Updated Monday, 06 January, 2014
Kevin J. Anderson has written a number of books in the Star Wars universe, as well as the Dune universe. He has done both solo efforts and collaborations, and I can honestly say that his creativity comes across well in either case. I have really enjoyed the depth he's added to some of my favorite series. His website is Wordfire, Inc.
Frank Herbert's Dune series is one of the grandest epics in the annals of imaginative literature. Selling millions of copies worldwide, it is science fiction's answer to The Lord of the Rings, a brilliantly imaginative epic of high adventure, unforgettable characters, and immense scope. (from Dune: The Official Website)
|Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, DUNE is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family—and would bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream. A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, DUNE formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction. (book description)|
Frank Herbert's Dune is widely known as the science fiction equivalent of The Lord of the Rings. Now The Road to Dune is a companion work comparable to The Silmarillion, shedding light on and following the remarkable development of the bestselling science fiction novel of all time.
In this fascinating volume, the world's millions of Dune fans can
The Road to Dune also features newly discovered papers and manuscripts of Frank Herbert, and Spice Planet, an original novel by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, based on a detailed outline left by Frank Herbert.
The Road to Dune is a treasure trove of essays, articles, and fiction that every reader of Dune will want to add to their shelf. (book description)
|Set on the desert planet Arrakis—a world as fully real and rich as our own—Dune Messiah continues the story of the man Muad'Dib, heir to a power unimaginable, bringing to completion the centuries-old scheme to create a superbeing . . . (book description)|
|The desert planet has begun to grow green and lush. The life-giving spice is abundant. The 9 year-old royal twins, possessing their father's supernormal powers, are being groomed as messiahs. But there are those who think the Imperium does not need messiahs . . . (book description)|
|Centuries have passed on Dune, and the planet is green with life. Leto, the son of Dune's savior, is still alive but far from human, and the fate of all humanity hangs on his awesome sacrifice . . . (book description)|
|The planet Arrakis—now called Rakis—is becoming desert again. The Lost Ones are returning home from the far reaches of space. The great sandworms are dying. And the children of Dune's children awaken from empire as from a dream, wielding the new power of a heresy called love . . . (book description)|
|The desert planet Arrakis, called Dune, has been destroyed. Now the Bene Gesserit, heirs to Dune’s power, have colonized a green world—and are turning it into a desert, mile by scorched mile. Here is the last book Frank Herbert wrote before his death: A stunning climax to the epic DUNE legend that will live on forever. (book description)|
Hunters of Dune and the concluding volume, Sandworms of Dune, bring together the great story lines and beloved characters in Frank Herbert's classic Dune universe, ranging from the time of the Butlerian Jihad to the original Dune series and beyond. Based directly on Frank Herbert's final outline, which lay hidden in a safe-deposit box for a decade, these two volumes will finally answer the urgent questions Dune fans have been debating for two decades.
HUNTERS OF DUNE
At the end of Chapterhouse: Dune, Frank Herbert's final novel, a ship carrying the ghola of Duncan Idaho, Sheeana (a young woman who can control sandworms), and a crew of various refugees escapes into the uncharted galaxy, fleeing from the monstrous Honored Matres, dark counterparts to the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood. The nearly invincible Honored Matres have swarmed into the known universe, driven from their home by a terrifying, mysterious Enemy. As designed by the creative genius of Frank Herbert, the primary story of Hunters and Sandworms is the exotic odyssey of Duncan's no-ship as it is forced to elude the diabolical traps set by the ferocious, unknown Enemy. To strengthen their forces, the fugitives have used genetic technology from Scytale, the last Tleilaxu Master, to revive key figures from Dune's past, including Paul Muad'Dib and his beloved Chani, Lady Jessica, Stilgar, Thufir Hawat, and even Dr. Wellington Yueh. Each of these characters will use their special talents to meet the challenges thrown at them.
Hunters of Dune and the concluding volume, Sandworms of Dune, bring together the great story lines and beloved characters in Frank Herbert’s classic Dune universe, ranging from the time of the Butlerian Jihad to the original Dune series and beyond. Based directly on Frank Herbert’s final outline, which lay hidden in two safe-deposit boxes for a decade, these two volumes will finally answer the urgent questions Dune fans have been debating for two decades.
