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Allen M. Steele ä 4 review

In the year 2344 the shuttle from the long missing EASS Galileo returns to Earth carrying This book is set in the author's Coyote universe but is not mainly about the colony world of Coyote The story starts in 2288 when the starship GALILEO is launched to investigate a strange possibly alien object outside our solar system an object code named Spindrift Fifty six years later a shuttle from the GALILEO returns to Earth carrying the three surviving crew members An enjoyable read nothing too original here as a first contact story and could have been developed It's closer to a 12 than simply a

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Three crew members who appear not to have aged They report that they have made contact w This is set in Steele's Coyote universe but is not a part of the core trilogy It runs paralell to it Some of the scenes where events or characters overlap are fun to spot It is written as a straight single narrative not a series of structured episodes as are the other books It's a rather traditional first contact story well flavored with Steele's overwhelming enthusiasm for science and space exploration


About the Author: Allen M. Steele

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 placeSince then Steele has published eighteen novels and nearl



10 thoughts on “Spindrift

  1. says:

    I love novels dealing with big dumb objects or those that are not so dumb In fact I love them so much I tend to give them a bit of a free pass when it comes to other potential shortcomings you know the lesser aspects like storytelling plotting and characterization Lame jokes aside there is something about megastructures and artifacts that rings my bell It still invokes that same sense of wonder and awe that accompanied my very first forays into Science Fiction as a youth and this is not to be scoffed at since years and years of subseuent reading have dulled that edge somewhat Sad as that may soundSpindrift which apart from being the title of the novel is also the name of the item in uestion is nothing as impressive as some of the colossuses dreamt up by other authors over the last century One gets the idea the author is trying to keep things manageable However it is a fun little excursion since Spindrift is still by no means inconseuential The actual exploration takes up a comparatively small portion of the book which makes sense plot wise and that leads me to the next aspect of this “review” one which could potentially contain some minor spoilers which I’ll attempt to keep to a minimum You see Spindrift isn’t predominantly a BDO novel but it is a novel of first contact and especially some of the “politics” that may surround such a scenario As such there is nothing here from that particular point of view that I haven’t read before I should mention at this stage that a lot of this latter subject is dealt with in a rather off hand fashion and without a lot of detail which seemed like an odd approach but one that worked fairly well in this novel since the author really uses these events to set up the book’s “wind down” Concerning the Fermi Paradox for purposes of this novel the author seems to be adhering to two standard hypothetical explanations namely that civilizations may exist too far separated in space and time for their paths to actually intersect so to speak and that there is deliberate non contact the zoo hypotheses This is actually the case in this novel which is offered as an explanation as to why humans did not stumble across the “galactic club” earlier and that it is only by the biggest of coincidental series’ of events that it actually comes to pass I enjoyed the book but it is somewhat middle of the road in the sense that there are no real peaks in terms of excitement or emotion Everything is administered in metered doses It is the safe approach but one that ultimately fails to launch the book into true sensawunda overload Highlights include some moments on Spindrift itself and a megastructure that is mentioned almost in passing toward the close of the book I haven’t been following the Coyote series of which this book forms a part but it does feel a bit like a bridging story to possibly take the series from a Hard SF colonization seuence into something intergalactic with some Space Opera elements I am going to be seeking out some of the novels following this one just to see where the bigger story goes from here So pros 1 it has a big dumb object and 2 it reads very fastAnd cons 1 it has potential which it arguably fails to reach since the author’s focus is really on other aspects of the story and 2 feels like a set up novel for something bigger and greaterI will err on the side of generosity and give it 35 stars


  2. says:

    This book is set in the author's Coyote universe but is not mainly about the colony world of Coyote The story starts in 2288 when the starship GALILEO is launched to investigate a strange possibly alien object outside our solar system an object code named Spindrift Fifty six years later a shuttle from the GALILEO returns to Earth carrying the three surviving crew members An enjoyable read nothing too original here as a first contact story and could have been developed It's closer to a 12 than simply a


  3. says:

    This was August's book group selection About half the group thought it was a fun little space opera and the other half of thought well it had issues I've read the Coyote series by Steele that was published in Azimov's and didn't care for it and this just supported my opinions on the author's writing style Premise of the story is a response is received back from a suddenly discovered large object in space by the SETI team and a mission is hastily put together and sent out to investigate the source They find a large floating asteroid next to an alien stargate A small exploratory team the dissidents from the mission are sent down to investigate the asteroid while the ship examines the stargate The story from here follows the group on the asteroid as the captain of the ship succeeds in blowing the ship up The small survey team is now stranded My issues with this story were many; the main characters Ted and Emily were supposed be having a uiet ship affair but everyone knew about it Can't be uiet if everyone knows people Romance does not belong in SF Jared was a convicted criminal who helped an alien race annihilate 13 of the earths population but only served 10 years of a life sentence because they yanked him out of prison to go on this mission The protagonists of the book find a “hidden” nuclear warhead on the ship and freak out Where did it come from? Why is the captian keeping it uiet? HELLO If I’m going to meet a potentially hostile or peaceful you don’t konw but want to be prepared race I sure as heck want to have some firepower on hand But the whole premise of keeping it secret was ludicrous and then hiding it in front of the shuttle docking area was absurd And the first contact had me rolling my eyes in disbelief So overall the plot had issues and was pretty standard too standard for me I think this would be better as young adult fiction


