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Kevin J. Anderson

Autor(a) de Dune: House Atreides

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About the Author

Kevin J. Anderson was born on March 27, 1962. Before becoming a full-time author, he worked in California for twelve years as a technical writer and editor at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. His science fiction books include Resurrection, Inc., the Star Wars Jedi Academy Trilogy, the mostrar mais Young Jedi Knights series, Ground Zero, Ruins, Climbing Olympus, Blindfold, and The Dark Between the Stars. He has also written several books with Doug Beason including Ignition, Virtual Destruction, Fallout, and Ill Wind. (Bowker Author Biography) Kevin J. Anderson has written twenty seven bestsellers and has been nominated for the Nebula Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the SFX Reader's Choice Award. He also holds the Guinness world record for "The Largest Single-Author Signing". (Publisher Provided) mostrar menos
Disambiguation Notice:

(eng) The penname Gabriel Moesta is used by both Kevin J. Anderson and his wife Rebecca Moesta, and therefore should not be combined with either.

Séries

Obras por Kevin J. Anderson

Dune: House Atreides (1999) 3,738 exemplares
Prodigal Son (2005) — Autor — 3,333 exemplares
Dune: House Harkonnen (2000) 3,096 exemplares
The Butlerian Jihad (2002) — Autor — 2,959 exemplares
Dune: House Corrino (2001) 2,806 exemplares
Jedi Search (1994) 2,554 exemplares
The Machine Crusade (2003) 2,439 exemplares
Dark Apprentice (1994) 2,369 exemplares
Champions Of The Force (1994) 2,278 exemplares
The Battle of Corrin (2004) 2,212 exemplares
Hunters of Dune (2006) 2,121 exemplares
Sandworms of Dune (2007) 1,821 exemplares
Darksaber (1995) 1,814 exemplares
Hidden Empire (2002) 1,665 exemplares
Tales of the Bounty Hunters (1996) — Editor; Contribuidor — 1,440 exemplares
Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina (1995) — Editor — 1,394 exemplares
Paul of Dune (2008) 1,289 exemplares
Tales from Jabba's Palace (1995) — Editor; Contribuidor — 1,271 exemplares
A Forest of Stars (2003) 1,134 exemplares
The Road to Dune (2005) 1,101 exemplares
Horizon Storms (2004) 1,027 exemplares
Ground Zero (1995) — Autor — 990 exemplares
The Winds of Dune (2009) 960 exemplares
Ruins (1996) — Autor — 912 exemplares
Scattered Suns (2005) 898 exemplares
Heirs of the Force (1995) 893 exemplares
Blood Lite (2008) — Editor — 879 exemplares
Of Fire and Night (2006) 817 exemplares
Metal Swarm (2007) 763 exemplares
Shadow Academy (1995) 706 exemplares
The Ashes of Worlds (2008) 688 exemplares
The Lost Ones (1995) 667 exemplares
Lightsabers (1995) 650 exemplares
Antibodies (1997) 648 exemplares
Jedi Under Siege (1996) 597 exemplares
Sisterhood of Dune (2012) — Autor — 585 exemplares
Shards Of Alderaan (1997) 560 exemplares
Darkest Knight (1996) 558 exemplares
Diversity Alliance (1997) 486 exemplares
Delusions Of Grandeur (1997) 475 exemplares
Jedi Bounty (1997) 449 exemplares
The Emperor's Plague (1998) 434 exemplares
Return To Ord Mantell (1998) 422 exemplares
The Last Days of Krypton (2007) 420 exemplares
Crisis At Crystal Reef (1998) 415 exemplares
Trouble On Cloud City (1998) 412 exemplares
Ill Wind (1995) 406 exemplares
The Edge of the World (2009) 374 exemplares
Hellhole (2011) 370 exemplares
Mentats of Dune (2014) — Autor — 367 exemplares
Clockwork Angels (2012) 332 exemplares
Navigators of Dune (2016) 294 exemplares
The Dark Between the Stars (2014) 292 exemplares
Death Warmed Over (2012) 266 exemplares
Assemblers of Infinity (1993) 256 exemplares
