The Dune novels capture what is best in science fiction.
Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson have continued capturing the imaginations of Dune readers all over the world for more than ten years. I met both when Dune: House Atreides published and we have been great friends ever since. And every year or two I get excited about a new look at the Dune universe, a return to one of my favorite series.
Mentats of Dune looks at the struggles of the great Dune houses during their infancy, a time they are establishing themselves but surrounded by conflict at their every turn. For me, the mentats have always been intriguing and here we get a deeper look at them!
Brian and Kevin are not touring for Mentats, at least as far as I know, but both are attending the Emerald City Comic Con in late March—as luck would have it, another Seattle venue. So they will be stopping by to sign books for their fans all over the world!
Mentats of Dune by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson
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In Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson’s Mentats of Dune, the thinking machines have been defeated but the struggle for humanity’s future continues.
Gilbertus Albans has founded the Mentat School, a place where humans can learn the efficient techniques of thinking machines. But Gilbertus walks an uneasy line between his own convictions and compromises in order to survive the Butlerian fanatics, led by the madman Manford Torondo and his Swordmaster Anari Idaho. Mother Superior Raquella attempts to rebuild her Sisterhood School on Wallach IX, with her most talented and ambitious student, Valya Harkonnen, who also has another goal—to exact revenge on Vorian Atreides, the legendary hero of the Jihad, whom she blames for her family’s downfall.
Meanwhile, Josef Venport conducts his own war against the Butlerians. VenHold Spacing Fleet controls nearly all commerce thanks to the superior mutated Navigators that Venport has created, and he places a ruthless embargo on any planet that accepts Manford Torondo’s anti-technology pledge, hoping to starve them into submission. But fanatics rarely surrender easily . . .
The Mentats, the Navigators, and the Sisterhood all strive to improve the human race, but each group knows that as Butlerian fanaticism grows stronger, the battle will be to choose the path of humanity’s future—whether to embrace civilization, or to plunge into an endless dark age.
|Dimensions||12 x 8 x 3 in|