Sandworms of Dune

By Brian Herbert; Kevin J. Anderson; Frank Herbert (Contribution by)
Tor Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780765351494, 546pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2008

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Description

At the end of Frank Herbert's final novel, "Chapterhouse: Dune, " a ship carrying a crew of refugees escapes into the uncharted galaxy, fleeing from a terrifying, mysterious Enemy. The fugitives used genetic technology to revive key figures from Dune's past--including Paul Muad'Dib and Lady Jessica--to use their special talents to meet the challenges thrown at them.

Based directly on Frank Herbert's final outline, which lay hidden in two safe-deposit boxes for a decade, "Sandworms of Dune "will answer the urgent questions Dune fans have been debating for two decades: the origin of the Honored Matres, the tantalizing future of the planet Arrakis, the final revelation of the Kwisatz Haderach, and the resolution to the war between Man and Machine. This breathtaking new novel in Frank Herbert's Dune series has enough surprises and plot twists to please even the most demanding reader.




About the Author
Brian Herbert, the author of numerous novels and short stories, has been critically acclaimed by leading reviewers in the United States and around the world. The eldest son of celebrated science fiction author Frank Herbert, he, with Kevin J. Anderson, is the author of "Hellhole" and continues his father's beloved Dune series with books including "The Winds of Dune", "House Atreides", "Sandworms of Dune", among other bestsellers. He also wrote a biography of his father, "Dreamer of Dune". Herbert graduated from high school at age 16, and then attended U.C. Berkeley, where he earned a B.A. in Sociology. Besides an author, Herbert has been an editor, business manager, board game inventor, creative consultant for television and collectible card games, insurance agent, award-winning encyclopedia salesman, waiter, busboy, maid and a printer. He and his wife once owned a double-decker London bus, which they converted into an unusual gift shop. Herbert and his wife, Jan, have three daughters. They live in Washington State.Kevin J. Anderson is the author of more than 120 books, 54 of which have appeared on national or international bestseller lists; he has over 23 million copies in print in thirty languages. He has won or been nominated for the Nebula Award, Bram Stoker Award, the Faust Award (IAMTW Grand Master), the SFX Readers Choice Award, the Scribe Award, and New York Times Notable Book. Kevin has coauthored thirteen books in the Dune saga with Brian Herbert. His epic SF series The Saga of Seven Suns is a seven-volume opus that topped international bestseller lists.Frank Herbert (1920-1986) created the most beloved novel in the annals of science fiction, "Dune". He was a man of many facets, of countless passageways that ran through an intricate mind. His magnum opus is a reflection of this, a classic work that stands as one of the most complex, multi-layered novels ever written in any genre. Today the novel is more popular than ever, with new readers continually discovering it and telling their friends to pick up a copy. It has been translated into dozens of languages and has sold almost 20 million copies.As a child growing up in Washington State, Frank Herbert was curious about everything. He carried around a Boy Scout pack with books in it, and he was always reading. He loved Rover Boys adventures, as well as the stories of H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, and the science fiction of Edgar Rice Burroughs. On his eighth birthday, Frank stood on top of the breakfast table at his family home and announced, "I wanna be a author." His maternal grandfather, John McCarthy, said of the boy, "It's frightening. A kid that small shouldn't be so smart." Young Frank was not unlike Alia in "Dune", a person having adult comprehension in a child's body. In grade school he was the acknowledged authority on everything. If his classmates wanted to know the answer to something, such as about sexual functions or how to make a carbide cannon, they would invariably say, "Let's ask Herbert. He'll know."His curiosity and independent spirit got him into trouble more than once when he was growing up, and caused him difficulties as an adult as well. He did not graduate from college because he refused to take the required courses for a major; he only wanted to study what interested him. For years he had a hard time making a living, bouncing from job to job and from town to town. He was so independent that he refused to write for a particular market; he wrote what he felt like writing. It took him six years of research and writing to complete "Dune", and after all that struggle and sacrifice, 23 publishers rejected it in book form before it was finally accepted. He received an advance of only $7,500.His loving wife of 37 years, Beverly, was the breadwinner much of the time, as an underpaid advertising writer for department stores. Having been divorced from his first wife, Flora Parkinson, Frank Herbert met Beverly Stuart at a University of Washington creative writing class in 1946. At the time, they were the only students in the class who had sold their work for publication. Frank had sold two pulp adventure stories to magazines, one to "Esquire" and the other to "Doc Savage". Beverly had sold a story to "Modern Romance" magazine. These genres reflected the interests of the two young lovers; he the adventurer, the strong, machismo man, and she the romantic, exceedingly feminine and soft-spoken.Their marriage would produce two sons, Brian, born in 1947, and Bruce, born in 1951. Frank also had a daughter, Penny, born in 1942 from his first marriage. For more than two decades Frank and Beverly would struggle to make ends meet, and there were many hard times. In order to pay the bills and to allow her husband the freedom he needed in order to create, Beverly gave up her own creative writing career in order to support his. They were in fact a writing team, as he discussed every aspect of his stories with her, and she edited his work. Theirs was a remarkable, though tragic, love story-which Brian would poignantly describe one day in "Dreamer of Dune" (Tor Books; April 2003). After Beverly passed away, Frank married Theresa Shackelford. In all, Frank Herbert wrote nearly 30 popular books and collections of short stories, including six novels set in the "Dune" universe: "Dune", "Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune", "Heretics of Dune", and "Chapterhouse: Dune". All were international bestsellers, as were a number of his other science fiction novels, which include "The White Plague" and "The Dosadi Experiment". His major novels included "The Dragon in the Sea", "Soul Catcher" (his only non-science fiction novel), "Destination: " "Void", "The Santaroga Barrier", "The Green Brain", "Hellstorm's Hive", "Whipping Star", "The Eyes of" "Heisenberg", "The Godmakers", "Direct Descent", and "The Heaven Makers". He also collaborated with Bill Ransom to write "The Jesus Incident", "The Lazarus Effect", and "The Ascension Factor". Frank Herbert's last published novel, "Man of Two Worlds", was a collaboration with his son, Brian.



Praise For Sandworms of Dune

Praise for the Dune Novels
 
“I know nothing comparable to it except The Lord of the Rings.”--Arthur C. Clarke on Dune
 
“Appealing and gripping…Fascinating detail, yet cloaked in mystery and mysticism.”--Milwaukee Journal  on Heretics of Dune
 
“The vast and fascinating Dune saga sweeps on---as exciting and gripping as ever.”--Kirkus Reviews on Chapterhouse: Dune
 
“This compelling saga of men and women struggling for their freedom is required reading for Dune fans.”--Library Journal on Dune: The Butlerian Jihad
 
“Dune addicts will happily devour Herbert and Anderson’s spicy conclusion to their second prequel trilogy.”--Publishers Weekly on Dune: The Battle of Corrin
 
“Entertaining.”--Publishers Weekly on Hunters of Dune

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