Hex by Allen Steele

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It also underpins the notion of American exceptionalism used to justify unilaterally interfering in the affairs of other sovereign states. This is hardly the right law for a civilised country and certainly not the right approach in a technologically sophisticated galaxy. So unless you feel like having a slow-motion lobotomy, give Hex a miss.
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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...
 

About Allen Steele

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Allen Steele was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and received his B.A. in Communications from New England College and a Master's Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri. He lives with his wife, Linda, in Whately, Massachusetts.
 
Published June 7, 2011 by Ace. 353 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by David Marshall on Apr 24 2012

It also underpins the notion of American exceptionalism used to justify unilaterally interfering in the affairs of other sovereign states. This is hardly the right law for a civilised country and certainly not the right approach in a technologically sophisticated galaxy. So unless you feel like having a slow-motion lobotomy, give Hex a miss.

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