Omschrijving Zandwormen van duin
Aan het einde van Duin: Kapittel, Frank Herberts
laatste Duin-roman, ontsnapte Duncan
Idaho met een aantal medestanders naar
de onbekende gebieden van de ruimte.
Zij vluchtten voor de monsterlijke Achtenswaardige
Maters, de slechte tegenhangers
van de Eerwaarde Moeders, die zelf weer
op de vlucht waren voor een mysterieuze
en angstaanjagende Vijand. Na meer dan
vijfentwintig jaar wordt nu eindelijk het com-
plete verhaal van Duin verteld, zoals Frank
Herbert het zelf voor ogen had.
Klassieke avontuurlijke sciencefiction gecombineerd
met ecologische en technologische
thema's geven een indringende
blik op de toekomst van de mens. Gezien
het voortdurende succes van de reeks is de
boodschap van Herbert door de jaren heen
aangrijpend en actueel gebleven.
Twintig jaar lang hebben de lezers van de kronieken van Duin op een vervolg moeten wachten, als gevolg van het overlijden van de schrijver. Met deze uitgave wordt hun geduld beloond. Diens zoon heeft, in samenwerking met Kevin J. Anderson, een spannend en verrassend vervolg geschreven in de geest van zijn vader. Ergens in het heelal is een min of meer menselijke beschaving aan het proberen om uitroeiing door een mechanische levensvorm te voorkomen. Door de voortdurende actiewisselingen en omdat het voortborduurt op eerder werk, is het lastig om in het verhaal te raken/blijven. De ontknoping is bevredigend, maar het verdient aanbeveling om zeker (ooit) de eerdere delen gelezen te hebben. Kleine druk.
Hij was een magere bastaardhond die uitgehongerd door de straten zwierf. Die bovendien op zoek was naar iets waarvan hij zelf niet wist wat het was. Vage herinneringen drijven hem voort, totdat tot zijn bewustzijn doordringt dat hij in een vorig leven een mens geweest moet zijn.
Een avontuurlijke reis door velden en wouden, smerige achterbuurten en lieflijke dorpen brengt Mazzel naar zijn doel: het huis waar hij ooit geleefd heeft... als mens. Als een echtgenoot en vader die plotseling omkwam. Door moordenaarshanden?
Gemuteerde insecten maken deel uit van een gemeenschappelijke intelligentie!
Een intelligentie in een samenleving waar men ten zeerste op elkaar is aangewezen en waarvan alle soortgenoten deel uitmaken.
Met HET GROENE BREIN volgt Frank Herbert de traditie van H.G. Wells in zijn belangstelling voor de "beschutte korfgemeenschap” in boeken als "Het rijk van de mieren" en "De eerste mensen op de maan".
De insectengemeenschap, met zijn vele aantrekkelijke aspecten, blijkt tevens een grote bedreiging te vormen. Het uit vele vormen geëvolueerde ”totaal-insect”, door de mensheid nog steeds krampachtig bestreden met insecticiden, ziet zich voor een dilemma gesteld: Redden wij de mensheid wel of niet van een ecologische ramp?
De mensheid kan slechts hopen...
In Santaroga sluit de bevolking zich tegen alle invloeden van de buitenwereld af. Hoewel handelsreizigers en toeristen de toegang tot de stad niet wordt geweigerd, wordt hen wel op niet mis te verstane wijze meegedeeld dat ze niet welkom zijn en zo snel mogelijk dienen te verdwijnen. Santaroga heeft een geheim en daarin blijkt de Jaspers co-op een belangrijke rol te spelen. Gilbert Dasein wordt door zijn opdrachtgevers naar Santaroga gestuurd om dat geheim te ontsluieren. Hij heeft de opdracht daartoe vooral om persoonlijke redenen geaccepteerd, omdat hij hoopt zijn vroegere verloofde Jenny, die hij op de universiteit; had leren kennen en die inwoonster is van Santaroga, terug te zien. Dasein slaagt er na veel moeite in te ontdekken wat de inwoners van het stad zo geheimzinnig aan elkaar bindt, doch zal die ontdekking nooit meer willen - en kunnen - rapporteren aan 5ijn opdrachtgevers . . .
