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  • 426 pages
  • The Road to Dune
  • Frank Herbert
  • English
  • 07 May 2014
  • 9780765353702

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The Road to DuneThis was a very entertaining collection of deleted scenes short stories and letters about the novel Dune and its seuels It's definitely one for the Dune enthusiast and probably won't be much use to the casual fanSpice Planet takes up most of the first half of the book The cover advertises this as a new novel by Brian Herbert Kevin J Anderson In reality it is a short novel length work that they put together based on an outline by Frank Herbert This outline was a very early draft of what would eventually become Dune Dubbed the alternate Dune novel this is really an early vision of what might have been The story itself is much different than what Frank Herbert eveutnally published though there are many recognizable plot points and characters that are kept in the final product This story on its own was a fun read The writing is bad in places and uite adolescent in many spots It seems to lack any kind of editing which surprised me since Kevin J Anderson is also a professional editor as well as author It read like a rough draft But that being said the story was very engaging The characters had cheesy dialogue but were otherwise well detailed Perhaps the parallels to Dune helped make them likable but Spice Planet on its own is an entertaining story But let's all be thankful that Frank Herbert kept expanding on his ideas and polished them up to produce the true masterpiece that Dune wasThe letters of Frank Herbert and those sent to him about the Dune publishing experience were interesting It was cool to see the path that the novel took before being accepted and finally published And you know some of those publishers that rejected the manuscript have to be beating their heads on the wall to this dayThe deleted scenes Well I compare this section to the typical part of a DVD that has extras The scenes that were cut from Dune were interesting to read but there really wasn't anything awe inspiriing In short they were cool to read but the original novel didn't lose anything by having them cut I won't say the same about the scenes from Dune Messiah though The last two alternate ending chapters included here were very interesting beautifully written and uite surprising I think the original Dune Messiah ending was just fine as it was but these two scenes show how it could have ended They would have been a good way to end the novel as well except that they would have screwed up the next novel Children of DuneThe short stories Now these were fun to read The first one A Whisper of Caladan Seas tells the story of a troop of Atreides fighters in the Harkonnen attack in Dune It's sad and poignant while giving an air of mystery and intrigue The writing is a little jagged which is understandable as it is the first collaboration work between Brian and KevinThe other three short stories deal with the Butlerian Jihad era occuring some 10000 years before Dune These focus on the war between the thinking machines and the oppressed humans I feel sure that Herbert's orginal ideas for this era were a big influence on later works by movie producers such as Battlestar Galactica The Terminator and The Matrix These three stories serve as an appetizing introduction to the Legends of Dune series written by Brian Kevin As entertaining as they were I've pushed those books up on my TBR Great stuff These stories probably pushed The Road to Dune up to a 4 star rating for me from the 3 star I was thinking it would get until I read thoseMy only complaint about this book the paperback edition was released about a year later and it included a new short story left out of the hardcover edition Sea Child Those that buy the expensive hardcovers should not get less than those that wait a year and buy the cheaper edition The only way I can get that story now is to buy the paperback I don't want to spend that kind of money on a single short story and I don't want to give up my copy when I have the entire Dune library in hardcover They did this again with the release of their next book Hunters of Dune They should at least make those stories available for free as ebooks or something to those that bought the hardcovers Frank Herbert's Dune is widely known as the science fiction euivalent 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 timeIn this fascinating volume the world's millions of Dune fans can read at long last the unpublished chapters and scenes from Dune and Dune Messiah The Road to Dune also includes some of the original correspondence between Frank Herbert and famed editor John W Campbell Jr along with other correspondence during Herbert's years long struggle to get his innovative work published and the article They Stopped the Moving Sands Herbert's original inspiration for Dune 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 This book is composed primarily of sort pieces of fiction comprised of an alternative story line for Dune from Frank Herbert's notes deleted chapters and scenes from Dune and Dune Messiah and four short stories tied into the preuels to Dune written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson It will only make sense if you have read the appropriate books from the Dune series and are a fan of the series If you've read all the Dune books and want a fix then here it is Just don't expect another Dune bookContains a version Dune before Herbert re wrote it Interesting but not as good If you love Dune this is essential reading It explains how that novel came to be and all the trials and tribulations Frank Herbert went through to cement his vision The correspondence is great The short stories near the end are OK It was interesting to see what got cut out of Dune and Dune Messiah However the thing I was really interested in was Spice Planet This was the book Herbert originally wanted to write He outlined it but never did it His son Brian and Kevin J Anderson wrote it from that outline and it's pretty amazing It's shorter but it's pulpier It's a swift punch in the gut It's interesting to see how similar and yet how different it is to Dune A lot of the political intrigue is gone but we have just enough to feel the Dune ness of it all I didn't like the preuels all that much but if you're