A lot of misunderstandings can occur when first contact is made after a fashion with a very reclusive race: trade negotiations are initiated and the Coyote Federation is offered information in return. The problem is that the information is in the form of coordinates for a world that is suitable for human habitation.
What the reconnaissance mission finds out when they reach the coordinates, the mission's members find that the "world" is part of a massive sphere that is composed entirely of hexagonal habitats.
Hex appealed to me on a couple different levels.
One, I always like well-written, plausible science fiction and Hex is that, in my opinion.
Two, I like the world that the Danui engineered. They built it, it supports many different types of races/peoples and their intrinsic habitats and needs, and there is also room for everyone to expand.
Finally, I like the rules: play nice, "call before coming over", respect each other, break the rules and there are no second chances.
I look forward to reading more within the Coyote universe.
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, composed of billions of hexagons.
But when the Federation's recon mission goes terribly wrong, the humans realize how little they know about their new partners...