Eyes of Heisenberg

Eyes of Heisenberg

by Frank Herbert
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Eyes of Heisenberg by Frank Herbert

A New World in Embryo

Public Law 10927 was clear and direct. Parents were permitted to watch the genetic alterations of their gametes by skilled surgeons . . . only no one ever requested it.

When Lizbeth and Harvey Durant decided to invoke the Law; when Dr. Potter did not rearrange the most unusual genetic structure of their future son, barely an embryo growing in the State's special vat-the consequences of these decisions threatened to be catastrophic.

For never before had anyone dared defy the Rulers' decrees . . . and if They found out, it was well known that the price of disobedience was the extermination of the human race . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765342522
Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date: 09/28/2002
Edition description: REV
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 4.28(w) x 6.82(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Frank Herbert (1920-1986) created the most beloved novel in the annals of science fiction, Dune. He was a man of many facets, of countless passageways that ran through an intricate mind. His magnum opus is a reflection of this, a classic work that stands as one of the most complex, multi-layered novels ever written in any genre. Today the novel is more popular than ever, with new readers continually discovering it and telling their friends to pick up a copy. It has been translated into dozens of languages and has sold almost 20 million copies.

As a child growing up in Washington State, Frank Herbert was curious about everything. He carried around a Boy Scout pack with books in it, and he was always reading. He loved Rover Boys adventures, as well as the stories of H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, and the science fiction of Edgar Rice Burroughs. On his eighth birthday, Frank stood on top of the breakfast table at his family home and announced, "I wanna be a author." His maternal grandfather, John McCarthy, said of the boy, "It's frightening. A kid that small shouldn't be so smart." Young Frank was not unlike Alia in Dune, a person having adult comprehension in a child's body. In grade school he was the acknowledged authority on everything. If his classmates wanted to know the answer to something, such as about sexual functions or how to make a carbide cannon, they would invariably say, "Let's ask Herbert. He'll know."

His curiosity and independent spirit got him into trouble more than once when he was growing up, and caused him difficulties as an adult as well. He did not graduate from college because he refused to take the required courses for a major; he only wanted to study what interested him. For years he had a hard time making a living, bouncing from job to job and from town to town. He was so independent that he refused to write for a particular market; he wrote what he felt like writing. It took him six years of research and writing to complete Dune, and after all that struggle and sacrifice, 23 publishers rejected it in book form before it was finally accepted. He received an advance of only $7,500.

His loving wife of 37 years, Beverly, was the breadwinner much of the time, as an underpaid advertising writer for department stores. Having been divorced from his first wife, Flora Parkinson, Frank Herbert met Beverly Stuart at a University of Washington creative writing class in 1946. At the time, they were the only students in the class who had sold their work for publication. Frank had sold two pulp adventure stories to magazines, one to Esquire and the other to Doc Savage. Beverly had sold a story to Modern Romance magazine. These genres reflected the interests of the two young lovers; he the adventurer, the strong, machismo man, and she the romantic, exceedingly feminine and soft-spoken.

Their marriage would produce two sons, Brian, born in 1947, and Bruce, born in 1951. Frank also had a daughter, Penny, born in 1942 from his first marriage. For more than two decades Frank and Beverly would struggle to make ends meet, and there were many hard times. In order to pay the bills and to allow her husband the freedom he needed in order to create, Beverly gave up her own creative writing career in order to support his. They were in fact a writing team, as he discussed every aspect of his stories with her, and she edited his work. Theirs was a remarkable, though tragic, love story-which Brian would poignantly describe one day in Dreamer of Dune (Tor Books; April 2003). After Beverly passed away, Frank married Theresa Shackelford.