a Dune purist ie You only count the ones Frank Herbert wrote then this is very much up your alley Read the bits I was most interested in the letters of Herbert his agent and John Campbel and I will return to finish the remainder at a later date Yet another Dune book released by the duo of Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson but this one is a lot different from their normal milking of the cash cow In many ways this is a fascinating read presenting discovered material from Frank Herbert himself allowing an insight not only into the way that books come together especially in the pre digital age but also in the way that Dune itself came into existenceThe Road to Dune is divided into different parts first and foremost the science fiction storynovel that was the precursor to Dune unpublished but where one can clearly see Herbert’s imagination percolating as ideas fall into placeDuneworld is a SF romp lacking much of the depth of the final novel but is a fun read all the same Apparently the manuscript was a rather vague affair and Herbert jr and Anderson have reconstructed it In the broadest strokes it tells the Dune story but many of the names are different or not uite the same – and then there are those that are the same and it is a warm glow to see that some of them made it through from these early stagesThere are no Fremen but there are Freemen no Bene Gesserit so conseuently no messianic outing the main character is the Duke not his son and the properties of the spice are still being discoveredThere are notes on Herbert as a journalist trying to get interest in an article based on something he had discovered from a scientific gathering how sand was being knitted together by one certain type of grass slowing or stopping erosion in deserts and uh other sandy areasIt is obvious that the writer was incredibly intrigued by the idea and it is almost certain this was the genesis of an idea that would evolve into DuneThe next part of the book contains letters going back and forwards between publishers both magazine and book as interest is either shown or not shown in the novel It is interesting to note that one of the reasons Dune was such a hard sell was the size of it far too big apparently 600 pages is probably uite standard for many novels these days but back then it was excessive and broke the mouldThere are also chapters from the first two Dune novels that were cut These are interesting reading and although perhaps irrelevant give an insight into the way the book was written and edited Had they been included particularly those from Dune Messiah would have given a totally different ending to the novelThe final part of the book are a selection of short stories all written by Brian Herbert and Anderson all set in the Duniverse and all become hard to come by in their original published format All the stories are solid and well told with only one seeming to have no point Even those that seem a little far fetched are told well enough for me they seem to step outside the elements that make Dune DuneIt does not stop them from being entertaining and well told talesThis could be an invaluable guide and insight for anyone wanting to be a writer showing different aspects of the publishing world from the genesis of an idea to the development to the attempted publishing unprecedented success and the continuing process of creation as others continue your workIn this instance though it probably helps if you are a fan of the original novel A decade after the death of Frank Herbert his son Brian and Brian's co writer Kevin J Anderson stumbled upon a safe deposit box containing a cache of the author's unpublished manuscripts Dune chapters and letters  Brian Herbert relates their excitement not just from the standpoint that they were preparing to continue writing about Herbert's Dune Universe but also from the standpoint of a fan of the series  They compiled these newly found writings and published them in  The Road to DuneWhen I started reading this book I completely understood their excitement  The first piece is a novella called Spice Planet which  Dune was actually based on  Some of the names were changed  Leto Atreides was known as Jesse Linkam; his concubine Jessica was known as Dorothy Mapes; and Paul went by the name Barri  But the story was terrific and despite the name changes any Dune fan would immediately slip into the comfort of familiar characters and placesI also enjoyed reading some of the missing chapters although they might have been better added to subseuent publications of their respective books and the letters responding to Frank Herbert's original publication of  Dune  This is definitely a must read for any  Dune fan great companion to Dune This combination of fiction and nonfiction opens with a long list of acknowledgements including members of the Herbert family and opens with a foreword by Bill Ransom that mentions Frank Herbert lived a fun life and was humorous hailing from the Puyallup Valley in Washington State The fathers of Herbert and Ransom were in law enforcement with the latter moving to Port Townsend in the early seventies William Faulkner is said to be one of the influences of Herbert with the writer’s wife Beverly Stuart Herbert dying of cancer while Ransom went through a divorce with the memories of Herbert and his wife living onFollowing the foreword and the preface in which it is said that Frank Herbert kept much documentation on the Duniverse and partially written manuscripts is a precursor to the original Dune entitled Spice Planet with Brian Herbert saying that he researched his father’s mythology carefully before formulating his own Dune stories with Spice Planet having many different names for the characters that would ultimately find their way into the initial Dune The novel itself opens with a fictitious uote in its first chapter as do subseuent sections with protagonist Jesse Linkam suspecting that the news must be important with an Imperial vessel touching down in Catalan’s spaceport Jesse is a foremost aristocrat and wants Counselor Ulla Bauers to accept him as he is The Counselor wants Jesse to pack for a return to Renaissance with Grand Emperor Wuda wanting him to give a report on the production of spice on Duneworld Dorothy Mapes is Jesse’s concubine and business partner and it is mentioned that Jesse’s father among others nearly brought House