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   Butlerian Jihad, The, by Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson  
 
  Novel, first publication in September 2002 , latest edition in September 2003
 
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      This Hugo and Nebula Award winner tells the sweeping tale of a desert planet called Arrakis, the focus of an intricate power struggle in a byzantine interstellar empire. Arrakis is the sole source of Melange, the "spice of spices." Melange is necessary for interstellar travel and grants psychic powers and longevity, so whoever controls it wields great influence.

    The troubles begin when stewardship of Arrakis is transferred by the Emperor from the Harkonnen Noble House to House Atreides. The Harkonnens don't want to give up their privilege, though, and through sabotage and treachery they cast young Duke Paul Atreides out into the planet's harsh environment to die. There he falls in with the Fremen, a tribe of desert dwellers who become the basis of the army with which he will reclaim what's rightfully his. Paul Atreides, though, is far more than just a usurped duke. He might be the end product of a very long-term genetic experiment designed to breed a super human; he might be a messiah. His struggle is at the center of a nexus of powerful people and events, and the repercussions will be felt throughout the Imperium.

    Dune is one of the most famous science fiction novels ever written, and deservedly so. The setting is elaborate and ornate, the plot labyrinthine, the adventures exciting. Five sequels follow.

    Source: Brooks Peck, Amazon.com.

    Frank Herbertís Dune series is one of the great creations of imaginative literature, science fictionís answer to The Lord of the Rings.

    Decades after Herbertís original novels, the Dune saga was continued by Frank Herbertís son, Brian Herbert, in collaboration with Kevin J. Anderson. Working from Frank Herbertís own notes, the acclaimed authors reveal the chapter of the Dune saga most eagerly anticipated by readers: the Butlerian Jihad.

    Throughout the Dune novels, Frank Herbert frequently referred to the war in which humans wrested their freedom from ďthinking machines.Ē In Dune: The Butlerian Jihad, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson bring to life the story of that war, a tale previously seen only in tantalizing hints and clues. Finally, we see how Serena Butlerís passionate grief ignites the struggle that will liberate humans from their machine masters; here is the amazing tale of the Zensunni Wanderers, who escape bondage to flee to the desert world where they will declare themselves the Free Men of Dune. And here is the backward, nearly forgotten planet of Arrakis, where traders have discovered the remarkable properties of the spice melange....

     
     
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  • Dune > Dune (1) - Legends of Dune (#1)

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  • Human Computers - Fast Thinkers
  • Immortality - Immortals - Eternal Life
  • Man vs. Machine
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