Enemies & Allies (2009) 255 exemplares
Captain Nemo (2002) 243 exemplares
War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches (1997) — Editor — 230 exemplares
Blood Lite II: Overbite (2010) — Editor; Contribuidor — 213 exemplares
Blood Lite III: Aftertaste (2012) — Editor — 203 exemplares
The Jedi Academy Trilogy (1994) 193 exemplares
The Map of All Things (2010) 191 exemplares
Resurrection Inc. (1988) 179 exemplares
Climbing Olympus (1994) 178 exemplares
Ignition (1996) 176 exemplares
Hopscotch (2002) 171 exemplares
Hellhole: Awakening (2013) 161 exemplares
Virtual Destruction (1996) 159 exemplares
Nebula Awards Showcase 2011 (2011) — Editor — 150 exemplares
Gamearth (1989) 149 exemplares
Clockwork Lives (2015) 148 exemplares
Island Realm (2006) 143 exemplares
Star Wars Omnibus: Tales of the Jedi, Volume 1 (2007) — Autor — 138 exemplares
Fallout (1997) 129 exemplares
Jedi Shadow (2002) 128 exemplares
The Key to Creation (2011) 126 exemplares
Blindfold (1995) 123 exemplares
Blood of the Cosmos (2015) 122 exemplares
Lethal Exposure (1998) 120 exemplares
Dune: The Lady of Caladan (2021) 117 exemplares
Veiled Alliances [graphic novel] (2004) 115 exemplares
Spine of the Dragon (2019) 114 exemplares
Unnatural Acts (2012) 113 exemplares
Lifeline (1990) 113 exemplares
Fantastic Voyage: Microcosm (2001) 108 exemplares
Hellhole Inferno (2014) 103 exemplares
Star Wars Omnibus: Tales of the Jedi, Volume 2 (2008) — Autor — 101 exemplares
The Trinity Paradox (2014) 95 exemplares
Artifact (2003) 84 exemplares
A Fantastic Holiday Season: The Gift of Stories (2014) — Editor — 83 exemplares
Hair Raising (2013) 77 exemplares
Gameplay (1989) 75 exemplares
The Rise of the Shadow Academy (1995) 75 exemplares
Game's End (1990) 74 exemplares
Dune: The Heir of Caladan (2022) 70 exemplares
Star Wars Tales Omnibus (1996) 69 exemplares
The Gorn Crisis (2000) 64 exemplares
Dune: House Atreides Volume 1 (2021) — Writer — 61 exemplares
The Dragon Business (2013) 60 exemplares
Tau Ceti (2011) 55 exemplares
Slan & Slan Hunter (2007) — Contribuidor — 55 exemplares
Titan A.E.: Akima's Story (2000) 49 exemplares
2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush (2016) — Editor; Contribuidor — 48 exemplares
Sky Realm (2008) 46 exemplares
Slimy Underbelly (1639) 45 exemplares
Under Black Sun (1999) 44 exemplares
Working Stiff (2015) 43 exemplares
Highest Score (1996) 43 exemplares
Titan A.E.: Cale's Story (2000) 42 exemplares
Uncharted (Arcane America) (2018) 42 exemplares
Kill Zone (2019) 35 exemplares
Stakeout at the Vampire Circus (2012) 34 exemplares
Afterimage (1992) — Autor — 34 exemplares
Born of Elven Blood (1761) 32 exemplares
Gods and Dragons (2022) 32 exemplares
The X-Files: Night Lights (1997) 31 exemplares
Vengewar (2021) 29 exemplares
Jabba's Palace Pop-up Book (1996) 26 exemplares
Dune: House Atreides Volume 3 (2022) — Writer — 25 exemplares
Veiled Alliances [novella] (2011) 22 exemplares
Dogged Persistence (2001) 22 exemplares
Road Kill (2013) 19 exemplares
The X-Files, Volume Two (2005) 19 exemplares
The Best of Penny Dread Tales (2014) — Editor — 19 exemplares
Clockwork Destiny (2022) 18 exemplares
JSA: Strange Adventures (2010) 18 exemplares
Landscapes (2006) 15 exemplares
Stake (2019) 15 exemplares
Predator Omnibus Volume 4 (2008) 14 exemplares
Tastes Like Chicken (2017) 13 exemplares
Dune: The Faces of a Martyr (2004) 12 exemplares
Alternitech (2013) 12 exemplares
Drumbeats (Expanded Edition) (2010) 12 exemplares
Services Rendered (2018) 12 exemplares
The Orc's Treasure (2005) 11 exemplares
Naughty and Nice (2013) 11 exemplares
Comrades in Arms (2014) 10 exemplares
Grumpy Old Monsters (2004) 9 exemplares
