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Sky coyote : a novel of the company
Baker, Kage.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Harcourt Brace, [1999]

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310 pages ; 22 cm
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.7 14.0 51784.
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Can a rich Native american culture be saved from the destruction of white settlement? In the second installment of Kage Baker's heralded Company series, cyborgs interact, often humorously, with a pre-Columbian Chumash village. "An action-packed but thoughtful read" (Dallas Morning News).

Author Notes

Kage Baker was born in Hollywood, California on June 10, 1952. Her first novel, In the Garden of Iden, was published in 1997. She was a science fiction and fantasy writer, who was best known for The Company series. Her other works included Mendoza in Hollywood (2000), House of the Stag (2009), and the short story Caverns of Mystery (2009). The Empress of Mars (2003) won the Theodore Sturgeon Award. She died from uterine cancer on January 31, 2010.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The Company--the secretive and powerful twenty-fourth-century corporation that harvests the past for precious artifacts, rare plants and animals, even humans--is back. The children it rescues become cybernetically enhanced immortals who blend seamlessly into their environment, whether Renaissance England (In the Garden of Iden, 1997) or Pre-Columbian California. This time the central character is Joseph, the seasoned veteran who was born a Cro-Magnon child and now heads up the most important Company projects. His last adventure resulted in heartbreaking tragedy for the naive recruit Mendoza, but this time there is less romance and more comedy as Joseph impersonates Coyote to a shrewd California Indian tribe. --Roberta Johnson

Publisher's Weekly Review

Cunningly blending a pre-Columbian past with a 24th century extrapolated from every adult's nightmare about the younger generation, Baker's second installment in her Company series proves a witty match to In the Garden of Iden. Fresh from a cushy R&R after a supervisory stint in the Inquisition, time-hopping cyborg Facilitator Joseph jaunts to 16th-century Alta California. There, cybernetically outfitted with fur and paws, he apotheosizes to the cannily entrepreneurial Chumash Indian tribe so he can collect them and their entire biosystem for Company studies in the remote future. Joseph's Company is Baker's deliciously wicked platform for satirizing past, present and all-too-likely future human frailties. From sure-handed sendups of 24th-century Cinema Standard speech patterns and a dismayingly suggestive portrait of the Chumash Medical AssociationÄstaring eyes, knotted hair and an air of too frequent consumption of alkaloidsÄto the Company's sacred Greater Mission Statement, Baker nails her 20th-century targets: societal, religious and oh-so-personal hypocrisy. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

The immortal cyborgs of Dr. Zeus's Company dedicate themselves to the preservation and relocation of lost Earth civilizations. When cyborg facilitator Joseph accepts the assignment to convince the Chumash Indians of pre-Columbian California to leave their homes for the stars‘and thus escape conquest by the Spanish‘he encounters unexpected problems. Baker's humorous and inventive sequel to In the Garden of Iden (LJ 11/15/97) blends accurate historical research and arch comedy to produce an entertaining tale of time travel and mythic adventure. A good choice for most sf collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 10/1/98.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.