Hamal, een planeet aan de grenzen van een afgelegen sterrenstelsel, wordt sinds jaar en dag geplaagd door verwoestende oorlogen en vermoeiende conflicten. Naar deze beklemmende wereld komt Lewis Orne, interplanetair agent, afgestudeerd aan de beroemde Vredesschool op Marak en begiftigd met een opmerkelijk talent. Zijn opdracht: het signaleren van gebeurtenissen die aanleiding kunnen zijn tot verdere ongeregeldheden. Een opdracht van niets, zo lijkt het. Toch drukt hij tien Hamal-weken later op de paniekknop van de communicator in zijn zak, bedoeld om zijn meerderen te waarschuwen. Voor hij het weet; zijn de gebeurtenissen hem boven het hoofd gegroeid en is hij verwikkeld geraakt in de machinaties van de interplanetaire geheime dienst ...
Het einde van de zomer nadert. Epping Forest, een uitgestrekt natuurgebied niet ver van London, is mooier dan ooit. De natuur bereidt zich voor op de winter. Vrede en rust beheersen het woud. Totdat Jenny Hanmer, een jonge lerares, vreemde dieren bij een vijver in het bos ziet. Grote, zwarte, angstwekkende dieren met spitse snuiten en roze oren, grote snijtanden en een lange staart.
James Herbert schreef een ijzingwekkende thriller over een ras van ratten dat groter, sterker, intelligenter en vooral wreder is dan al zijn voorouders en zich uitsluitend voedt met mensenvlees.
Sent to the planet Dosadi to investigate the vicious, fearsome human and Gowachin societies there, prior to their destruction, Jorj X. McKie is captured by a ruthless woman whose plan to escape Dosadi involves her changing bodies with McKie
Bienvenidos a Londres, 1948, la ciudad en la que los vivos envidian a los muertos.La segunda guerra mundial ha terminado, los Aliados han sido derrotados y la única vencedora de la contienda es la Muerte Sanguínea, una espantosa plaga creada en los laboratorios secretos de Hitler que provoca la paralización de la sangre en las arterias. La ciudad está en ruinas. Por sus calles vagan manadas de perros salvajes y algunos individuos AB negativos, inexplicablemente inmunes a la enfermedad. Uno de ellos es Hoke, un solitario piloto estadounidense que lucha contra el fascista Hubble y el grupo de enfermos carroñeros que lidera. Se les conoce con el nombre de Camisas Negras y necesitan la sangre de los sanos para sobrevivir. Hoke y sus compañeros tendrán que luchar contra los Camisas Negras en un arriesgado enfrentamiento que los llevará hasta los túneles más profundos del metro, donde el suelo se halla cubierto de huesos y donde ratas empapadas de gasolina se convierten en mortíferos proyectiles en llamas.48 es una escalofriante novela sobre un pasado que no fue y un futuro que ojalá nunca sea, un mañana en el que una terrible arma biológica está a punto de acabar con el mundo.
“Herbert is one of the most thought-provoking writers of our time; by focusing on ‘alien’ culture, he makes us examine what the true definition of ‘human’ is.” —The Pacific Sun
In the far future, humankind has made contact with numerous other species: Gowachin, Laclac, Wreaves, Pan Spechi, Taprisiots, and Caleban, and has helped to form the ConSentiency to govern among the species. After suffering under a tyrannous pure democracy, the sentients of the galaxy find the need for a Bureau of Sabotage (BuSab) to slow the wheels of government, thereby preventing it from legislating recklessly. BuSab is allowed to sabotage and harass the governmental, administrative, and economic powers in the ConSentiency. Private citizens must not be harassed, and vital functions of society are also exempt.
Jorj X. McKie is a born troublemaker who has become one of BuSab’s best agents. Drafted for the impossible task of establishing meaningful communication with an utterly alien entity who defies understanding, McKie finds himself racing against time to prevent a mad billionairess from wiping out all life in the ConSentiency.
