"Coyote" Allen Steele

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Coyote is an epic novel of space travel and migration to the stars toldin three parts.

In part one, the government has twisted and grown more powerful.Radicals or Dissident Intellectuals (DI's) are closely monitored andoften sent to rehabilitation camps with the families. DI's are no longerallowed to participate in scientific research or space exploration.

The government hatches a plan to send a space ship on a one way journeyto colonize a distant planet. The goal is to prove the might of thegovernment. The excessive cost of the project throws the country intodire financial trouble.

At the last minute and with much slight-of-hand, a group of DI's replacethe majority of the ships crew and compliment with their own people. Andthe journey begins.

In part two, the entire ships crew is in hibernation sleep. The shipscomputer has complete control of operations and will revive the crewupon arrival at their destination 230 years after departure.

But three months into the journey a crew member is inadvertently broughtout of hibernation sleep. Leslie Gillis the ships navigation officer isawake on the ship by mistake only three months into the journey. Theships computer has specific orders and can not put Mr. Gillis back intohibernation sleep. So he learns how to live on his own. Fortunately theship is stocked with food and water for when the colonists reach theirdestination.

Mr. Gillis eventually learns to cope with the loss and the loneliness.On two separate occasions, he is startled by what looks like anothership out in the star field. He desperately tries to make contact, but isunable to. To pass the time, he starts a journal which quickly turnsinto a novel.

In part three, the ship arrives at its destination and the crew isbrought out of hibernation sleep. The fact that Mr. Gillis was broughtout early is discovered as well as his paintings and writing. He alsoleft a message for the captain about a traitor.

The colonists are relieved to find that the planet they are heading to,called Coyote, will support human life. The 230 year gamble based onscientific observation has paid off.

A colony is setup on the planet and they begin their life adapting tothe new surroundings.

This is a well written story with engaging and believable characters. Ihighly recommend this book.

"8.4" by Peter Hernon

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