Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Spindrift - Allen M. Steele

Compared to the rest of the Coyote series that I have read, this book is rather on the bland side.

A competent enough story of a first contact situation, and yet again the screwups made by the old Earth politicians and their divisions, as they sneak an unpleasant surprise onto the starship sent out to investigate the receipt of a signal for intelligent aliens.

The crew includes a convicted mass-murderer, who helped posthumans kill many humans in an experiment, because he is the planet's leading exobiologist. Haven't read Coyote Frontier, not sure if this story is in there, or not.

When a ship includes a politial officer as well, though, things are just about guaranteed to go fubar.

I'd call this one just a 3.25 I think, because I like the Coyote thing.

3.5 out of 5

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