Generations of a tormented human-alien people, caged on a toxic planet, conditioned by constant hunger and war-this is the Dosadi Experiment, and it has succeeded too well. For the Dosadi have bred for Vengeance as well as cunning, and they have learned how to pass through the shimmering God Wall to exact their dreadful revenge on the Universe that created them . . .
About the Author
Frank Herbert was born in Tacoma, Washington, and studied at the University of Washington, Seattle. He worked a wide-variety of jobs--including newspaper reporter and editor, political speechwriter, university professor, TV cameraman, radio commentator, oyster diver, jungle survival instructor, lay analyst, and creative writing teacher--before becoming a full-time writer. His first sf story was published in 1952 but he achieved fame more than ten years later with the publication in "Analog" of "Dune World" and "The Prophet of Dune" that were amalgamated in the novel Dune in 1965. For more, visit www.duneuaudio.com.
Scott Brick has performed on film, television and radio. His stage appearances throughout the U.S. include Cyrano, Hamlet, and MacBeth. He's read over 150 audiobooks in four years-for that, AudioFile magazine named Scott "a rising and shining star" and awarded him as one of the magazine's Golden Voices. The Audie- and Earphone Award-winning actor has read several Macmillan Audio audioBooks, including Dune: The Butlerian Jihad and Dune: The Machine Crusade by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. In addition to his acting work, Scott choreographs fight sequences, and was a combatant in films such as Romeo and Juliet, The Fantasticks and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
“This is the science fiction thriller at its best. An intelligent and insidiously intriguing story.”--_The Daily Mail_ on _The Dragon in the Sea
“A speculative intellect with few rivals in modern SF.”--The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction_
In the endless war between East and West, oil has become the ultimate prize. Nuclear-powered subtugs brave enemy waters to tap into hidden oil reserves beneath the East’s continental shelf. But the last twenty missions have never returned. Have sleeper agents infiltrated the elite submarine service, or are the crews simply cracking under the pressure?
Psychologist John Ramsay has gone undercover aboard a Hell Diver subtug. His mission is to covertly observe the remainder of the four-man crew—and find the traitor among them. Sabotage and suspicion soon plague the mission, as Ramsay discovers that the stress of fighting a war a mile and a half under the ocean exposes every weakness in a man. Hunted relentlessly by the enemy, the four men find themselves isolated in a claustrophobic undersea prison, struggling for survival against the elements . . . and themselves.
Dune Saga 02 - Legends Of Dune 2 - The Machine Crusade
The breathtaking vision and incomparable storytelling of Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson's Dune: The Butlerian Jihad, a prequel to Frank Herbert's classic Dune, propelled it to the ranks of speculative fiction's classics in its own right. Now, with all the color, scope, and fascination of the prior novel, comes Dune: The Machine Crusade.. More than two decades have passed since the events chronicled in The Butlerian Jihad. The crusade against thinking robots has ground on for years, but the forces led by Serena Butler and Irbis Ginjo have made only slight gains; the human worlds grow weary of war, of the bloody, inconclusive swing from victory to defeat. The fearsome cymeks, led by Agamemnon, hatch new plots to regain their lost power from Omnius--as their numbers dwindle and time begins to run out. The fighters of Ginaz, led by Jool Noret, forge themselves into an elite warrior class, a weapon against the machine-dominated worlds. Aurelius Venport and Norma Cenva are on the verge of the most important discovery in human history-a way to "fold" space and travel instantaneously to any place in the galaxy. And on the faraway, nearly worthless planet of Arrakis, Selim Wormrider and his band of outlaws take the first steps to making themselves the feared fighters who will change the course of history: the Fremen.Here is the unrivaled imaginative power that has put Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson on bestseller lists everywhere and earned them the high regard of readers around the globe. The fantastic saga of Dune continues in Dune: The Machine Crusade.