Drumbeats (2020) 9 exemplares
Afterimage [and] Aftershock (1857) 7 exemplares
A Fantastic Holiday Season (Volume 1) (1600) — Editor; Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
X-Files Classics: Ground Zero (2015) 7 exemplares
Dune: A Whisper of Caladan Seas #1 (2021) — Writer; Writer — 7 exemplares
Monsters, Movies, and Mayhem: 23 All-New Tales (2020) — Editor — 6 exemplares
Skeleton in the Closet (2023) 6 exemplares
The X-Files: Ground Zero #1 (1997) 5 exemplares
Pulse Pounders (2015) — Editor — 5 exemplares
Escape Hatch (2018) 5 exemplares
ZOMNIBUS (2017) 4 exemplares
XCOM 2: FACTIONS (2018) 4 exemplares
The X-Files: Ground Zero #4 (1998) 4 exemplares
Prisoner of War (2018) 4 exemplares
Dune: House Atreides #3 (2020) — Autor — 4 exemplares
The X-Files: Ground Zero #2 (1998) 4 exemplares
A Whisper of Caladan Seas (1999) 4 exemplares
Frog Kiss {short story} (2010) 4 exemplares
Double-Booked (2022) 4 exemplares
The X-Files: Ground Zero #3 (1998) 4 exemplares
Clockwork Angels #1 (2014) 4 exemplares
Mythical Creatures (2011) 4 exemplares
Star Wars: Jedi Academy: Leviathan #3 (1998) — Autor — 4 exemplares
Clockwork Angels #4 3 exemplares
Clockwork Angels #6 (2014) 3 exemplares
Selected Stories: Fantasy (2018) 3 exemplares
Clockwork Angels #2 (2014) 3 exemplares
Slimy Chicken Zomnibus (2019) 3 exemplares
Le chevalier de la nuit (1998) 3 exemplares
Three Military SF Novellas (2019) 3 exemplares
Dune 3 exemplares
Stalag-X (2018) 3 exemplares
Dark Discoveries - Issue #28 (2014) 3 exemplares
Star Wars: Jedi Academy: Leviathan #2 (1998) — Autor — 3 exemplares
Hexworld: Roll (2021) 3 exemplares
The Funny Business (2023) 3 exemplares
Star Wars: Jedi Academy: Leviathan #4 (1999) — Autor — 3 exemplares
Dune: House Atreides #2 (2020) — Autor — 3 exemplares
Mammoth Dawn (2015) 3 exemplares
Budowniczowie nieskończoności (1997) 2 exemplares
Bats in the Belfry (2023) 2 exemplares
Zérópont (1996) 2 exemplares
The Clockwork Boxed Set (2020) 2 exemplares
Play: Hexworld, Book 2 (2022) 2 exemplares
Pulse Pounders: Adrenaline (2017) — Editor — 2 exemplares
Star Wars: Jedi Academy: Leviathan #1 (1998) — Autor — 2 exemplares
Canals in the Sand 2 exemplares
Predator: Primal #1 of 2 (1997) 2 exemplares
Predator: Primal #2 of 2 (1997) 2 exemplares
A Delicate Balance 2 exemplares
Tide Pools 2 exemplares
Clockwork Angels #3 (2014) 2 exemplares
Clockwork Angels #5 (2014) 2 exemplares
Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi: Redemption #5 - Master (1998) — Autor — 2 exemplares
Horizon’s Storm 1 exemplar
Bane of the Sith 1 exemplar
Slan Hunter Part 1 1 exemplar
Star Wars Jedi Arayisi (2009) 1 exemplar
Star Wars Karanlik Çirak (2010) 1 exemplar
Blood Oasis 1 exemplar
Write Good or Die 1 exemplar
Dune: The Waters of Kanly #4 (2022) — Writer — 1 exemplar
Job Qualifications (2010) 1 exemplar
Identity Crisis 1 exemplar
Loincloth 1 exemplar
The Saga of the Seven Suns (2002) 1 exemplar
Tucker's Grove (2011) 1 exemplar
Dark Carbuncle — Autor — 1 exemplar
Prisons 1 exemplar
Hexworld 2: Play (2021) 1 exemplar
Alien Landscapes 1 1 exemplar
Nebula 2011 1 exemplar
Statues {short story} (2015) 1 exemplar
Akademia Ciemnej Strony (1997) 1 exemplar
Najciemniejszy rycerz (1998) 1 exemplar
Iskra (1998) 1 exemplar
The Hind 1 exemplar
Predator: Primal 1 exemplar
EL TESORO DEL ORCO (2005) 1 exemplar
Joe Ledger: Unbreakable (2023) 1 exemplar
Death Of The Hind 1 exemplar
Explosão atómica (1997) 1 exemplar
Dark Labyrinth 2 1 exemplar
The SFX Files (1995) 1 exemplar
Roll: Hexworld, Book 1 (2021) 1 exemplar
End: Hexworld, Book 3 (2022) 1 exemplar
The X Files Ruins 1 exemplar
Scattered Suns #4 1 exemplar
