Tales of Dune collects eight of Herbert and Anderson's Dune short stories, ranging from the period of the Butlerian Jihad, to the time of young Paul Atreides, to a story set during the events of the novel Dune, to the very end of Frank Herbert's future history.
In a wild and battle-scarred galaxy, assassins, pirates, smugglers, and cutthroats of every description roam at will, fearing only the professional bounty hunters-amoral adventurers who track down the scum of the universe...for a fee. When Darth Vader seeks to strike at the heart of the Rebellion by targeting Han Solo and the Millennium Falcon, he calls upon six of the most successful-and feared-hunters, including the merciless Boba Fett. They all have two things in common: lust for profit and contempt for life... Featuring original stories by Kevin J. Anderson, M. Shayne Bell, Daniel Keys Moran, Kathy Tyers and Dave Wolverton. Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years!
This book describes a series of events occurring in the desert, often humorous, sometimes chaotic and even life-threatening, experienced by a boy and the man he became. The book also is well larded with science, lore and techniques for survival in the beautiful and often harsh desert environment. Growing up in Palm Springs a half-century ago, I was surrounded by celebrities. As a member of my high school tennis team in 1956, we were allowed to play at the world famous Racquet Club if we agreed to complete a foursome with guests when asked by the tennis professional. One day Marilyn Monroe needed a partner and I was chosen. On my first serve I hit my partner in the buttocks. Some say the ball goes where you were looking.
DR. JAMES KENNEDY has written for educators and for students for many years. His fiction has entertained readers of all ages and his easy voice and clever narratives are captivating. His short stories are set on his beloved Long Island where he has resided for a lifetime. Dr. Kennedy has expressed regret that the islands cultural sensibilities and solid family values have not found expression in literature anthologies for Long Island students. The short stories and one-act play in The Baywood Tales will fill that void. Enjoy. ...another great story...fun to read...and very clever! I adore the childs innocence...the voice...and the ending...perfect! ...I so enjoyed the story...you write beautifully...it touched all of my emotions...I must read it again...once was not enough! ...I lived the Beatles story! ...cool to write stories people can relate to...top to bottom...I am a true compatriot reading and enjoying... ...a great bit of writing... I found the story and the writing in this one very enjoyable...is it based on a true story? ...I just finished The Dog Without a Leash. It was so beautifully written...I enjoyed it very much...it reminded me of a similar experience with a kitten I found in the park...thank you for sending it to me...it was heartwarming.
Designed to massage your emotions, "Tales Under A Full Moon" is comprised of seven modern day short stories that prove once again that people do act strangely and weird things can happen. Escape into the lives of ordinary people who for one reason or another find themselves caught up in the events of the moment. Rich with likeable characters oftentimes pushed to their limits, these stories will capture your attention and your heart. While the stories go in one direction, the conclusions always have a twist that will land you in the unexpected. Also by J. P. Cardone... Check this out! Without Consent
Three of the greatest SF novels in the world in one bumper omnibus Herbert's evocative, epic tales are set on the desert planet Arrakis, the focus for a complex political and military struggle with galaxy-wide repercussions. Arrakis is the source of spice, a mind-enhancing drug which makes interstellar travel possible; it is the most valuable substance in the galaxy. When Duke Atreides and his family take up court there, they fall into a trap set by the Duke's bitter rival, Baron Harkonnen. The Duke is poisoned, but his wife and her son Paul escape to the vast and arid deserts of Arrakis, which have given the planet its nickname of Dune. Paul and his mother join the Fremen, the Arrakis natives, who have learnt to live in this harsh and complex ecosystem. But learning to survive is not enough - Paul's destiny was mapped out long ago and his mother is committed to seeing it fulfilled.
In Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson's Mentats of Dune, the thinking machines have been defeated but the struggle for humanity's future continues. Gilbertus Albans has founded the Mentat School, a place where humans can learn the efficient techniques of thinking machines. But Gilbertus walks an uneasy line between his own convictions and compromises in order to survive the Butlerian fanatics, led by the madman Manford Torondo and his Swordmaster Anari Idaho. Mother Superior Raquella attempts to rebuild her Sisterhood School on Wallach IX, with her most talented and ambitious student, Valya Harkonnen, who also has another goal—to exact revenge on Vorian Atreides, the legendary hero of the Jihad, whom she blames for her family's downfall. Meanwhile, Josef Venport conducts his own war against the Butlerians. VenHold Spacing Fleet controls nearly all commerce thanks to the superior mutated Navigators that Venport has created, and he places a ruthless embargo on any planet that accepts Manford Torondo's anti-technology pledge, hoping to starve them into submission. But fanatics rarely surrender easily . . . The Mentats, the Navigators, and the Sisterhood all strive to improve the human race, but each group knows that as Butlerian fanaticism grows stronger, the battle will be to choose the path of humanity's future—whether to embrace civilization, or to plunge into an endless dark age. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Tokharian Tales is a collection of post-futuristic seemingly science-fictional short stories set on an Earth that is being abandoned, including a love story about a scientist who falls in love with a ghost ... a romance that goes horribly wrong on the floating bridge between Hawaii and Viva-Mexico ... a story set in the Outzone, the dark underbelly of the internet ... a retro-futuristic novella about a quixotic social anarchist who dreams of spaceships during her datura trances ... storybook-tales for 67th century children about robots and replicants, osterlings and Oospheroids ... and the adventure of Shridmar Joe, Hovercipher Pro, in the most dangerous dance of a strangeous game you've ever played! Thousand years ago, the Tokharians lived in a lush oasis with orchards and vineyards where they grew gourds and peaches, melons and grapes. They had iron-smelting furnaces and Buddhist stupas. Merchants rested under mulberry trees, and in the marketplace they sold Chinese brides, Kashmir wool, Bactrian rubies and lapis-lazuli. Gone now, desert now: the oasis has dried up, and a desert wind blows sand over the shattered stupas, the stumps of mulberry trees. The Tokharians either departed or they died in the desert which overtook them. But distance yourself: the same thing is happening again as we dismantle the Earth to fly to the stars. The same desert wind blows over America, over the ruins of Santa Fe and New York City. The wats and shrines of Thailand have been unbricked, removed, and re-assembled in orbit around distant stars. Likewise, the massive Mesoamerican suntemples of Viva-Mexico have been transplanted to the jungle greens and desert sandstonewhites of other planets aroundindigo-orange stars.... About the author: Jason Murk is an existential anarchist from New Mexico who flies through the summer skies in sadhoo-tripsterly tradition in his own hovercipher. What's a hovercipher? You might as well ask what's existential anarchism - open this book and find out!