Linkam to ruin Bauers’ ship transports Jesse and his entourage to Renaissance a wealthy planet where the Emperor sees both Jesse and his chief rival Valdemar Hoskanner with a spice production contest proposed between the antagonistic Houses which Jesse acceptsAs an advance guard for the new Linkam operations General Esmar Tuek and a hundred Catalan men arrive on Duneworld with William English as a spice crew manager having been a prisoner on the penal planet Eridanus V although the Emperor and Hoskanners offered him amnesty It is further said that sand geysers and giant sandworms threaten spice operations Dorothy Mapes is ultimate introduced who wants full devotion to Duneworld and while she and Jesse aren’t officially wed they have a son named Barri alongside an entertainer named Gurney Halleck with the young boy missing CatalanThroughout their spice operations the Linkams suspect Hoskanner sabotage alongside natural crises such as sandworms attacking although despite these dangers Jesse brings along Barri to help survey spice operations Sure enough Imperial ambassadors find Linkam spice operations to be below standards and Jesse thus seeks to rectify working conditions with propositions for dealing with the sandworms as well There are some occasional twists in the story towards the end with the novel ending on a positive note alongside the maxim that true nobility is not a birthright but rather must be earned by individualsThe book moves back to nonfiction with the section “They Stopped the Moving Sands” with Frank Herbert flying to Florence Oregon in 1957 to write an article for the USDA about sand dune stabilization potentially useful for Sahara Desert inhabitants with sand dunes in the State swallowing cities roads and so forth It was proposed that European beach grass could stop the destruction of the dunes with than eleven thousand other grass types proposed but ineffective although Herbert’s report was criticized for describing the adversity of the sand dunes rather than the battle against them and the author urged to give the story to a interested American editorFollowing this is a series of letters between Frank Herbert prospective editors and fellow authors with the original version of Dune said to be rejected due to daunting length and the final product barely resembling the final product Herbert’s ambitious novel won several awards with the writer himself having an interest in climate ecology Afterward is a series of unpublished scenes and chapters from Dune and its seuel Dune Messiah such as interactions between protagonist Paul Atreides and various characters deleted chapters and so forthAfter that comes a series of short stories beginning with “A Whisper of Caladan Seas” which when published in 1999 marked the first Dune story written since Frank Herbert’s death thirteen years earlier occurring concurrently with the Harkonnen attack on Arrakeen in the original Dune The narrative itself occurs on Arrakis in the year 10191 of the Imperial Calendar with soldiers for House Atreides surviving an onslaught in a Shield Wall with characters such as Elto Vitt and his uncle Sergeant Hoh Vitt The short story does a nice job describing the conditions of the conflict and reveals backstory for the Vitts ending on a negative note“Hunting Harkonnens” introduces the world of the epic Butlerian Jihad that long predates the original Dune with ancestors of the Atreides and Harkonnens families battling machines with human minds The short story opens with a Harkonnen craft leaving family held industries on Hagal Salusa Secundus as their destination with Ulf Harkonnen as the pilot having an adult son named Piers and a wife named Katarina Cymeks hybrid machines with human minds attack with Piers punished by being sealed in a lifepod that ejects from his family’s ship and he lands among Caladan primitives The narrative is ultimately enjoyable“Whipping Mek” occurs between The Butlerian Jihad and The Machine Crusade opening with a Jihad warship arriving at Giedi Prime with expectant news of victory against the machines although Vergyl Tantor believes the defense of the Peridot Colony didn’t go well with Xavier Harkonnen as his adoptive brother and the Jihad beginning with the infant son of Serena Butler and Xavier Manion killed by machines Vergyl himself has a wife named Sheel with the defeat at Peridot seen as a moral victory and Xavier not wanting his friend to involve himself in the war although he does allow him noncombat roles in repair and recharging the titular mek making for practice against battle with machines Another enjoyable preuel story“The Faces of a Martyr” occurs between The Machine Crusade and The Battle of Corrin with the mention that mad scientist Rekur Van fled a lynch mob on his homeworld with missing soldiers and Zensunni slaves said to be carved up to provide replacement parts for wounded warriors Meanwhile the robot Erasmus studies human emotion finding their inherit goodness and hatching a plan to clone Serena Butler Vorian Atreides receives an invitation from the widow of the Grand Patriarch Camie Boro Ginjo who blames Xavier Harkonnen for her husband’s death The story satisfactorily ends with a recall of sacrifice by friends“Sea Child” is the final tale in the book occurring at the terminus of the Dune saga with initial mention that Bene Gesserit punishments must have inescapable lessons the Honored Matres conuering the planet Buzzell and Sister Corysta a disgraced Reverend Mother caring for a phibian baby which she doesn’t want to turn over to Monaya The surviving members of the order are tortured for the location of the world of Chapterhouse hidden homeworld of the Bene Gesserits with further backstory exposed in the Famine Times after the death of Leto II God Emperor of Dune A bittersweet ending concludes this enjoyable Dune short storyThe anthology is dedicated to Beverly Herbert with her husband Frank having completed Chapterhouse Dune when she was dying in Hawaii with Jessica Atreides based on her Overall this is an enjoyable book that gives some insight into the Duniverse with the novel Spice Planet being a good precursor to the final version of Herbert’s original Dune It even warrants rereads when those such as this reviewer choose to read the Dune saga in chronological order and is definitely a good diving board for the average reader into the beloved science fiction saga