Horizon Storms #3 1 exemplar
Nulta tocka (1997) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Slan (1946) — Introdução, algumas edições1,633 exemplares
The Ultimate Dracula (1991) — Contribuidor — 480 exemplares
Shadowed Souls (2016) — Contribuidor — 335 exemplares
By Blood We Live (2009) — Contribuidor — 296 exemplares
Federations (2009) — Contribuidor — 207 exemplares
Star Wars: The New Essential Chronology (2005) — Contribuidor — 203 exemplares
Spy killer (2009) — Prefácio, algumas edições194 exemplares
Under the Black Ensign (Stories from the Golden Age) (1935) — Prefácio, algumas edições191 exemplares
The Ultimate Werewolf (1992) — Contribuidor — 183 exemplares
Elemental (2006) — Contribuidor — 175 exemplares
Full Spectrum 3 (1991) — Contribuidor — 163 exemplares
The Monster's Corner (2011) — Contribuidor — 159 exemplares
Peter S. Beagle's Immortal Unicorn (1995) — Contribuidor — 147 exemplares
Infinite Stars (2017) — Contribuidor — 141 exemplares
Renaissance Faire (2005) — Contribuidor — 138 exemplares
The Ultimate Dragon (1995) — Contribuidor — 135 exemplares
Nebula Awards Showcase 2010 (2010) — Contribuidor — 133 exemplares
Branded Outlaw (Stories from the Golden Age) (2008) — Prefácio, algumas edições125 exemplares
Peter S. Beagle's Immortal Unicorn: Volume 2 (1999) — Contribuidor — 122 exemplares
Exploring the Matrix: Visions of the Cyber Present (2003) — Contribuidor — 120 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 13 (1986) — Contribuidor — 120 exemplares
Full Spectrum (1988) — Contribuidor — 119 exemplares
Fantastic Hope (2020) — Contribuidor — 117 exemplares
If I were you (2008) — Prefácio, algumas edições111 exemplares
Full Spectrum 4 (1993) — Contribuidor — 106 exemplares
Nebula Awards Showcase 2007 (2007) — Contribuidor — 106 exemplares
Unfettered III: New Tales by Masters of Fantasy (2019) — Contribuidor — 104 exemplares
Dark Duets: All-New Tales of Horror and Dark Fantasy (2014) — Contribuidor — 100 exemplares
Project Solar Sail (1990) — Contribuidor — 99 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of New Jules Verne Adventures (2005) — Contribuidor — 98 exemplares
Trust No One (2015) — Contribuidor — 87 exemplares
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume XXIII (2007) — Contribuidor — 85 exemplares
Timeshares (2010) — Contribuidor — 82 exemplares
Dark Delicacies III: Haunted (2009) — Contribuidor — 80 exemplares
Futureshocks (2006) — Contribuidor — 80 exemplares
Hotel Andromeda (1994) — Contribuidor — 79 exemplares
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume XX (2004) — Contribuidor — 76 exemplares
Frankenstein: Prodigal Son / City of Night / Dead and Alive (2010) — Co-Author — 75 exemplares
Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! (2011) — Contribuidor — 73 exemplares
The Ultimate Zombie (1993) — Contribuidor — 71 exemplares
Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers (2019) — Contribuidor — 65 exemplares
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume 31 (2015) — Contribuidor — 65 exemplares
Pandora's Closet (2007) — Contribuidor — 63 exemplares
New Destinies, Volume 8, Fall 1989 (1989) — Contribuidor — 60 exemplares
Nanodreams (1995) — Contribuidor — 55 exemplares
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume IX (1993) — Contribuidor — 50 exemplares
The Future We Wish We Had (2007) — Contribuidor — 47 exemplares
David Copperfield's Beyond Imagination (1996) — Contribuidor — 46 exemplares
Fantasy for Good: A Charitable Anthology (2014) — Contribuidor — 45 exemplares
Time Twisters (2007) — Contribuidor — 45 exemplares
Shock Rock II (1994) — Contribuidor — 45 exemplares