SANDWORMS OF DUNE
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
Sandworms of Dune will reveal 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 surprises and plot twists to
Personal note: Reading this book made me want to go back and re-read the rest of the original Dune series. It was clear to me that I’ve forgotten a lot of the things that happened and I find myself curious to revisit the novels, despite remembering that I found most of the ones later in the series to be hard to get into. That’s a sign of how compelling I found this book to be.
The LEGENDS OF DUNE trilogy details the saga of the century-long conflict, as well as the original breach that formed the deadly feud between House Atreides and House Harkonnen. The story includes Tio Holtzman's development of foldspace and shield technology, the establishment of the Imperium by House Corrino, and the Zensunni Wanderers' escape from slavery and their flight to the desert world of Arrakis. Readers will also see the seeds of DUNE's famous Great Schools of the Mentats, the Bene Gesserit, the Suk Doctors, and the Swordmasters. (from Dune: The Official Website)
|Throughout the Dune novels, Frank Herbert frequently
referred to the war in which humans wrested their freedom from "thinking machines." Now, 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
Butler’s passionate grief ignites the struggle that will liberate humans from their machine masters.
We learn the circumstances of the betrayal that made mortal enemies of House Atreides and House
Harkonnen; and we experience the Battle of Corrin that created a galactic empire lasting until the
reign of Emperor Shaddam IV.
Herin are the foundations of the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood, the Suk Doctors, the Order of Mentats, and the mysteriously altered Navigators of the Spacing Guild. 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....
Ten thousand years before the events of Dune, humans have managed to battle the remorseless Machines to a standstill...but victory may be short-lived. Yet amid shortsighted squabbling between nobles, new leaders have begun to emerge. Among them are Xavier Harkonnen, military leader of the Planet Salusa Segundus; Xavier's fiancée, Serena Butler, an activist who will become the unwilling leader of millions; and Tio Holtzman, the scientist struggling to devise a weapon that will help the human race. Against the brute efficiency of their adversaries, these leaders and the human race have only imagination, compassion, and the capacity for love. It will have to be enough. (book description)
|The breathtaking vision and incomparable storytelling of Brian
Herbert and Kevin Anderson's Dune: The Butlerian Jihad, a prequel to Frank Herbert's classic Dune,
propelled it to the ranks of speculative fiction's classics in its own right. Now, with all the
color, scope, and fascination of the prior novel, comes Dune: The Machine Crusade.
More than two decades have passed since the events chronicled in The Butlerian Jihad. The crusade against thinking robots has ground on for years, but the forces led by Serena Butler and Irbis Ginjo have made only slight gains; the human worlds grow weary of war, of the bloody, inconclusive swing from victory to defeat.
The fearsome cymeks, led by Agamemnon, hatch new plots to regain their lost power from Omnius--as their numbers dwindle and time begins to run out. The fighters of Ginaz, led by Jool Noret, forge themselves into an elite warrior class, a weapon against the machine-dominated worlds. Aurelius Venport and Norma Cenva are on the verge of the most important discovery in human history-a way to "fold" space and travel instantaneously to any place in the galaxy.
And on the faraway, nearly worthless planet of Arrakis, Selim Wormrider and his band of outlaws take the first steps to making themselves the feared fighters who will change the course of history: the Fremen.
Here is the unrivaled imaginative power that has put Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson on bestseller lists everywhere and earned them the high regard of readers around the globe. The fantastic saga of Dune continues in Dune: The Machine Crusade. (book description)
It has been fifty-six hard years since the events of The Machine Crusade. Following the death of Serena Butler, the bloodiest decades of the Jihad take place. Synchronized Worlds and Unallied Planets are liberated one by one, and at long last, after years of victory, the human worlds begin to hope that the end of the centuries-long conflict with the thinking machines is finally in sight.
