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Sandworms of Dune – Review September 5, 2007

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sandworms.jpgI finally finished Sandworms of Dune..it’s been out for nearly a month at this point).

Like its predecesor – Hunters of Dune – this is a very well written book. Unlike Hunters of Dune which ended with the realization that after 15,000 years the machines were back – i wasn’t as blown over with the final outcome. In fact it was a bit of a let down.

Sure the final ultimate Kwizatch Haderach is revealed – woohoo – and ultimately – the machines are confronted and the ultimate resolution is acheived.

But the path to reaching those ultimate conclusions was too long, and convoluted. The fact that so little of the Universe outside of the New Sisterhood and the no-ship is discussed or revealed is terribly disappointing.

Then again – the final resolution does bring back many of the great heroes that have spanned the Dune universe. But not all.

At no point is the great Vorian Atreides discussed. He was the one that served Omnius/Erasmus after all and it would have been great to have him return as well.

At points the book is thoroughly engaging and it is a MUST READ for all fans of Dune. Sandworms is not however the best (nor the worst) of the Dune books. It could have been as brilliant as the Dune: The Battle of Corrin (which was supposed to have been the end of the thinking machines) but somehow it stutters a bit.

Supposedly this is the last – chronologically speaking – book in the Dune series. Though it will not be the last in the Dune series in terms of publication.

New DUNE Movie in the Works? August 31, 2007

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If only melange flowed freely and Maud’ib had never wandered into the desert of Arakis..

Apparently a new version of Dune may well be on  the way if rumors are to be believed.

Personally I’ve enjoyed both the David Lynch and the SCIFI channel versions…i’m not terribly interested in yet another version of the first Dune book…but maybe we could have..The Butlerian Jihad? that would be awesome.

Summer of SciFi – A ShowMeSciFi Calendar July 11, 2007

Posted by showmescifi in babylon 5, Dune, Flash Gordon, Hugo awards, sandworms of dune, Sci Fi, science fiction, scifi, Star Wars, Star Wars Comic Books, Star Wars Expanded Universe Books, star wars legacy, summer.
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It’s a hot summer – for SciFi!

For reference here’s a short list of some of Summer 2007’s big SciFi events as we see them here at ShowMeSciFi :

July 31st – Babylon 5 Lost Tales – released

August 7th – Sandworms of Dune released

August 8th – Star Wars Legacy issue #15 released (where Darth Krayt will finally be revealed)

August 10 – Flash Gordon premiere on SciFi Channel (date is currently not 100% confirmed).

August 28 – Star Wars Legacy of the Force Inferno released (AKA Luke Skywalker goes nuts).

Aug. 30-Sep. 3 – Hugo Awards at the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) at the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon)

Sandworms of Dune – coming august 7th July 10, 2007

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The followup to last years sensational Hunters of Dune is almost here.
Sandworms is set to be the FINAL FINAL climax to one of the greatest SciFi series of all time.

We will finally see the ultimate showdown between Omnius and Free Humans and will finally see the absolute last chapter of this series (or not).

There are so many thing at play in this series it’s difficult to speculate on how things will end up other than to say that somehow humanity will prevail (hopefully).

Hunters of Dune November 22, 2006

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I was somewhat pessimistic when i first picked up Hunters of Dune. Sure it’s written by the same dynamic duo of Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson that wrote the Dune Prequels (House Atreides, House Harkonnen and House Corinno) and sure they wrote the pre-prequels (The Butlerian Jihad (Legends of Dune, Book 1), The Machine Crusade (Legends of Dune, Book 2) and The Battle of Corrin (Legends of Dune, Book 3)) but how are they going to pull off a sequal a climax to Dune?

The last Dune book written by the now deceased Frank Herbert was Chapterhouse Dune (Dune Chronicles, Book 6) written in 1987. Hunters of Dune picks up precisely where that one leaves off and doesn’t skip a beat.

In the process Herbert (the son) and Anderson weave a tale that is perhaps the best Dune novel (with the exclusion of the original Dune) yet. It brings together the entire canon of Dune stories from pre-prequel, to prequel to mainline Dune stories.

My only complaint is that the sequel to Hunters of Dune won’t be available until August of 2007.