Suzette Wilkins Elgin
||1969 - 1986
ABOUT THE SERIES
Coyote Jones is an agent with the TIS.
That is my acronym for the Tri-Galactic Intelligence Service, a combination of intelligence gathering and policing under the auspices of the governing authorities of the Federation. The activities take place around a thousand years in the future and humanity is wide-spread.
One of the many operatives that the TIS has to call on for missions is the "red-bearded, hot-tempered" folk musician and singer Jones, a man who would much rather be making his music that going on the assignments that he is given but one pays the bills better than the other. And he would be far happier spending time with lovely ladies than either of the other occupations but that, enjoyable as it is, pays him nothing.
A qualification that makes Jones particularly suited for his clandestine operations has to do with a 'technology' that makes civilization, and especially government, functionable with the vast distances of space involved and the extremely long periods of time that "normal" communication would take. To overcome this tremendous problem are the 'Communipaths'.
It was discovered several hundred years before that there were scads of people throughout the galaxies who were telepathic and that telepathic communication was near instantaneous regardless of the distances between the sender and the receiver. For the extremely long distances, the more powerful telepaths were needed and it was those were pressed into the Communipath service. Those with the 'gifts' were identified almost at birth and then forcibly taken from their parents to be raised by the government where they were exercised to hone their skills as well as conditioned into wanting to be of service.
Now the government did have the decency to allow these Communipaths to live like royalty in wonderous luxury but that was likely because it was known that those with the extra powerful abilities tended to die a very young age.
Back to Coyote Jones and his calling as a covert operative, it would be safe to say that it was difficult if not nearly impossible to be a clandestine agent in a civilization where so very many people had at least some telepathic abilities and a good number were exceptional at it. Jones has a different sort of gift. While he, too, is a powerful telepathic 'sender', he cannot 'receive' so his thoughts are his own. This is vital for keeping secrets, like his real missions. It also seems to help a lot in the seduction field as well.
NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES
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For The Sake Of Grace
Written by Suzette Wilkins Elgin
Published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May 1969.
The first published work of the author, this tale of patriarchal dystopia has women considered far inferior to the dominating males and those who resist find their lives spent heavily medicated.
Note: While Coyote Jones is not involved in this tale, it would later be repackaged as the prologue to the third adventure, .
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