Unfortunately, Omnius has one last, deadly card to play. In a last-ditch effort to destroy humankind, virulent plagues are let loose throughout the galaxy, decimating the populations of whole
In the greatest battle in science fiction history, human and machine face off one last
Here is the rich and complex world that Frank Herbert created in his classic series, in the time leading up to the momentous events of DUNE. As Emperor Elrood's son Shaddam plots a subtle regicide, young Leto Atreides leaves his lush, water-rich planet for a year's education on the mechanized world of Ix; a planetologist named Pardot Kynes is dispatched by the Emperor to the desert planet Arrakis, or Dune, to discover the secrets of the addictive spice known as melange; and the eight-year-old slave Duncan Idaho is hunted by his cruel masters in a terrifying game from which he vows escape and vengeance. But none can envision the fate in store for them: one that will make them renegades-and shapers of history. (from Dune: The Official Website)
|An aging tyrant sits on the Golden Lion Throne and rules all
of the known universe, while his son grows dangerously impatient for the crown. A quasi-religious
order of black-robed women move their secret breeding program one momentous step closer to creating
the god-child they call the Kwisatz Haderach. And a minor family among nobility, HOUSE ATREIDES,
chooses a course of honor that will bring it to destruction at the hands of its mortal enemy,
HOUSE HARKONNEN-or take it to new heights of power.
Covering the decade when Shaddam wins his throne, the teenager Leto Atreides becomes the unexpected ruler of HOUSE ATREIDES, and Pardot Kynes uncovers one of the planet Dune's greatest secrets, Dune: House Atreides captures the grandeur and drama of Frank Herbert's epic. And while this new novel solves some of DUNE's most baffling mysteries, it presents new puzzles springing from the sands where one day Paul-Muad'dib Atreides, the hero of DUNE, will walk. But now, in these years before Paul's birth, an unforgettable new epic begins . . . (book description)
|At last Shaddam sits on the Golden Lion Throne, his precarious
position as ruler of the Known Universe dependent on producing a male heir. But his leadership is
further threatened by the ambitious Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, whose insatiable thirst for dominance
leads him to plot against some of the most powerful forces in the Imperium, hoping to elevate his
own ruthless House to unprecedented heights of power. His primary targets: House Atreides and the
mysterious Bene Gesserit Sisterhood. The Sisterhood are unaware of this threat as they prepare to
culminate the work of centuries in the creation of a god-child who will sweep away emperors, houses,
and history itself in a terrifying new order of religious tyranny.
The desert world Dune, the machine world Ix, and countless other conquered planets groan under the numbing slavery of cruel new masters determined to exploit their resources -- most notably the addictive spice melange found only on Dune. But small bands of renegades begin to fight back, lighting the spark of freedom against overwhelming odds. New, unexpected heroes arise: young and resourceful Liet-Kynes on Dune, wily and patient C'tair on Ix, and unyielding Gurney Halleck on Giedi Prime, driven to vengeance against his Harkonnen overlords.
For Leto Atreides, grown complacent and comfortable as ruler of his House, it is a time of momentous choices: between love and honor, friendship and duty, safety and destiny. Leto has finally produced an heir to House Atreides, Victor, and will make whatever choices necessary to protect the young boy and ensure his legacy as Duke. Ultimately, however, for House Atreides there is just one choice -- strive for greatness or be crushed. (book description)
|Fearful of losing his precarious hold on the Golden Lion
Throne, Shaddam IV, Emperor of a Million Worlds, has devised a radical scheme to develop an
alternative to melange, the addictive spice that binds the Imperium together and that can be found
only on the desert world of Dune. In subterranean labs on the machine planet, Ix, cruel Tleilaxu
overlords use slaves and prisoners as part of a horrific plan to manufacture a synthetic form of
melange known as amal. If amal can supplant the spice from Dune, it will give Shaddam what he
seeks: absolute power.
But Duke Leto Atriedes, grief-stricken yet unbowed by the tragic death of his son Victor, determined to restore the honor and prestige of his House, has his own plans for Ix. He will free the Ixians from their oppressive conquerors and restore his friend Prince Rhombur, injured scion of the disgraced House Vernius, to his rightful place as Ixian ruler. It is a bold and risky venture, for House Atreides has limited military resources and many ruthless enemies, including the sadistic Baron Harkonnen, despotic master of Dune.
Meanwhile, Duke Leto's consort, the beautiful Lady Jessica, obeying the orders of her superiors in the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood, has conceived a child that the Sisterhood intends to be the penultimate step in the creation of an all-powerful being. Yet what the Sisterhood doesn't know is that the child Jessica is carrying is not the girl they are expecting, but a boy. Jessica's act of disobedience is an act of love -- her attempt to provide her Duke with a male heir to House Atreides -- but an act that, when discovered, could kill both mother and baby.