The Madness of Cthulhu, Volume Two (2015) — Contribuidor — 44 exemplares
The Silver Gryphon (2003) — Autor — 41 exemplares
The Professor Was a Thief (2009) — Prefácio, algumas edições36 exemplares
Predator: If It Bleeds (2017) — Contribuidor — 35 exemplares
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume 38 (2022) — Contribuidor — 34 exemplares
Cargo of Coffins (2009)algumas edições33 exemplares
Space Cadets (2006) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
Obsessions (1991) — Contribuidor, algumas edições29 exemplares
V Wars: Blood and Fire: New Stories of the Vampire Wars (2014) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
Millennium 3001 (2006) — Contribuidor — 27 exemplares
Streets of Shadows (1656) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
Untold Adventures: A Dungeons & Dragons Anthology (2011) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
Planet of the Apes: Tales from the Forbidden Zone (2017) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
Sabotage in the Sky (2009) — Prefácio, algumas edições25 exemplares
Unidentified Funny Objects 3 (2014) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares
The UFO Files (1998) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
X-Files Classics, Volume 3 (2014) — Autor — 19 exemplares
The Best of Jim Baen's Universe II (2008) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
MECH: Age of Steel (2017) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume 39 (2023) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares
Hardboiled Horror (2017) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
Fantastic Tales of Terror: History's Darkest Secrets (2018) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
Analog Science Fiction and Fact: Vol. CXX, No. 9 (September 2000) (2000) — Autor, algumas edições11 exemplares
Bridge Across the Stars: A Sci-Fi Bridge Original Anthology (2018) — Prefácio, algumas edições11 exemplares
Decision Points (2016) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
Overruled! (2020) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
Rat Tales (1994) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Tesseracts Sixteen: Parnassus Unbound (2012) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Like Water for Quarks (2011) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 75 • August 2016 (2016) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Scales and Tales: Finding Forever Homes (2016) — Autor, algumas edições6 exemplares
Metastasis: An Anthology to Support Cancer Research (2013) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Fantastic Detectives (2014) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Heroes Reborn: Collection Two (2016) 5 exemplares
Five Mex for a Million (2007) — Prefácio, algumas edições4 exemplares
StarShipSofa Stories Volume 3 — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Amazing Stories Vol. 71, No. 2 [Summer 1999] (1999) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Dead Detectives Society #1 (2023) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Naughty or Nice: A Holiday Anthology (2015) — Autor — 2 exemplares
Daily Science Fiction: July 2018 (2018) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Daily Science Fiction: April 2018 (2018) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Infected: Tales to Read at Home — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Daily Science Fiction: March 2018 (2018) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Daily Science Fiction: September 2013 (2013) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar

