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(Coyote Universe #8)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  498 ratings  ·  45 reviews
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, compose
Hardcover, 331 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Ace Books (first published May 14th 2011)
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Glen Robinson
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I mainly bought this book because I am a great fan of Allen Steele's Coyote series. Hex is an extension of that universe, based on the premise that in 2070, a group of political dissidents steal a spacecraft and travel to a new planet to start their own colony. They name the planet Coyote, and a series of events happen beyond the initial settlement. What makes the series interesting for me is that most of the stories are a combination of short stories that, put together, provide a larger story a ...more
Francis Gahren
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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The book is a continuation of the Coyote novels and is the 8th in the series. The series was in need of fresh blood and fresh ideas. Hex provides both in ample quantities. It is a story of exploration and discovery. A ship's captain must take her crew and passengers in the form of an exploration team to discover what an alien race is offering the inhabitants of Coyote. They are expecting a planet suitable for colonization and find a Dysonian sphere. The story continues as one of dis
Jun 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Liked the kindle sample and the Scalzi 'Big Idea' article about the Dyson sphere. Giving it a shot. Seems more sciencey than Leviathan Wakes. I think the protagonist is a female ship captain. (Actually it looks like there's a lot of characters.) This is my first Coyote book. I hope I'm not spoiling the series for myself.

10% Really liking the author and the female narrator too.

25% Maybe I should turn this off and sleep. He made a mistake though, and gave volume in miles instead of cubic miles.

MB (What she read)
Jun 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Coyote series fans
A quick read.

I really like the idea of Hex itself. It is a very cool premise and should give plenty of opportunity to take this series onward and upward. My favorite part of Steele's Coyote series has always been the exploration with xenoflora and fauna, so Hex is great for potentially more of that.

I will say that the characterization in this novel bothered me. All of the characters were either candidates for Darwin awards or paper-thin. (Ooops, there was one that was cardboard thin, I guess.)
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
A book written in the Coyote universe that has almost nothing to make due with it. OK, it has the same type aliens but beyond that it could be any Earth colony. Not as good as the other books in the series since the characters are very weak and the plot is very shallow. Each chapter's problem are solved miraculously but they also seem to start a new incident without reason. It did have fairly good Space Opera. I'll miss the Coyote series. ...more
Sep 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Habitable Hexagon Hosts Humanity, Hijinks Ensue.
3.5 A sort of a coda in the Coyote universe which manages to simultaneously tie things up humanity- and big-picture-wise, while thoroughly demonstrating just how bad we are at... well, pretty much anything involving judgement. A worthy revisit with a compelling arc, but oh so much stupid in the details.
Christopher Heckman
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a quick re-read, after I found it while sorting out my books. (I had read it years ago, before I read the Coyote series, so I missed a few things then.)
Jul 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Review of Hex (See below for review of the Coyote Series)
A great sci-fi story using an oft-repeated sci-fi plot element in a new way. I've read other stories with this particular element, and it's good to see it hashed out in a new way rather than simply repeated. Steele also pays homage to the great thinkers and fiction writers who first envisioned it. (view spoiler)
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Allen Steele's Coyote series has been a long-running favorite of mine. Lately, Steele has been expanding the Coyote universe in ways that are both different and intriguing. His latest entry is Hex , and takes place mostly away from Coyote entirely.

The synopsis for Hex:

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
Jul 19, 2013 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the idea of Hex. I was enthralled by the Dyson Sphere and wish I could read (or listen) to many more stories about this fascinating place, that even in my mind’s eye, was breathtaking. It was so colorfully detailed that I was able to see Hex as I read. I love that. I plan on reading the other books in the Coyote Series if only because I loved that type of imagery. This story was pretty good as well. I would have given it 4 stars because after "reading" it I felt not a second was wasted ...more
Zeke Chase
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Rating: 7 / 10

Allen Steele is the author that got me into reading for fun. Before him, I only read for school assignments. I've been following the entire Coyote series since the beginning, and HEX fits in perfectly. Generally, the series goes as such: five central novels, which include the trilogy and the chronicles, and a number of spin-offs that don't deal with Coyote directly. The worst of the series was Spindrift, and this novel kind of repeats parts of that, in particular, Cayce's paranoia
Lis Carey
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I listened to the unabridged audio edition; however, Amazon will not allow me to link to that, so I've linked to the paperback edition.