Like the Bene Gesserit, Shaddam Corrino is also concerned with making a plan for the future -- securing his legacy. Blinded by his need for power, the Emperor will launch a plot against Dune, the only natural source of true spice. If he succeeds, his madness will result in a cataclysmic tragedy not even he foresees: the end of space travel, the Imperium, and civilization itself. With Duke Leto and other renegades and revolutionaries fighting to stem the tide of darkness that threatens to engulf their universe, the stage is set for a showdown unlike any seen before. (book description)
First Timothy Zahn brought back the splendor of George Lucas’s magnificent Star Wars films in his New York Times bestselling trilogy. The adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia Organa have continued in novels by such authors as Barbara Hambly, Roger MacBride Allen, and Vonda N. McIntyre. Now Kevin J. Anderson, author of the New York Times bestselling Star Wars Jedi Academy trilogy, brings the epic full circle, taking us back to Luke’s planet, where it all
Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, cloaked by the Force and riding with the hostile Sand People, have returned to the dunes of the desert planet Tatooine in hopes of finding what Luke so desperately seeks: contact with Obi-Wan Kenobi. Luke is hoping the old Jedi Knight’s spirit will tell him how to help his love, Callista, regain her lost ability to use the Force.
Tormented and haunted, Luke cannot rest until Callista is a Jedi in the fullest sense, for only then will the link between their minds and souls be restored. Yet brewing on Tatooine is news that will shake Luke and Han and threaten everything they value. The disturbing piece of information is that evil Hutts, criminal warlords of the galaxy, are building a secret superweapon: a reconstruction of the original Death Star, to be named Darksaber. This planet-crushing power will be in the hands of Durga the
But there is worse news yet: the Empire lives. The beautiful Admiral Daala, still very much alive, and more driven than ever to destroy the Jedi, has joined forces with the defeated Pellaeon, former second in command to Grand Admiral Thrawn. Together they are marshaling Imperial Forces to wipe out the New Republic.
Now, as Luke, Han, Leia, Chewbacca, Artoo, and Threepio regroup to face these threats, they are joined by new Jedi Knights and Callista. Together they must fight on two fronts, outshooting and outsmarting the most formidable enemies in the galaxy. In Darksaber the Jedi are heading for the ultimate test of their
Personal note: I enjoyed this book, but found it to have some inconsistencies with other books that are already part of the Star Wars universe. There were also some rather gross departures from the laws of physics that detracted from the story. But, as I said, I did enjoy it, and I’m glad I read it. (book description)
|Pretty good, but not great. This book's major redeeming value is that it fills out the stories of the various bounty hunters. For that alone, I would recommend this book. A number of the stories were good, as well. If you're a Star Wars buff like I am, this is definitely a good book to read. The bounty hunters in this book include IG88, Dengar, Boskk, Zuckuss and 4-LOM, and, of course, Boba Fett.|
As the war between the Republic and the scattered remnants of the Empire continues, two
While Luke Skywalker takes the first step toward setting up an academy to train a new order of Jedi Knights, Han Solo and Chewbacca are taken prisoner on the planet Kessel and forced to work in the fathomless depths of a spice mine.
But when Han and Chewie break away, they flee desperately to a secret Imperial research laboratory surrounded by a cluster of black
On Kessel, Luke picks up the trail of his two friends, only to come face-to-face with a weapon so awesome, it can wipe out an entire solar system. It is a death ship called the Sun Crusher, invented by a reclusive genius and piloted by none other than Han himself! (book description)
As the New Republic takes devastating losses in the ongoing war with the scattered remnants of the Empire, the galaxy’s future depends on three small
While the New Republic struggles to decide what to do with the deadly Sun
As the New Republic continues its struggle for survival, a scattered but powerful remnant of the shattered Empire seeks to destroy three precious
Suspended helplessly between life and death, Luke Skywalker lies in state at Jedi academy. But on the spirit plane, Luke fights desperately for survival, reaching out psychically to the Jedi twins. At the same time, Leia is on a life-and-death mission of her own, a race against Imperial agents hoping to destroy a third Jedi
Meanwhile, Luke’s former protégé Kyp Durron has pirated the deadly Sun Crusher on an apocalyptic mission of mass destruction, convinced he is fighting for a just cause. Hunting down the rogue warrior, Han must persuade Kyp to renounce his dark crusade and regain his lost honor. To do it, Kyp must take the Sun Crusher on a suicide mission against the awesome Death Star