Dune Saga 03 - Legends Of Dune 3 - The Battle of Corrin
Fifty-six hard years after the events of The Machine Crusade, after the death of Serena Butler, the bloodiest decades of the Jihad take place. The human worlds begin to hope that the end of the centuries-long conflict with the thinking machines is finally in sight. Unfortunately, Omnius has one last, deadly card to play. In a last-ditch effort to destroy humankind, virulent plagues are let loose throughout the galaxy, decimating the populations of whole planets. The war that has lasted many lifetimes will be decided in the apocalyptic Battle of Corrin. In the greatest battle of science fiction history, human and machine face off one last time, and on the desert planet of Arrakis, the legendary Fremen of Dune become the feared fighting force to be discovered by Paul Maud'Dib in Frank Herbert's classic, Dune.
THE EPIC PREQUEL TO DUNE"DUNE: HOUSE ATREIDES is a terrific prequel, but it is also a first-rate adventure on its own. Frank Herbert would surely be delighted and proud of this continuation of his vision."—Dean KoontzFrank Herbert's Dune chronicles became an enduring classic and the most popular science fiction series of all time. Working from recently discovered files left by his father, Brian Herbert and best-selling novelist Kevin J. Anderson bring us Dune: House Atreides, the prequel, which captures all the complexity and grand themes of the original work while weaving a new tapestry of great passion and momentous destiny into a saga that expands the tale written by Frank Herbert more than thirty years ago. Complex, brilliant, and prophetic, Frank Herbert's award-winning Dune chronicles captured the imaginations of millions of readers worldwide—and transformed their perception of what the future could be. By his death in 1986, Frank Herbert had completed six novels in the Dune series. But much of his vision—vast, sprawling, and multilayered—remained unwritten. Now, working from recently discovered files left by his father, Brian Herbert and bestselling novelist Kevin J. Anderson collaborate on a new novel, the first volume in the prequel to Dune—where we step onto planet Arrakis...decades before Dune's hero, Paul Atreides, walks its sands. —Beginning nearly four decades before Dune, House Atreides introduces pivotal characters, alliances, base treacheries, and bright hopes that form the foundation of Dune. On the planet Arrakis, an aging tyrant sits on the Golden Lion Throne and rules all of the known universe, while his son grows dangerously impatient for the crown. A quasi-religious order of black-robed women move their secret breeding program one momentous step closer to creating a god-child they call the Kwisatz Haderach. And a minor family among the nobility, House Atreides, chooses a course of honor that will bring it to destruction at the hands of its mortal enemy, House Harkonnen—or take it to new heights of power.Here is the rich and complex world that Frank Herbert created in his classic series, in the time leading up to the momentous events of Dune. As Emperor Elrood's son Shaddam plots a subtle regicide, young Leto Atreides leaves his lush, water-rich planet for a year's education on the mechanized world of Ix; a planetologist named Pardot Kynes is dispatched by the Emperor to the desert planet Arrakis, or Dune, to discover the secrets of the addictive spice known as melange; and the eight-year-old slave Duncan Idaho is hunted by his cruel masters in a terrifying game from which he vows escape and vengeance. But none can envision the fate in store for them: one that will make them renegades—and shapers of history. Covering the decade when Shaddam wins his throne, the teenager Leo Atreides becomes unexpectedly the rule of House Atreides, and Pardot Kynes uncovers one of the planet Dune's greatest secrets, House Atreides stands next to Dune in its power and scope. While this new novel solves some of Dune's most baffling mysteries, it presents new puzzles springing from the sands where one day Paul Muad'Dib Atreides will walk. But now, in the years before Paul's birth, an unforgettable new epic begins. Fans of the Dune chronicles will relish the opportunity to return to the rich and exotic universe created by Frank Herbert, while new readers will be introduced to an incomparable imagination—a future where the fate of the