  4. says:

    This is set in Steele's Coyote universe but is not a part of the core trilogy It runs paralell to it Some of the scenes where events or characters overlap are fun to spot It is written as a straight single narrative not a series of structured episodes as are the other books It's a rather traditional first contact story well flavored with Steele's overwhelming enthusiasm for science and space exploration


  5. says:

    Spindrift 2006 282 pages by Allen SteeleSpindrift is set in the same universe as Steele's Coyote series Earth has started exploring neighboring stars and has sent ships to Coyote and just discovered the star bridge In this book an object which they name Spindrift is discovered approximately 2 ly from Earth A message is sent to the object and a reply is received causing the ESA and UA to form a joint partnership to investigate the object A mission with nine crew and six scientists is sent to Spindrift Of the six scientists one is a shill for the ESA and one for the UA the captain is not really ualified except by nepotism The protagonists are the first officer Ted Harker shuttle pilot Emily Collins and scientist Ramirez From the prologue we know that these are the three survivors or at least the three that return to Earth When they get to spindrift they find that the object orbiting it is a star bridge Eventually the mission is divided with some investigating the bridge and Ted Emily Cruz and Ramirez taking the shuttle and investigating spindrift Spoiler alert The end of part four has our three heroes on Spindrift in a shuttle with six days of supplies two light years and receding from Earth They've had no contact with Earth since leaving Earth's star bridge just outside the solar system So they put themselves into the biostasis units on the shuttle Part five has them being woken up from stasis and the reaction I would have is Thank you for reviving me I thought I was a dead man Would there be any way I could catch a ride back to Earth space? By the way you speak really good English Instead it's You left us in stasis for 53 years? What the heck were you doing all that time? I think this is a reflection of our culture has come to expect a sense of entitlement Anyway the book was excellent he's created a universe with a set of rules and he's sticking to them The main characters are well thought out and a few two dimensional like the buffoon captain Fun read good flow If you were to pick up one Steele novel I'd recommend OceanSpace or ChronoSpace but if you're interested in a series the Coyote seriesuniverse is a good choice


  6. says:

    a nice little science fiction novel about first contact with an alien species and exploration This standalone novel does not reuire knowledge of the previous Coyote works of the author which is all to the good


  7. says:

    Enjoyable back story in the Coyote series Engaging despite the outcome being foretold in the previous books It was the journey not the ending


  8. says:

    A pedestrian SF First Contact novel that as I found out after reading it fits into an existing series of novels about Earth’s colonisation of an extra solar habitable planet It’s not that the story is badly written that pretty much everything that is going to happen is telegraphed by earlier plot pointsCharacters are straight out of central casting good guys are good and bad guys are bad or maybe just stupid and the aliens are well alien I didn’t feel any tension apart from wanting Jarred Ramirez to not be so right all the time It’s one thing to speculate and guess but hitting the bullseye 100% of the time is annoying Nobody is that goodSo where did it go wrong? Well this is the story of the loss of an exploration ship Galileo and the mysterious return of three of its surviving crew forty plus years after their disappearance We know the Galileo vanishes and Steele labours one particular plot point surrounding an addition to the cargo that tells us bluntly where the storyline will go He throws in a Captain who is the cut out bad guy from every novel written vain arrogant stupid and scared Guess what he does when he meets the aliens? Think ‘we come in peace shoot to kill’ and you won’t be far wrongA book that's not really worth spending the time reading


  9. says:

    “Spindrift” by Allen Steele Ace 2007 This is a carry on of Steele’s “Coyote” trilogy of which I have read only one Not important Plot There are several world powers and a human colony on the huge moon Coyote Scientists discover what seems to be an artificial object about 25 light years away They name it Spindrift A starship EASS Galileo is built to see what it is There is intrigue among the crew which include Jared Ramirez a loathed criminal who once attempted genocide among humans; pilot Emily Collins who is carrying on a barely concealed affair with Ted Harker ship’s first lieutenant who is far competent than Ian Lawrence the captain who got his position through nepotism So rivalry and mystery during the journey at the end of which they discover aliens Who have been watching humans But Lawrence the idiot attacks the alien vessel which destroys Galileo and maroons Ramirez Collins and Harker who are rescued by the aliens etc Formulaic not terribly interesting


  10. says:

    I didn’t really care for this at allHOWEVERThis is the first Alan Steele book that I have ever read and I got the feeling that I really shouldn’t have started with this one So that may very well have a lot to do with the fact that I didn’t like this oneBut still even discounting that there was a lot that I didn’t like The characters felt very flat No emotional involvement at all On top of that Steele set some very interesting plot points up that really just sort of were abandonedSome spoilersWhat was up with the Captain and the political officer? It sure seemed like there was a real conspiracy there Was it really just that they armed the ship? And then that was it? They stick a nuke on the ship meet some aliens fire the nuke and get destroyed? That’s it? Pretty lame come uppance And then the aliens are seriously just “oh our bad” and the humans are all “nah bro our bad too” And then let’s all go back and introduce humanity to alien civilization?


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