In all, Frank Herbert wrote nearly 30 popular books and collections of short stories, including six novels set in the Dune universe: Dune, Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune, and Chapterhouse: Dune. All were international bestsellers, as were a number of his other science fiction novels, which include The White Plague and The Dosadi Experiment. His major novels included The Dragon in the Sea, Soul Catcher (his only non-science fiction novel), Destination: Void, The Santaroga Barrier, The Green Brain, Hellstorm's Hive, Whipping Star, The Eyes of Heisenberg, The Godmakers, Direct Descent, and The Heaven Makers. He also collaborated with Bill Ransom to write The Jesus Incident, The Lazarus Effect, and The Ascension Factor. Frank Herbert's last published novel, Man of Two Worlds, was a collaboration with his son, Brian.

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Eyes of Heisenberg 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Qui-GonReborn More than 1 year ago
The Heisenberg Uncertinty Principle states that the more precisely you know one value, the less precisely you know the other. Thus begins a concept for a masterpeice of sci-fi, and a cornerstone of the Frank Herbert legacy.
Civilization is dominated by a group of genetically perfect Optimen, incapable of feeling emotion. The current set of Optimen are the Tuyere: Calapine, Nourse, and Schruille. Society is not permitted to produce children among themselves, but a handful of parents are selected to donate their gametes for genetic manipulation by specially trained engineers. The law states that the parents are able to watch the manipulation of their embryo, but not to interfere. When Harvey and Lizabeth decide to evoke the law, their embryo is altered structurally by an invisible outside force, giving it the powers of an Optiman. Rather than destroying it, however, the engineer in charge destroys the record of the operation, and preserves the embryo. The Optimen furiously attempt to locate and destroy the embryo, slowly sliding down a cycle of human emotion and bloodlust that eventually drives them insane.
It is interesting to note the word "cyborg" that occurs frequently in the novel, leading me to suspect that Herbert was responsible for the creation of that term. Cyborgs would later become quite significant in the 1980s science-fictional cyberpunk movement, in works such as Do Robots Dream of Mechanical Sheep? -- more commonly known as Blade Runner. Nonetheless, this novel remains a classic, even among the greatest of sci-fi, pondering such tantalizing questions as, "What happens when the gods go insane?" "Where does humanity began and how does it end?" And, most importantly, "Can humanity become its own god?" Well, I think it can. And it should. And it starts by thinking for oneself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a great book it touched me deep almost as deep as the dune series smaller than some of his books it was still great you should definetly read this outstanding, phenominal book
Hill_Ravens More than 1 year ago
Classic Frank Herbert at his best, a very short story based in the future (of course) and what would happen if humanity found immortality. Inevitably only some could obtain the immortal status and they ruled the "folk" from their private city. The Folk were worker humans, specifically bred to do their tasks and nothing more. Only select Folk were given permits to breed and then the embryos were subjected to "cutting" by a genetic engineer to keep the population exactly how the immortals "optiman" wanted them. Only on select embryos was another Optiman allowed to be born and raised. These select few were taken from the Folk to be trained and raised with the Optimen. Of course some humans through accidental cuts fell outside the Optimens plans and create a challenge to them. The path the resistance takes, and how they are able to bring down the Optimen is a fun, quick read. Highly recommend for anyone who enjoys science fiction works.
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I bought this book on a whim- I had recently been studying the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle in school and saw this in Frank Herbert's section at the bookstore. Not a bad book by any measure. I wish it was longer and a little more expansive on some of the ideas, but the plot development was very good and Herbert is very gifted writer. I give it three stars because the last few chapters were a little confusing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Somehow, after reading the Dune series all the other Herbert books seem to be sort of experimental drafts of the great and intriguing exploration of the possible human society set in Dune. The eyes of Heisenberg is no exception, you can almost draw the parallels to the Dune serial. Now this isnt a bad thing by itself, but the character development is way too shallow and the story although promising at the beginning, doesnt really go anywhere. Skip this one. Read Dune if you havent already.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you enjoyed 'Starship Troopers,' by Heinlein, you'll enjoy this ecological sci-fi thriller by Frank Herbert. Just give it a chance--it's a bit slow in the beginning, but gives the same type of thrills as the Heinlein book.