This Mass Market Boxed Set contains the three volumes of the Legends of Dune:
Dune: The Butlerian Jihad, 0-765-34077-1
Dune: The Machine Crusade, 0-765-34078-X
Dune: The Battle of Corrin, 0-765-34079-8
Dune: The Butlerian Jihad
Frank Herbert's Dune series is one of the great creations of imaginative literature, science fiction's answer to The Lord of the Rings.
Decades after Herbert's original novels, the Dune saga was continued by Frank Herbert's son, Brian Herbert, in collaboration with Kevin J. Anderson. Working from Frank Herbert's own notes, the acclaimed authors reveal the chapter of the Dune saga most eagerly anticipated by readers: the Butlerian Jihad.
Throughout the Dune novels, Frank Herbert frequently referred to the war in which humans wrested their freedom from "thinking machines." 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; 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. . . .
Dune: The Machine Crusade
More than two decades have passed since the events chronicled in Dune: 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 Omniusas 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.
Dune: The Battle of Corrin
It has been fifty-six hard years since the events of Dune: 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 planets . . . and once again, the tide of the titanic struggle shifts against the warriors of the human race. At last, the war that has lasted many lifetimes will be decided in the apocalyptic Battle of Corrin.
In the greatest battle in science fiction history, human and machine face off one last time. . . . And on the desert planet of Arrakis, the legendary Fremen of Dune become the feared fighting force to be discovered by Paul Muad'Dib in Frank Herbert's classic, Dune.
About the Author
Brian Herbert, the author of numerous novels and short stories, has been critically acclaimed by leading reviewers in the United States and around the world. The eldest son of science fiction superstar Frank Herbert, he, with Kevin J. Anderson, is the author of Hellhole and continues his father's beloved Dune series with books including The Winds of Dune, House Atreides, Sandworms of Dune, among other bestsellers. He also wrote a biography of his father, Dreamer of Dune. Herbert graduated from high school at age 16, and then attended U.C. Berkeley, where he earned a B.A. in Sociology. Besides an author, Herbert has been an editor, business manager, board game inventor, creative consultant for television and collectible card games, insurance agent, award-winning encyclopedia salesman, waiter, busboy, maid and a printer. He and his wife once owned a double-decker London bus, which they converted into an unusual gift shop. Herbert and his wife, Jan, have three daughters. They live in Washington state.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Book 1This book was a nonstop read from the beginning all the way to the end. It is an amazing venture into the foundations of the Dune cycles creating the ideas and structure that will dominate the entire series.The beginnings of the Great Houses, the sisters, the wormriders, and various other members of the sprawling cast that is DUNE is documented in this book in a riveting and exciting manner.I had some hesitation that the son of Frank Herbert and Kevin Anderson would be able to weave this tale effectively. I have to say with this first excursion into their literature it was a job well done. I liked the dual storylines abvout freedom and slavery that occur on Poritrin and Earth. This is great in creating different types of evil in the face of freedom war. Overall give this book a good start to a series.The fight scenes are well done and the overall storylines go well together blending into something worthy of the originals. Though my one regret is that the philiosophy of DUNE was limited. You see the foundations but I don't see the results occuring from this storyline. I think that aspect of the book may be lost. I read this one in one sitting so it my be sometime before I start the Machine Crusade.Book 2I have to admit reading Book Two of the Legends of Dune series has been a great way to pass the time. This book suffers from the problem of many books of its kind in trologies. The problem is that these books are in fact the way to move from Book 1 to Book 3 without resolving any issues. This book basically ties all the political ends of the books without resorting to mass battles or heroic moments. Details are lost and storylines move so fast that time literally flies by as the reader moves through the book.Once again much of the Ideas presented in Dune aren't presented and very little of the magic and mystery of the original series is lost in the political machinery this book presents. I am enjoying the series so far but have found some of the elements lacking. Setting the groundwork for Dune is a tough task for this team of writers. I give them credit for their effort and results. Enjoy but the Real Magic of series isn't to be found in these pages. IF you enjoy action and political intrigue, This series is more for you!!!!!!!!!!!!Book 3I finished the Legends of Dune series and was entertained mostly by the entire series. I would assume that some sort of Dark ages occurs due to the actions of Rayna Bulter that allows much of the social structures that are presented in the original series to take place. Once again I have to harp on the that fact that many of ideas and philosophy that permeated throughout the Original series is lacking in this series. There are some nice religious criticisms and such but mostly i was left with a feeling of anxious anticipation of more. The clear foundations of various groups are adequately created, but the details and beauty are not tailored well. Brian is a good writer but he fails to weave a complex tale in the same lines of his father. How big an influence is Anderson for the fight scenes and big picture? That is all he seems good for.These books are entertaining overall but the heart of Dune is lost in these pages. Read for the entertainment. I don't ever think I would want to read these books again.