Dune is one of the most celebrated novels of all time, let alone the best science fiction novel. Frank Herbert created something truly special. He wrote five more novels set in the unique universe, each book building upon the previous. But when Frank passed away in 1986, Dune fans thought the series—and its many unanswered questions—to be out of reach.
Frank’s son, Brian Herbert, and Kevin J. Anderson met in the 1990’s and both saw the chance to give Dune fans what many had been asking for. And since that time they have written a new book set in Frank’s world at least every other year. Sisterhood of Dune, the new book released today, features the establishment of the Bene Gesserit sisterhood.
Here is a bit more about the new Dune novel:
It is eighty-three years after the last of the thinking machines were destroyed in the Battle of Corrin, after Faykan Butler took the name of Corrino and established himself as the first Emperor of a new Imperium. Great changes are brewing that will shape and twist all of humankind.
The war hero Vorian Atreides has turned his back on politics and Salusa Secundus. The descendants of Abulurd Harkonnen Griffen and Valya have sworn vengeance against Vor, blaming him for the downfall of their fortunes. Raquella Berto-Anirul has formed the Bene Gesserit School on the jungle planet Rossak as the first Reverend Mother. The descendants of Aurelius Venport and Norma Cenva have built Venport Holdings, using mutated, spice-saturated Navigators who fly precursors of Heighliners. Gilbertus Albans, the ward of the hated Erasmus, is teaching humans to become Mentats…and hiding an unbelievable secret.
The Butlerian movement, rabidly opposed to all forms of “dangerous technology,” is led by Manford Torondo and his devoted Swordmaster, Anari Idaho. And it is this group, so many decades after the defeat of the thinking machines, which begins to sweep across the known universe in mobs, millions strong, destroying everything in its path.
Every one of these characters, and all of these groups, will become enmeshed in the contest between Reason and Faith. All of them will be forced to choose sides in the inevitable crusade that could destroy humankind forever….
Brian visited the University Bookstore last night in support of Sisterhood of Dune. During his talk, he spoke a great deal about the new book, his father, his father’s life, and how his father spent the last years of his life caring for his wife.
Here is the video of Brian. Enjoy!
Sisterhood of Dune by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson is available in fine bookstores now!