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The Godmakers por Frank Herbert
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The Godmakers (original 1972; edição 1972)

por Frank Herbert (Autor)

Séries: Dune (prelude)

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On the edge of a war-weary and devastated galaxy, charismatic Lewis Orne has landed on Hamal. His assignment: to detect any signs of latent aggression in this planet's population. To his astonishment, he finds that his own latent extrasensory powers have suddenly blossomed, and he is invited to join the company of "gods" on this planet-and the people here place certain expectations on their gods.The Godmakers is an expansion of four short stories written from 1958-1960. It is an exploration of the concepts of war and peace, government and relgion.… (mais)
Membro:NickR007
Título:The Godmakers
Autores:Frank Herbert (Autor)
Informação:Berkley (1972), Edition: Later Printing
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The Godmakers por Frank Herbert (1972)

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    themulhern: Two radically different novels about the business of reclaiming/rediscovering/reuniting with planets that were lost during a great interstellar war.
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Yet more evidence that Dune was the pinnacle of Herbert's science fiction career, and the majority of the rest of his books are pale reflections of the themes in that series or, to a lesser extent, the ConSentiency series. In stuff that predates Dune, like all of these short stories or Destination: Void, you can see him fumbling around with ideas and appreciate how much he raised his game for Dune. For stuff that antedates Dune, like Hellstrom's Hive, it's weird how much less insightful his treatments seem, with worse characters, lamer plots, and all-around loss of energy. Not that Dune isn't an incredible series, but I can't help mentally comparing these journeyman efforts to those of someone like Asimov, who didn't slow down until decades after Foundation and whose side projects in his prime were still excellent and fresh. Anyway....

Lewis Orne starts off as an agent of Rediscovery & Reeducation, a goverment organization dedicated to finding human worlds that have lost contact with the mass of humanity after an intragalactic war. If the planets seem martial, he's supposed to alert his supervisors at the Investigation-Adjustment bureau so they can come pacify the planet, ensuring that no further large destructive wars threaten the survival of the species. He's really good at his job and rescues the crew of a ship captured by a planet under investigation, so he gets promoted to a full I-A agent, whereupon he gets injured in the line of duty and sent home to recuperate. While home, he foils the conspiracy of breed of super-clever women to control galactic politics, discovers he's got psionic potential, and then undergoes a lengthy series of apotheosis procedures to literally become a god and teach humanity the true meaning of life and growth and reality, etc.

Stuff that gets recapitulated in Dune:
- The female breeding program/conspiracy, as the Bene Gesserit
- Goofy religious mysticism, including the idea of designing religions for lesser peoples
- The idea that enforcing false peace will only lead to greater wars
- Spacey drug talk about false binaries, things requiring their opposites, infinite change, the impossibility of trying to impose thought matrices on the universe, etc.
- The agents and their organizations are clearly dry runs of the BuSab in the ConSentiency series

Enjoyable enough though, and a quick read. ( )
  aaronarnold | May 11, 2021 |
Frank Herbert is the author of the Dune books but this book is a totally separate universe. Lewis Orne is monitoring a planet that was once devastated by war. His job is to detect any sign that war might restart. Because of his extrasensory powers he comes to the attention of the "gods" and is invited to join them. ( )
1 vote gypsysmom | Aug 17, 2017 |
A visit to the idea of bending people to your will, if you can control the inputs. As usual there will be consequences. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Mar 18, 2017 |
Frank Herbert's favourite word was "prescience". The stories that make up the novel were published a few years before Dune although the novel wasn't published until 1972.

This explains the structure. The first half of the book consists of a bunch of episodes of detection, kind of like Asimov's "I, Robot" stories which involve the two cowboy robot detectives. The second half is like Dune-lite, as the character develops the power of prescience. The whole book resembles Dune in the deepities which are sprinkled at the start of each chapter. If I were fifteen, I would have bought into the tough talk of the planet-adjusting cowboys, but not any more.

I seem to remember that in "Count Zero", someone gets blown up and then regrown in a vat. A bit more dramatic than the fate of the protagonist in this book. ( )
1 vote themulhern | Dec 6, 2016 |
Sadly, it's another book I didn't like too much. I picked up this 1972 copy of this out-of-print book because I'd never read anything by Herbert except the first 5 'Dune' books, and thought I'd check out a non-related work. Unfortunately, this book has none of the complexity or depth of 'Dune.'
'The Godmakers' gives us Lewis Orne, an agent for a military-style organization that is charged with enforcing peace. After a disastrous interstellar war, no sign of warlike qualities in a culture will be tolerated - and any sign of an incipient militaristic attitude would justify blasting that civilization out of existence.
The first half of the book shows us Orne in a series of episodic missions to different planets, basically swaggering around chauvinistically (yeah, yeah, we KNOW you don't like women running your life... get over it already) and saving the day.
Then, suddenly, Orne develops psi powers, and travels to the religious planet of Amel, where they decide that he has the remarkable potential to be a 'god.' Orne now must undergo psychic training ordeals... What will he do with his new and unprecedented power?
Herbert was very obviously trying to make several philosophical statements regarding peace vs. war (and the irony/futility of trying to enforce peace through military action), and religion - but the writing here is too choppy for it to seem more than awkward... ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
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On the edge of a war-weary and devastated galaxy, charismatic Lewis Orne has landed on Hamal. His assignment: to detect any signs of latent aggression in this planet's population. To his astonishment, he finds that his own latent extrasensory powers have suddenly blossomed, and he is invited to join the company of "gods" on this planet-and the people here place certain expectations on their gods.The Godmakers is an expansion of four short stories written from 1958-1960. It is an exploration of the concepts of war and peace, government and relgion.

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