The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad by Minister Faust

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Sherem is brilliant. She’s travelled the world. She speaks a dozen ancient and modern languages, including Fan-Girl. And she can use—or improvise—a hundred weapons from around the globe or of her own design. Quite the list of accomplishments for a 25 year old.

Or is that 2500?

When best friend/roomies Hamza and Yehat, two Gen-X brainiacs too smart for their own good, meet Sherem during the heat of summer, they take one look at her and expect sparks to fly.

They just don’t expect them to come from the edges of blades.

Minister Faust’s first foray into astonishing adventure, pop culture craziness and Africentric awe, The Coyote Kings, Book One: Space-Age Bachelor Pad is already a cult classic that had readers, critics and even Hollywood fluttering with excitement.

Praise for
The Coyote Kings, Book One:
Space-Age Bachelor Pad


The Philip K. Dick Award (2004)
The Locus Best First Novel Award (2004)
The Compton-Crook Award (2004)


January Magazine, fiction
Barnes & Noble, SF&F, SF&F
SF Site, SF&F, Editor’s Choice


BOOKLIST [Starred Review]: “Interwoven narratives and fascinating characters with strong voices…make for a fantastic contemporary adventure.”

NALO HOPKINSON, author of Midnight Robber: “Off the freakin hook. Funky… with heart, style, humour, and attitude to spare.”

TANANARIVE DUE, author of The Living Blood: “Incredibly imaginative and bulging with pop culture and political references, this is a trip unlike anything you’ve ever read. Endlessly entertaining.”

ROBERT J. SAWYER, Hugo and Nebula Award winner: “A stylistic tour de force. The characters are unforgettable, the slang infectious, and the whole thing is just incredibly charming.”

RICHARD MORGAN, author of Market Forces: “Outstanding, like nothing I’ve ever read in the genre . . . in fact Minister Faust has pretty much invented his own genre. Full of surprises, caring and heartfelt. I’m kind of envious of what he’s done here. Really edgy unpleasantness . . . up there with the best of them.”

ERNEST DICKERSON, director, Juice, Demon Knight, Never Die Alone, The Wire: “Minister Faust is Samuel Delaney, Harlan Ellison and Ishmael Reed all rolled into one. His writing is biting, insightful and hugely entertaining.”

CHARLES SAUNDERS, author of Imaro: “A few pages in, I was hooked – not only by the quality of the prose, but also by its sheer audacity.... In the Minister’s hands, Edmonton becomes as lively and lethal as New York and Los Angeles put together.... A brilliant first novel..... Minister Faust... is shaping up to become a one-man New Wave in the SF genre.”

THE NEW YORK TIMES: “A jumpy, hold-nothing-back style…. Faust anatomizes [the Edmonton setting] with the same loving care Joyce brought to early-20th-century Dublin…. fresh and stylish entertainment.”

KIRKUS REVIEWS and THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: “Like Kevin Smith as if he’d grown up in an African immigrant neighbourhood-just as comic- and pop culture-obsessed but with a dose of righteous ethnic minority fury.”

ASIMOV MAGAZINE: “Defies all expectations.… A very interesting new voice, bringing perspectives well outside the usual assumptions of genre SF to his work. Faust is obviously someone to watch.”

THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE: “As if Faust channelled Mark Twain to write a Neal Stephenson novel.... Explodes off the page as an intelligent, fun-filled pop-culture adventure.”

THE OTTAWA CITIZEN; NATIONAL POST; CANWEST NEWS SERVICES: “The most exciting Canadian debut in decades.”

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: “The dense writing, the ponderings on the nature of reality and a complex plot that all comes together at the end… will remind some readers of Neal Stephenson [and] represents a sharp-edged new voice in the genre.”

SCI-FI DIMENSIONS: “If Spike Lee, Quentin Tarantino, William S. Burroughs and H.P. Lovecraft were to collaborate on a novel, the result might be The Coyote Kings. Pick up a copy. You’ll be glad you did."

About Minister Faust

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Published June 14, 2011 by Narmer's Palette. 400 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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On the side of all that is good and a watcher of Star Trek is the gorgeous and comic-book-reading Sherem, who steals Hamza’s heart before getting him and Yehat involved in the struggle for this artifact, one that will require all the knowledge they’ve accrued in a lifetime of geek fandom.

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Publishers Weekly

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Hamza and Yehat, slackers, roommates and soul brothers (aka the Coyote Kings), work respectively as a dishwasher and a video-store clerk, but Hamza also writes poetry and Ye invents things.

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SF Signal

From page one, I was instantly enjoying the writing in the same way I enjoy Sturgeon’s writing.

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Austin Chronicle

Afro-Canadian political activist, poet, and playwright Minister Faust's first novel, The Coyote Kings of the Space Age Bachelor Pad, begins at the end.

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