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Brian and I have compiled a new short collection, TALES OF DUNE, that includes two short stories set in the CHAPTERHOUSE DUNE era, “Sea Child” (which was written for ELEMENTAL: The Tsunami Relief Anthology) and “Treasure in the Sand” (published only briefly online before the release of SANDWORMS OF DUNE) as well as a new, never-published story “Wedding Silk,” a tale of young Paul Atreides and Duncan Idaho. TALES OF DUNE is available in all eBook formats.
We have also re-released the long out-of-print Frank Herbert book DIRECT DESCENT. Earth has become a library planet for thousands of years, a bastion of both useful and useless knowledge—esoterica of all types, history, science, politics—gathered by teams of “pack rats” who scour the galaxy for any scrap of information. Knowledge is power, knowledge is wealth, and knowledge can be a weapon. As powerful dictators come and go over the course of history, the cadre of dedicated librarians is sworn to obey the lawful government . . . and use their wits to protect the treasure trove of knowledge they have collected over the millennia.
DIRECT DESCENT is available in all eBook formats for $2.99.
We are currently working on producing the eBooks of Frank Herbert’s collaborations THE JESUS INCIDENT with Bill Ransom and MAN OF TWO WORLDS with Brian Herbert, as well as collecting Frank Herbert’s short stories, including never-published stories. Those books should be available within two weeks.
Rebecca and I flew to Sydney to be guests at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo, arriving very early in the morning on Thursday. We got to the hotel, but they didn’t have our room ready yet at 6 AM (no surprise). We met fellow guest James Marsters in the lobby, who was also waiting to get into his room. After a few hours in the executive lounge, we were finally able to check into the room, shower, change clothes, then get ready to meet fellow writer Bryan Logan, who had volunteered to drive us around the Sydney Beaches for sightseeing that afternoon. Yes, we were jet-lagged, but this is Sydney—one of the most beautiful cities in the world, so we wanted to take the opportunity to see some of the scenery (and also talk business with Bryan).
Next day, I walked around Hyde Park and the Botanical Gardens, dictating 3 chapters in HELLHOLE AWAKENING in the process (only four chaps left to do).
That evening we rode with the other guests out to the pre-show for Supanova (all of which is held out at the Sydney Olympic Stadium). We met Larry Hagman, Barbara Eden, Bill Daily, and other writers, comic artists, and voiceover actors. Then dinner at a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown, and back to the hotel to rest up for the next two busy days at the Supanova Expo. This was the biggest attendance yet at a Supanova, over 23,000 people.
With Larry Hagman
Southern Cross Garrison of the 501st Legion
We also spent a lot of time with other authors Marianne de Pierres, Jennifer Fallon, Allison Goodman, Rowena Corey Daniels, and Kate Forsyth.
Rebecca Moesta, Kate Forsyth, Allison Goodman, Marianne de Pierres, Rowena Cory Daniels, Kevin J. Anderson
Today I went to the Simon & Schuster offices to meet the staff, then around Sydney to stop in at bookshops to sign books. Tomorrow, off to Melbourne for a couple of days, and then to Perth for next weekend’s Supanova. We hope to see some of you at the Melbourne signing (Collins St Dymocks at 6:30 PM, Tuesday) or at the Perth Supanova next weekend.
We’ve just received the cover art for SISTERHOOD OF DUNE, a beautiful wraparound painting, similar in design to THE WINDS OF DUNE.
Rather than highlighting the Bene Gesserit, the art director chose a (relatively minor) scene in the novel of a female Fremen in a raid on a rival spice operation. The Sisterhood school probably didn’t offer very dramatic imagery!
The novel will be released in March 2012.
Back when Brian Herbert and I first started working in the Dune universe, all of Frank Herbert’s non-Dune novels were out of print and unavailable. Since then, Tor Books has reissued numerous backlist titles, including The Dosadi Experiment, Whipping Star, The White Plague, Hellstrom’s Hive, The Eyes of Heisenberg, The Santaroga Barrier, The Green Brain, and The Dragon in the Sea. The rest of Frank Herbert’s work, as well as his collaborations with Bill Ransom (and Ransom’s solo novels) have remained out of print, however.
We are pleased to be bringing the rest of Frank Herbert’s and Bill Ransom’s novels back into print in eBook form. We’ve just released the first two novels, Destination: Void and Jaguar.
The starship Earthling, filled with thousands of hybernating colonists en route to a new world at Tau Ceti, is stranded beyond the solar system when the ship’s three Organic Mental Cores—disembodied human brains that control the vessel’s functions—go insane. An emergency skeleton crew sees only one chance for survival: to create an artificial consciousness in the Earthling’s primary computer, which could guide them to their destination . . . or destroy the human race.
Frank Herbert’s classic novel begins the epic Pandora Sequence (written with Bill Ransom), which also includes The Jesus Incident, The Lazarus Effect, and The Ascension Factor.
In waking life, he is a combat vet with a mysterious sleep disorder, confined to a VA hospital bed. When he sleeps, he roams the plains of another world, invading the minds of the people as they dream and forcing them to do his will. They call him . . . Jaguar.
In both worlds, there are those who know the Jaguar’s secret. They are learning to link their minds across the void between worlds, following the dreampaths the Jaguar created—all the way back to where his body lies helpless . . . an easy target for their justice.