Coyote by Allen Steele

The book "Coyote" by Allen Steele is not something I would recommend for others.

At 430 pages (paperback), it is too large for the singular mission it describes.

Synopsis: A militaristic political regime of what used to be USA builds a starship. The starship is overtaken by people who do not agree with the politics in place. After the interstellar travel, overtakers arrive at a planet an make a colony there.

The sci-fi portion and interstellar travel is less than a third of the book, with the rest being just a literary description of new colony's hardship in surviving on the planet. Although the author is good at this, this is not a hard sci-fi book that I am after.


Coyote by Allen Steele is so-so sci-fi, and not at all "hard sci-fi". One part of the book is life inside a starship that has been taken over by people who were not supposed to inhabit it. The second part is life on the new world for those people.

For hard sci-fi fans there isn't anything novel or interesting, and the book is too lengthy in details.

There is better sci-fi available.

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