Andromeda Carson, captain of the Coyote merchant ship Montoya, is getting bored with standard commercial runs where, due to the fact that humans aren't yet fully accepted or trusted in the Talis, she and the crew rarely even get to disembark, much less explore. She's beginning to reluctantly contemplate retirement when her boss, Ted Harker, approaches her with an
Mar 30, 2013 rated it liked it
I have read all of Allen's Coyote series and overall have been very pleased with them. I met Allen at an Orlando con some years back and that is what started me reading him. That is the way I've started reading a number of authors. I found this book fairly good and would actually have tweaked my rating to a 3.5 rather than a 3 if that were possible. The things I did like were the huge Hex globe, the ideas he came up with for how it was constructed and how the habitats were integrated. I've known ...more
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I like the Coyote series so I have to give Hex a mention. This is Space Opera with Coyote characters. It is not set on Coyote and is a side story to that universe.

The danui offer information about planet suitable for human life located in their star system. Coyote sends a ship to check it out. For conflict we have the Captain and her estranged son both on the ship. For further conflict once they get to the system them find on planet but a massive sphere orbiting the system. No one
Apr 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Another solid book set in the Coyote universe! And this one opens up a whole new world of possibilities. I can't wait for more novels based on Hex.

The story was just as strong as all the other novels I've ready by Allen Steele. This was more of a straight-forward adventure and discovery novel and didn't really delve into many of the philosophical territory that Coyote Horizons and Coyote Destiny covered, but that was just fine with me. I felt at times those two novels got a little preachy. This
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book but was also conflicted because this is the last book in Allen Steele's Coyote universe. I hated to come to the end of this great series, although Hex is not really in the series, it is a spinoff. Takes place at the end of the last Coyote book and is about the crew of the Montoya and exploration of Hex. Its a great book that kept me interested from start to finish. Hex is an artificial planet built by an alien race that we barely know. Its massive size is beyond unders ...more
Jun 09, 2011 added it
Having not read any prior books in the Coyote universe I was initially lost at the lack of introduction for many of the races. However, Steele managed to correct that slowly throughout the novel, referencing plot points from his prior novels as filler between action or discovery sequences. The descriptions of Hex itself are what really capture the imagination. Illustrations were included near the start of the book to assist readers that had trouble picturing the creation.

Overall an enjoyable, bu
Dec 28, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: scifi
Really wanted to like this book - the promise of another BIG idea - like Niven's Ringworld was tempting but Steele's characters were just....wrong. Unprofessional, petty, -come on, getting mad and putting on an attitude with creatures god like enough to create Hex? Really? Also some of the backstory seemed - 5000 yrs to build Hex? world's stupidest transit system UI, off limits areas with no safety features - the little details that were grating just kept coming. Even the ending was sort ...more
Jun 15, 2012 rated it liked it

Hex is a good, entertaining read, the latest in the Coyote series of books that Allen has been writing. I enjoyed the central SF premise, that an old race, the danui, have created a Dyson Sphere in their system as a result of past calamity that sent a Jupiter-class gas giant spiralling into their star. This particular Dyson sphere is built out of hexagons, hence the name "Hex," for the place. However, I found the characterization somewhat on the weak side, with the conflict betweeen Andromeda, t
Nov 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
The cover blurb compares Allen Steele's work with Robert Heinlein. An apt comparison as I felt on more than one occasion that I was reading a Heinlein book from my high school library. Many times, as well, I was reminded of Alan Dean Foster.