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Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Anderson, Kevin James
Outros nomes
Anderson, K. J.
Mesta, Gabriel
Data de nascimento
1962-03-27
Sexo
male
Nacionalidade
USA
Local de nascimento
Racine, Wisconsin, USA
Locais de residência
Oregon, Wisconsin, USA
Monument, Colorado, USA
Educação
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Ocupações
Technical Writer
editor
science fiction writer
Relações
Moesta, Rebecca (wife)
Organizações
Superstars Writing Seminar (cofounder)
Prémios e menções honrosas
Guinness World Record (largest single-author signing, 1998)
Scribe Award (Grandmaster, Faust Award, 2012)
Agente
John Silbersack
Nota de desambiguação
The penname Gabriel Moesta is used by both Kevin J. Anderson and his wife Rebecca Moesta, and therefore should not be combined with either.

Membros

Discussions

Críticas

Väga hea raamat, kui kaks täiesti mõttetut lugu (Michael Bishop ja Richard Bowes) välja arvata. Ja meeldiv on tõdeda, et Nebula saajate ning nominentide hulgas on ka nii palju naisi - tervelt viis!
Mõned asjad lugesin pärast lõpetamist kohe uuesti üle, mälu värskendamise mõttes, et kas ikka olid nii head (Kij Johnson, Will McIntosh, Ted Kosmatka). Olid küll. Soovitan soojalt!
 
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sashery | 2 outras críticas | Jan 29, 2024 |
SF. an X-Files novel. Only fair comic book stuff.
 
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derailer | 6 outras críticas | Jan 25, 2024 |
Meh. It was interesting to see how some things from [b:Dune|234225|Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1)|Frank Herbert|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1434908555s/234225.jpg|3634639] began. But overall, the book felt too long for too little narrative progress. And (as I had suspected would be the case) it just didn't have that special something that made Dune an instant classic. I don't think I'll be following up with any of the books in this series.
 
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Treebeard_404 | 36 outras críticas | Jan 23, 2024 |
This is more 3.5 stars but I am rounding it to four.

This was a book I had my eye on for a long, long time. Due to the very present critique of this series I was postponing actual start on it until few days back and I have to say, considering what the book is, it is not bad one. But does it match up with Herbert's original works? I have to say no, but then again Herbert, after Children of Dune in my opinion, could never match up with his own earlier works.

So what is this book about......

Book is about the beginning of the Dune society (as we know it from original Dune novel) - we are given world where lines are drawn between humans (League) and thinking machines (Synchronized Worlds). These two are in constant struggle with each other, humans fighting to survive and machines exercising their muscles to eradicate the humans using Cymeks, cybernetic organisms (basically various combat vehicles and armor to which [human] operator's brain is attached to so they can do switcheroo whenever required - Cyberpunk folks' wet dream) at the forefront of their legions. First amongst the Cymeks are Titans, group of humans who took control of old human empire (thousands of years before this story begins) but were such an a**hole group in general that AI they inadvertently created crossed them and took power itself, making Titans its servants, basically conquering generals.

One of the comments I usually hear is why would robots and AIs behave the way they behave? Well.... considering they were created by humans with all the biases but also very rational thought process (I mean this is why AI is created, right, not for discussing weather channel) is it surprising that machines would determine at some point that humans are just sort of a ballast for further progress? I mean, do we need to doubt that machines would think like that when even today you have so many anti-humanists amongst humans that are all very "rational" but ready to see couple of billion under ground for the betterment of all? So, no, I do not think that machines would be any better than their makers when it comes to coping with conflict with biological forms. Very soon they would develop equivalent of emotions and with it all nasty things like aggression and violence. I mean it is all part of the nature (and one reason I cannot figure out why are we speeding uncontrollably to create AI without any idea why (except why not)..... it is like breeding new biological species that can outsmart us, outpace us and generally wipe us out just to have us say hey, we did it! Wait, biological weapons are that something - right? Hmm....) and to expect that any living organism (biological or not) would act differently is wishful thinking.

So, to say that is a fantastic part here ...... nope, pretty normal and expected.

