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...
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.
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Most Amazing Novel!
One of Steele's best (which is saying quite a bit, as he's one of, if not The, best contemporary author of SF right now). Like other great 'alien artifact' novels, (think Ringworld, Wizard, Clarke's Rama novels...) the star of the show here is 'HEX', an artifact that is Gobsmacking in proportions, ...but I don't want to 'spoiler' this for you... (Think Freeman Dyson on steroids!)
What sets Steele apart are his memorable characters, his joyous bouncing prose, his great grasp of life's ironies, and as ever, his sense of humor.
One of the Best, by The Best. You'll not be disappointed. 5 Stars, easy.
The 9th in Coyote Series. Wonderful great read lots of fun.
Hope there will be more, but if not I will be going back to Coyote and read them again. WmcdonaldIII