|When the empire died, they were born--Jacen and Jaina, a new hope for a New Republic. The young twins of Han Solo and Princess Leia are now 14-years-old and enrolled at Luke Skywalker's Jedi Academy. Together with friends both old and new, the future heroes of an already legendary saga begin their training. (From an Amazon.com review)|
|Driven away from Luke Skywalker's Jedi academy for pursuing the Dark Side of the Force, former student Brakiss masters his dark powers, establishes the Shadow Academy for aspiring Dark Jedis, and plots to kidnap the Solo twins. (From an Amazon.com review)|
|During a break in training, Jacen and Jaina are reunited with their old friend Zekk, an orphan living in the streets on their home planet of Coruscant. Young, wild, and free, Zekk has never had a care in the world -- until now. He sees the changes in his friends. Jacen and Jaina have learned so much, have grown in so many ways. Compared to them, he is only a lost little boy. However, a powerful being has seen his potential. Someone who knows about shame and jealousy -- and how to make use of them. Someone who knows that the dark side of the Force is especially attractive when you've got nothing to lose . . . (From a wordfire.com review)|
|With a new generation of Dark Jedi being trained at the Shadow Academy, Luke Skywalker decides that it is time for the young Jedi Knights of the New Republic to build their lightsabers, a task that brings both a growth in the power of the Force and deadly peril. (From an Amazon.com review)|
|Visiting their friend Lowbacca on the Wookie home world to help him prepare his younger sister for a terrifying rite of passage, Jedi twins Jacen and Jaina confront dark Jedi student Zekk, who is raiding the Wookie computer center. (From an Amazon.com review)|
|When an army of Dark Jedi and Imperial stormtroopers attack Luke Skywalker's Jedi academy, students Jacen and Jaina, accompanied by their master and friends, begin a desperate fight. (From an Amazon.com review)|
|Setting off to the devastated Alderaan system in the hopes of salvaging a piece of the lost planet for their mother, twins Jacen and Jaina are surprised when a long-believed-dead enemy of their family returns for revenge. (From an Amazon.com review)|
|When a fellow Jedi student, who holds the key to a New Republic secret coalition, turns up missing, the young Jedi Knights race across the galaxy to find him and are forced to confront a deadly enemy. (From an Amazon.com review)|
|As the young Jedi Knights continue their search for Raynor Thul's father, they turn for assistance to a dangerous resource, the reprogrammed assassin droid IG-88, a fearsome bounty hunter that the young Jedis may or may not have under control. (From an Amazon.com review)|
|Lowbacca has left the Jedi academy and traveled to the planet Ryloth, headquarters of the Diversity Alliance, to see what the Alliance is really all about. On Yavin 4, Jacen, Jaina and the other young Jedi Knights have already discovered one truth about the Alliance--once you go to Ryloth, you either join, or you die. Lowie is in great danger, and they must rescue him. But what can a small group of humans do against a planet full of hostile aliens? (From an Amazon.com review)|
|Bornan Thul's secret is out: he's protecting a deadly plague that could devastate the galaxy if released. And the evil Nolaa Tarkona--leader of the Diversity Alliance--knows where it is hidden. Now Jacen, Jaina and their allies must race against time. As a massive battle rages between New Republic soldiers and the forces of the Diversity Alliance, the young Jedi Knights must find and destroy the plague before it can be released. (From an Amazon.com review)|
|Han Solo's past is about to catch up with him. When he and the twins take the "Millennium Falcon" to Ord Mantell for a high-speed race, they meet a battle-hungry young woman wielding a lightsaber. Her name is Anja Gallandra, and she knows more about Han's history than he likes. But Anja Gallandra guards an even more devastating secret for the entire Solo family. (From an Amazon.com review)|
|Lando Calrissian offer the twins a rare opportunity--a vacation on Cloud City. They jump at the chance, as long as their mysterious new friend Anja Gallandro can come along. Anja is happy to be included. But little do the twins know that they are actually helping Anja hatch her sinister plan. A plan that goes far deeper than simple revenge. (From an Amazon.com review)|
|Anja Gallandro planned to destroy the Solo family. But now she fights an intense inner battle--against her increasing spice addiction, and her growing friendship with Jacen and Jaina. In desperation for spice, she steals a ship and flees the Jedi academy. The young Jedi Knights follow her from the spice mines of Kessel to the dangerous beauty of Crystal Reef--where an even more sinister plan is hatching... (From an Amazon.com review)|