Then we get to Titans and Cymeks. These guys and gals are borderline psychopaths and few comments are there saying they are so off chart they seem like cackling bad guys from every cartoon or low budget SF. So lets put this into perspective - these are people that took over power from the old empire, subjugated everyone, for all means and purposes became immortal (went through the life longevity extension process), later found out they can extract themselves (brains) and basically use any combat vehicle- ground, air or space - to roam around and destroy things with impunity, become synonym with divinity and basically answer to no-one and start considering the ordinary humans as livestock? So, basically, minus the immortality and cybernetic bodies we are talking about all these Metuselah's that run the world politics nowadays? And treat the rest of us like unwashed masses?

This part of the story is very realistic, if not the most realistic part of the book. If it weren't for the last few years I would be wondering, but now.... oh, no, no doubt at all. And they do not even need to be Metuselah level old, just look at all the righteous amongst us (they would shame Inquisition). So, in short, very believable.

On the other hand you have Humanity, split across the League of Nobles and Unaligned worlds. Here we have a more nuanced view of this future society. While they no longer use highly capable machines (for reasons apparent) thy do have some technology available and can build ground mechanization and airplanes and space ships, armor etc. But at the core they are feudal - reason being that without machines they need to use biological machines (people) for same production results (I especially enjoyed the mathematical calculation pipeline). Because of this (and lets be honest no ruling body wants to pay if they do not need to) population is stratified into ruling class and worker class, but depending on the level of enlightenment mentioned worker classes can be wither actual worker classes or out of the box slaves (as they keep saying in the book, necessary evil). And although feudal, this society, interestingly, seems to be more or less without the large religious structure and influence (so unlike Dune as we know it). Nobody cites the equivalent of Orange Bible, even witches from Rossak are more practical psykers then religiously oriented people. Only ones with very strong religious feeling are people everybody is hunting down for the conceived act of treason and cowardice - Zensunni's and Zenshiite's.

Here we have some very interesting element that is unfortunately present in our times again and again - dehumanization. You see, to have slaves you need to have reason for their existence. In this society reason is punishment of the above mentioned Zensunni's and Zenshiite's because they did not confront Titans when these took over control (because, you know peace loving is always dangerous). So, as it usually goes (hmmm, again those last few years) they went from cowards to slaves, because that is where they belong because they betrayed the humanity (man, again those last few years).

And when this happens, when one part of humanity is ostracized, new work positions open - for people to hunt them and sell them and unfortunately use them for some other sick purposes (enter the Tleilaxu).

All in all book does give a very interesting overview of human society with all its shortcomings. It is much more vivid and, well, interesting to read about. Parts about Arakis and nomads (Zensunni's) that will become a blood thirsty legions of Paul Atreides, are great, especially taking into account that they start as peace loving and violence avoiding people.

All taken into account, very interesting world building takes place.

But the Achilles' heel of the book is scope. It is humongous because author's try to put everything in, thinking machines, Titans, League of Nobles, initial creation of Benne Gesserit (witches from Rossak) initial dealings with the Arrakis' melange, initial development of Fremen movement, origins of Atreides, origins of Harkonnen, how Butlerian Jihad got triggered (Iblis is such a good character) with major battles in between, conflicts and insights into both thinking machine and human civilization (Erazmus the crazy robot, Tio Holtzman and Norma Cenva) to name just the few.

There is materiel here for at least 10 books with average length of maybe 300 pages.

I guess author's decided that would be too long and too much so they compressed this and as a result we are given hundreds of pages of short, very to the point, chapters but no space to properly put everything into words. This is why everything ends up rather clumsy (especially when compared to Frank Herbert's books [again ending with Children of the Dune, those after it feel like reading a phone book]). Thankfully we do not end up with constant mumbo-jumbo that marked the Dune books after the Children of the Dune, but we end up with extreme, very short, almost news-reporter-like chapters where even epic scenes like battle of Earth are given in some weird what-ah?-ummmm-taddaaaa-done approach.

So for those looking for meaning of life and high philosophy from SF setting - look elsewhere. You will definitely not like this series.

For those who look for interesting story and characters and can handle a bit clumsy approach to the story telling I would recommend the book, it is fun and interesting ride.
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