Hex is a continuation of Steele's Coyote series and the first of the series that I have read. The book is a good read but I doubt that I will go back to the Coyote novels. In the end I just felt the book to be too corny and the characters too obvious and pred
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really liked Allen Steele's latest book, but he could have made the problem a little more severe. I cant wait for the sequel to this. This is really good because Coyote has finally evolved, earth is coming back, and there is nothing much less to write about. BUT, Allen steele always finds something, and if anything I would like to know more of is the alien races. And I guess Allen Steele knows that two, because with Hex, he can now write more adventures and talk more about other races in the g ...more
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible
The book is a continuation of the Coyote novels and is the 8th in the series. The main quality for Hex is the technology being explored in the narrative. That the Coyote leadership allows/chooses a bored and nearing retirement starship captain and a corporate vice president to represent a whole planet in it's first contact with another race is a lunacy developed by the author and to his credit. The sense of entitlement, selfishness, rudeness shown by the humans as they stumbled through the story ...more
Jul 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
HEX is set in Steele's Coyote universe, and is another terrific hard-science novel. In fact, the titular Hex tends to dominate the story to the point that the actual characters and plot take a back seat to the setting, though there are observations on the nature of mother-son relationships which are quite well drawn. It's difficult not to compare this one to Niven's Ringworld or some of the other Dyson-influenced mega-engineering hard-sf concepts, but I think Hex more than holds its own against ...more
Stephanie Manson
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-sf
A good story with a few characters from the Coyote series. The idea of the Dyson sphere - while certainly not a new idea in SF - did manage to add an air of awe & mystery to this novel. I found one character in particular to be an unbearable jerk, least until the last 5 pgs or so. Every time I read a section where he's being an insufferable little brat, I'd get an urge to shake him a little. I'm one who usually loves to read the "bad guy" viewpoints, but this character is just a regu ...more
Sep 07, 2012 rated it liked it
I have read all of the "Coyote Universe" novels, and I am beginning to think that Steele peaked about halfway through the series. Some of the ideas were interesting, but the characters were very unimpressive. I never really felt for any of them. I also had a hard time accepting many of the situations that were contrived to create tension, in particular the level of bad decisions and easy panic among the human characters. ...more
Kelly Wagner
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Not the most exciting of the series, and a little repetitive - but I do like that Steele has been able to continue this series without it turning into endless battles and battle strategy planning sessions, the way many series go. BTW, if you have never read Jack Chalker's Well World series, you might want to hunt up cheap used copies. They're not great writing, but there are lots of ideas - and then when you read this, you'll see how Hex resembles Well World. ...more
David Marshall
Apr 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
Not only is this a book about humans doing immensely stupid things in the presence of aliens who could just eradicate the whole species without a second thought, it also seems to be peddling a fundamentally inappropriate approach to the public policy issue of how best to avoid or resolve of conflict situations.
May 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Humankind is invited by super-aliens to take up residence in a couple-three thousand mile long modules in a humongous dyson sphere surrounding another star. Readers of Larry Niven's RINGWORLD will feel pretty at home--but Steele has dumbed down the plot, the characters and especially the dialog to "Star Trek" level. ...more
Tiffany Robbins
Jan 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: basement
I found his world building in this one to be above and beyond any of his other works, but I found the character choices lacking believability. I really hate to chastise on of my top five favorite authors of all time, but this one read like a soap opera at best. To sum it up: a fun premise, but a miss. I’m truly sorry for my honesty Mr. Steele. I still adore you.
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Before becoming a science fiction writer, Allen Steele was a journalist for newspapers and magazines in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Missouri, and his home state of Tennessee. But science fiction was his first love, so he eventually ditched journalism and began producing that which had made him decide to become a writer in the first place.

Since then, Steele has published eighteen novels and nearl

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Coyote Universe (8 books)
  • Coyote (Coyote Trilogy, #1)
  • Coyote Rising (Coyote Trilogy, #2)
  • Coyote Frontier (Coyote Trilogy, #3)
  • Spindrift (Coyote Universe, #4)
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