entire cosmos is at stake. The Story Behind Dune: House Atreidesby Brian HerbertWhen my father first sat down with me to go over one of my manuscripts, he told me that he couldn't teach me how to write; instead, he would teach me what he called "the care and feeding of editors": how to make manuscripts look presentable so that they wouldn't be tossed into a slush pile, unread. He then proceeded to teach me how to write. I remember many instances when we would brainstorm ideas and dissect my own novel manuscripts. He taught me how to develop worlds, to create characters, to invent action...and to describe all of it. We collaborated on the novel Man of Two Worlds, Frank Herbert's last published work, and even talked about working together on a new Dune novel, but we'd set no date, had established no specific details or direction.That novel was not to be. When my father died in 1986, he left several projects unfinished. For years there were rumors that I would write another novel set in my father's Dune universe, a sequel to the sixth book in the series, Chapterhouse: Dune. Prominent writers approached me with offers of collaboration, but in tossing ideas around with them I couldn't visualize the project coming to fruition. They were excellent writers, but in combination with them I didn't feel the necessary synergy for such a monumental task. Along with Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and a handful of other works, Dune stood as one of the greatest creative achievements of all time, and arguably the greatest example of science fiction world-building in the history of literature. For the sake of my father's legacy, I could not select the wrong person.It wasn't until I began conversation with Kevin J. Anderson, a critically acclaimed and internationally best-selling author, that I found someone whose enthusiasm and passion for the Dune universe match my own. Much of Kevin's writing had been influenced heavily by the work of Frank Herbert. I read everything I could get my hands on that Kevin had written, and did more checking on him. It soon became clear that he was a brilliant writer and that his reputation was sterling. We hit it off immediately, both on a personal and professional level; new story ideas fairly exploded from our minds and together, we found the energy to tackle such a massive project.Frank Herbert had left behind literally thousands of pages of notes, ideas, and sketches. Of all the possible Dune stories we could tell, Kevin and I chose to concentrate on an immediate prequel, to go back to the heart of Dune's readership, the core characters and situations that had made this the best-selling science fiction novel of all time: The love story of Duke Leto and Lady Jessica; their first battle with Baron Harkonnen; the quest of the planetologist Kynes, sent to the desert world of Dune to investigate the precious spice and the sandworms and the Fremen...and the power-hungry Crown Prince Shaddam, who would do anything to secure the Imperial throne.The Dune universe is a vast canvas, with ample opportunity for many stories, but we have chosen to start here, featuring the characters with whom all Dune fans are familiar. Dune: House Atreides is a personal story that means a great deal to us; we hope booksellers and readers alike will feel the same way. Signed,Brian Herbert
Dune Saga 05 - Prelude to Dune 2 - House Harkonnen
Duke Leto Atreides is now the skilful and much-loved ruler of Caladan, served by loyal Duncan Idaho. To his court come Gurney Halleck, despised slave of the Harkonnens - and Jessica, the exquisite, perfectly trained concubine chosen by the Reverend Mothers of the Bene Gesserit to be the mother of Leto's daughter. Meanwhile, on Dune - planet Arrakis - House Harkonnen ruthlessly harvests the precious, mind-enhancing drug called spice. And Baron Vladimir is slowly being consumed by a loathesome disease. Rabban Harkonnen - House Atreides' most implacable enemy - prepares to take over his uncle's empire.
The sequel to Dune: House Atreides and Dune: House Harkonnen chronicles the origins of the rivalry between Duke Leto and Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, the actions that transformed Duncan Idaho and Gurney Halleck into heroes, the birth of Paul Atreides, and the creation of the tyrannical Padishah Emperor Shaddam Corrino. Reprint.
