Sky Coyote by Kage Baker
Yes, I am writing you a letter. You know that I only write letters to really special authors, right? I wrote one to Elizabeth Strout after she blew me away with Olive Kitteridge and I wrote one to Sarah Waters after she frustrated me and wowed me with The Little Stranger. I’m really sorry I didn’t get a chance to write you this letter before, I think I would have actually sent it to you. I had to let you know though, I’m in love with your Company novels.
For folks who don’t know, the Company novels are science fiction books about a group of immortals (cyborgs who were once human and trained by the Company since they were young) who are employed by the Company Dr. Zeus to live through history in real time and save historical items. Don’t worry, you can’t change the past. Well, at least you can’t change recorded history. Dr. Zeus is somewhat dubious, but for the most, their employees are genuinely trying to do good things, while hiding the reality of what they are. In Sky Coyote, Joseph is a facilitator who is on a mission to save the Chumash, a Native American tribe in what will be Southern California.
I read In the Garden of Iden and I liked it, but I didn’t love it. What I did love was what it promised me — a series that has an awesome premise and plenty of time to grow into something amazing. You didn’t let me down, Kage. I loved Sky Coyote. It was charming and mysterious and funny. It has a hugely diverse cast of characters and breaks every possible stereotype that you could possibly think of. It’s inventive and an absolute joy to read.
Like this quote. It made me laugh out loud:
“Hey, Sky Coyote, You should have been here this morning! We had quite a shaker!”
“Hell of a quake,” agreed Nutku, beating his best bearskin robe until the dust flew. [...]
“I know. Khutash is very angry. She found out about Sun’s white men last night,” I told them. They looked surprised.
“Khutash is angry? Is that what makes earthquakes?” Sepawit blinked. “Well, I guess You’d know, but we always thought it was a natural phenomenon.”
“What?” Oh, boy, I wasn’t at my quick-witted best today.
“We always thought it was the World Snakes down there under the crust of the earth, the ones who hold everything up? We thought they got tired every now and then and bump into one another,” Nutku explained. “The astrologer-priest says they push the mountains up a little higher every year.”
“Oh,” I said. (229)
So thank you, Kage Baker. For having such an original idea, for writing so many books for me to read. Thank you for making science fiction approachable for all readers, but incorporating historical and literary elements to make any literature junkie like myself smile. I cannot wait to read all of these books and I will be devastated when I have read them all. I wanted to let you know all of this, even if it’s too late for me to actually tell you. You will be greatly missed, but your voice lives on, in all its delightful humor and wit, all its tenderness.