the point of tedium, and the characters are all well-worn stereotypes who behave exactly according to the playbook. The incorporation of Steele's sociopolitical sentiments is heavy-handed to the point of being pedantic as well. (Socialism Bad! Religious Zealotry Bad! Effete Corporate Bureaucrats... BAD! Rugged-Yet-Sensitive Frontiersman? Goooooooood.)

Still, the Coyote books are fast-paced and entertaining, and Steele does a good job with his descriptions of frontier life. Many of the conflicts are man-vs.-nature stories of people just trying to survive, which is a nice change in a genre overfull with epic battles between fleets of alien starships. He also successfully juggles an enormous, intergenerational cast of characters, and while none of them is especially original or well-developed, they're all likeable people and I found myself genuinely rooting for them by the end of each book.
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