Friday, June 15, 2012
Hex by Allen Steele
In the story, humanity receives an invitation to visit the home system of the danui, a reclusive alien species. The crew sent to make contact discover a Dyson sphere around the star of the system. This sphere is different than the the usual spheres depicted in fiction; it's comprised of billions of hexagons, each one an individual biosphere capable of supporting a specific kind of life (or life from a specific planet). The crew begins exploring a couple of these hexes, and after a series of mistakes, finally makes contact with their hosts. Will the danui let them stay after making all these mistakes? Will the danui let them live?
I didn't know what to expect going in to Hex. I haven't read any of the Coyote series before, and this is supposedly the last in the series.That's a shame. Hex is a great novel that takes on the big dumb object idea with a modern sense of exploration, fear, and humanity’s bull-headedness.
It’s got a great writing style, interesting characters, and a cool milieu. I should go back and read the rest of the Coyote Coyote series, and I'll definitely look up more by Allen Steele.