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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Hardcover (April 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441014712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441014712
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,554,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Set in the same universe as Hugo-winner Steele's popular trilogy that began with Coyote (2002), this fascinating supplement concentrates on events that happen offstage after Coyote Rising (2004). When Earth detected a large alien artifact drifting past a distant star, a hastily organized and fractious expedition was sent to investigate. Communication failed just after the Earth crew arrived on the scene and began exploring, so everyone was presumed lost—until decades later, when three survivors and an alien envoy turned up at the end of Coyote Frontier (2005). This latest installment describes what the ill-fated expedition discovers, what goes wrong and how a few people save themselves by recognizing their ignorance and isolation, then resolving to work past those limitations. Though readers of the trilogy already know the basic story—and the novel's opening also gives away most of the outcome—Steele delivers a gripping saga of humanity on the verge of exploring the larger universe. (Apr.)
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From Booklist

Coyote Universe, book 1, flashes back to the Ranch (i.e., Earth) under its very modestly successful socialist rulers, with whom Steele only very modestly sympathizes. The manned expedition Galileo is sent to study an apparent UFO named pindrift, which turns out to be an alien probe, which in turn brings the alileo crew back with the secret of faster-than-light drive--and knowledge of Earth's prospective involvement in the insterstellar war of Coyote Trilogy (Coyote, 2002; Coyote Rising, 2004; Coyote Frontier, 2005). Steele's still working at high-performance levels in space-advocacy, alien-contact, and human-evolution fiction. Roland Green
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More About the Author

Allen Steele is a science fiction writer with nineteen novels and five 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.

Customer Reviews

Started reading the coyote series a few weeks ago and literally read every chance I get.
Nicolette Siaperas
I have read all the Coyote books first, and this book tied into the other books, but I don't really think you need to read all the other books to enjoy it.
miki
For this book I can only say that I found the plot unoriginal and the characters somewhat tiresome.
medi

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. Kelly Wagner on August 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
What some see as formulaic, I read as being homage to the old-fashioned, straight-ahead plotting and style of Arthur C. Clarke, with echoes also of Heinlein and Asimov. Yes, it's slightly old-fashioned to have a plot that's this straightforward, and not darkly disturbed, and not cluttered up with a lot of sexual scenes and/or gigantic battle scenes - but it is refreshing to read such a book every once in a while.

Steele's appreciation of Clarke has shown up before - one of his older novels is, after all, "Clarke County, Space" (Clarke County, Space). This newest novel is clearly an homage to "Rendezvous with Rama" (Rendezvous with Rama) in particular, in the major plot line, which is to investigate a mysterious object in space.

As I was reading, besides recognizing the plotting style of Clarke and other golden-age writers, I also found myself comparing it to another book I read not that long ago, Harry Turtledove's "Homeward Bound" (Homeward Bound). Both books are strong on characters, both include a character on the long interstellar journey who is, for one reason or another, infamous and an outcast on Earth; both involve the aftermath of first contact with aliens.

There are several factors to weigh in judging a science fiction book - plot, character development, as in any novel, original ideas, presence/absence of hard-science extrapolation, writing style, writing competence.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By medi on November 23, 2008
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If you are like me, a fan of Allen Steele as well as one who enjoyed the Coyote Trilogy, then you might find yourself searching for stories that continue the "Coyote Saga" (much like a movie goer that does not want the movie to end). For those individuals, I would recommend this book only because it delivers what you hoped: It introduces some new characters to the Coyote storyline and it fills in some of the questions/gaps left in "Coyote Frontier". Noteably, who and what is this alien race (the hjadd) all about and how was first contact established?

Unfortunately this is where my recommendation ends. As previously mentioned this is not Steele's best writing and for those of you who have not read some of Steele's other books I would urge you to try the "Coyote Trilogy" or "Chronospace". Those books are more representative of Steele's Hugo award winning style of storybook telling. For this book I can only say that I found the plot unoriginal and the characters somewhat tiresome. This again in stark contrast to Steele's other work.

Would have I still bought the book had I previously known the above? Yes.
I suppose the answer to this is akin to if you are a movie goer who enjoyed the "Star Wars" Story would you see the next installment to see what enfolds even though you knew it was not quite as good as the rest? I suppose I would.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on March 7, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Spindrift (2007) is an SF novel in the Coyote Universe, following Coyote Frontier. In the previous series, the Coyote Federation gained a starship and firm control of Starbridge Coyote. Susan Montero and Jon Parson were married. Then a shuttle from the EASS Galileo landed on Coyote with a strange story.

In this novel, Jared Ramirez is a former astrobiologist. Now he is an inmate at the Dolland Centre Penal Colony. He was convicted of crimes against humanity for his role in the Savant Genocide and will be imprisoned for the rest of his life.

Ted Harker is a Commander in the European Space Agency, He is First Officer of the EASS Galileo, the first starship build by ESA. His captain -- Ian Lawrence -- is his superior only in rank.

Emily Collins is an ESA Lieutenant. She is a very good smallcraft pilot. Her command on the Galileo is the shuttle Maria Celeste.

In this story, the Director General of the ESA makes a deal with the Western Hemisphere Union to free Ramirez for a voyage on the EASS Galileo. A transit-object has been detected near Proxima Centauri and it will pass within two and a half light years of the Solar System.

Naturally, the interstellar object is extremely interesting to members of the astronautical community. A telescopic array that detected the object used the nearby radio telescope array to send a first contact message to the object and recently a reply was received.

The object -- called Spindrift -- is a round body approximately twelve hundred kilometers in diameter. It is orbited by a much smaller torus. The ring seems to be artificial.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alan Little on August 8, 2008
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I have read some of the other reviews for this book and I agree. The basic story is straight forward old fashioned Science Fiction: "Find Alien artifact,Go to investigate, Meet Omnipotent Alien race. Whom may wipe us out if we don't behave!" (OUCH!!) But I am not criticizing this plot. I love this type of story. As other reviews mention, this is a lot like Sir Clarkes'style. (We all miss him!) Some may argue that it has been overdone and maybe it has. Just about every idea imaginable in Science Fiction has been hit on by many authors. Am I saying there are no "NEW CONCEPTS" in the S.F. world?? Not at all! Some of the older ideas still make a good story. There are a lot of newer authors doing the Posthuman/Nano-tech thing. I have no problem with that. We need fresh ideas. All I am saying is that I do not think "ANY!" Science Fiction concept or idea has been totally worn out. There is always someone with a different twist on an old idea.

This is the first book I have read by Steele. There are three more books in the "Coyote" series and I am considering reading them,,but do not let that turn you off. You don't need to read the other books to enjoy this story.

Good ""OLD FASHION"" Science Fiction! Turn off the critical mind and enjoy! Nothing too thought provoking,,but a whole lot of entertainment!
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