'Unique among SF novels ... I know nothing comparable to it except The Lord of the Rings.' -- Arthur C. Clarke on DUNE 'One of the landmarks of modern science fiction ... an amazing feat of creation.' -- Analog on DUNE
"Fill[s] in the gaps between the late Frank Herbert's classic Dune and its sequels _Dune Messiah_ and Children of Dune. . . . This sequel to _Paul of Dune_ is an important addition to the Dune chronology and will be in demand by Herbert fans.” --_Library Journal_ (starred review)
"Delivers solid action and will certainly satisfy." _--Booklist _ “This satisfying tale from Herbert’s son and Anderson follows Jessica, the mother of galactic emperor Paul Atreides. . . . Fans of the original Dune series will love seeing familiar characters, and the narrative voice smoothly evokes the elder Herbert’s style.” --Publishers Weekly
"Unquestionably, Herbert & Anderson can spin a great yarn; while technically producing a vivid, mystifying universe, filled with characters that are both endearing, and loathsome. I recommend this one highly, but be warned, if this is the first Dune book you are reading, get ready to hit the bookstore, because I promise you, it will not be the last!" _--BookSpotCentral
"_The Winds of Dune is filled with the same psychological complexities that were a hallmark of Frank Herbert’s books. It twists and turns on matters of trust, loyalty and the meaning of honor. Familiar characters are brought back to life with poignant clarity and the suspense and tension never let up. Even knowing what comes next in _Children of Dune, _I was hooked by this tale and enjoyed it immensely. It is a worthy addition to the _Dune_ saga." _--IN Denver Times
Praise for the bestselling novel, Paul of Dune:
_“This vital link between the first two books of the Dune saga begins immediately after the close of Dune. . . . This is good reading. . . . Standing well enough on its own for Dune novices, it goes without saying that it’s must reading for established fans.” --_Booklist
_“Drawing on Frank Herbert’s massive body of notes, the coauthors of the new Dune series continue their expansion and illumination of the unexplored pieces of one of the genre’s most significant and powerful stories. A priority purchase for libraries of all sizes. Highly recommended.” --Library Journal (starred review)
Praise for Dune, the timeless classic that began the epic story:
“One of the monuments of modern science fiction.” --_The Chicago Tribune__
_“I know nothing comparable to it except The Lord of the Rings.” --Sir Arthur C. Clarke_
_“A portrayal of an alien society more complete and deeply detailed than any other author in the field has managed . . . a story absorbing equally for its action and philosophical vistas. . . . An astonishing science fiction phenomenon.” --_The Washington Post__
_“Powerful, convincing, and most ingenious.” --Robert A. Heinlein_
_“Herbert’s creation of this universe, with its intricate development and analysis of ecology, religion, politics, and philosophy, remains one of the supreme and seminal achievements in science fiction.” --_Louisville__ Times_
“Ranging from palace intrigue and desert chases to religious speculation and confrontations with the supreme intelligence of the universe, there is something here for all science fiction fans.”
“Herbert adds enough new twists and turns to the ongoing saga that familiarity with the recurring elements brings pleasure.”
The science fiction masterpiece continues in the “major event,”(_ Los Angeles Times_) Children of Dune.
With millions of copies sold worldwide, Frank Herbert’s Dune novels stand among the major achievements of the human imagination and one of the most significant sagas in the history of literary science fiction.
The Children of Dune are twin siblings Leto and Ghanima Atreides, whose father, the Emperor Paul Muad’Dib, disappeared in the deserts of Arrakis. Like their father, they possess supernormal abilities—making them valuable to their aunt Alia, who rules the Empire. If Alia can obtain the secrets of the twins’ prophetic visions, her rule will be absolute. But the twins have their own plans for their destiny.
Dune Saga 12 - Classic Dune 4 - God Emperor of Dune
“A fourth visit to Arrakis that is every bit as fascinating as the other three—every bit as timely.” —_Time_
“Rich fare…Heady stuff.” —_Los Angeles Times_
“Book Four of the Dune series has many of the same strengths as the previous three, and I was indeed kept up late at night.” —_Challenging Destiny_
A beautiful new package with a new introduction…
Millennia have passed on Arrakis, and the oncedesert planet is green with life. Leto Atreides, the son of the world’s savior, the Emperor Paul Muad’Dib, is still alive but far from human. To preserve humanity’s future, he sacrificed his own by merging with a sandworm, granting him nearimmortality as God Emperor of Dune for the past 3,500 years.
Leto’s rule is not a benevolent one. His transformation has not only made his appearance inhuman, but his morality. A rebellion has risen to oppose the despot’s rule, led by Siona, a member of the Atreides family. But Siona is unaware that Leto’s vision of a Golden Path for humanity requires her to fulfill a destiny she never wanted…or could possibly conceive…
A beautiful new hardcover package for the “exciting and gripping” (Kirkus Reviews) New York Times bestselling science fiction classic. The desert planet Arrakis, called Dune, has been destroyed. The remnants of the Old Empire have been consumed by the violent matriarchal cult known as the Honored Matres. Only one faction remains a viable threat to their total conquest—the Bene Gesserit, heirs to Dune’s power. Under the leadership of Mother Superior Darwi Odrade, the Bene Gesserit have colonized a green world on the planet Chapterhouse, and are turning it into a desert, mile by scorched mile. And once they’ve mastered breeding sandworms, the Sisterhood will control the production of the greatest commodity in the known galaxy—the spice Melange. But their true weapon remains a man who has lived countless lifetimes—a man who served under the God Emperor Paul Muad’Dib.
"One of the monuments of modern science fiction."--_Chicago__ Tribune_ on Dune
"I know nothing comparable to it except The Lord of the Rings."--Sir Arthur C. Clarke on Dune
"A portrayal of an alien society more complete and deeply detailed than any other author in the field has managed . . . a story absorbing equally for its action and philosophical vistas. . . . An astonishing science fiction phenomenon."--_The Washington Post_ on Dune
"Powerful, convincing, and most ingenious."--Robert A. Heinlein on Dune
"Herbert's creation of this universe, with its intricate development and analysis of ecology, religion, politics, and philosophy, remains one of the supreme and seminal achievements in science fiction."--_Louisville__ Times_ on Dune __ "The kind of intricate plotting and philosophical musings that would make the elder Herbert proud."--_Publishers Weekly_ (starred review) on Dune: The Butlerian Jihad
"Sit back and enjoy."--_Booklist_ on Dune: The Machine Crusade __ "_Dune_ addicts will happily devour Herbert and Anderson's spicy conclusion to their second prequel trilogy."--_Publishers Weekly_ on _Dune: The Battle of Corrin_
By the time of this second volume of the third Dune prequel trilogy, battles and plagues have nearly destroyed humans and their planets. Sheanna revives the ghola cloning project to pit genius against numbers. Almost all the saga principals have been re-created—Paul, Jessica, Letos I and II, Chani, Stilgar, even Wellington Yueh and Baron Harkonnen—and are hiding on the no-ship. The eleventh ghola of Duncan Idaho keeps an eye on things. Naturally, such a crew generates intrigue, dissension, and many actions unintentionally at cross-purposes. Some of the re-creations learn from the past, some don't. Meanwhile, Omnius and Erasmus, leaders of the thinking machines, search for the no-ship; failing to find it, they finish the destruction of any planet capable of supporting human life. When the clones and the thinking machines finally confront each other, the conflict proves pretty gripping. Its plot derived from Frank Herbert's notes, Sandworms should fascinate Dune fans. The series' long run by now begs the question of whether, since Sandworms ties up so many loose ends, more of what has been learned about the construction and destruction of ecologies, and about thinking machines, in the 42 years since Dune was first published couldn't figure in the promised ninth prequel volume, Paul of Dune. Murray, Frieda
"The work of a speculative intellect with few rivals in modern SF."-_The Science Fiction Encyclopedia_
A New World in Embryo
Public Law 10927 was clear and direct. Parents were permitted to watch the genetic alterations of their gametes by skilled surgeons . . . only no one ever requested it.
When Lizbeth and Harvey Durant decided to invoke the Law; when Dr. Potter did not rearrange the most unusual genetic structure of their future son, barely an embryo growing in the State's special vat-the consequences of these decisions threatened to be catastrophic.
For never before had anyone dared defy the Rulers' decrees . . . and if They found out, it was well known that the price of disobedience was the extermination of the human race . . .
This Boston-based mystery stars smart and sassy Beantown Banner reporter Liz Higgins, who rails at being assigned only light news highlighted in front page teasers. She vows to change that by finding a missing mom and nailing front-page news in the process. Liz's quest takes her into Boston's lively Irish pub/Celtic music scene, the elegant Wellesley landscape, and as far as Fiji. Along the way, she courageously pursues a tangle of clues and falls for two very different men: the enigmatic forensics expert Dr. Cormack Kinnaird and the warmhearted Tom Horton, who pastes ads on the huge billboard that dwarfs Liz's tiny house on the edge of the Mass Pike.