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  1. God Emperor of Dune

    by Frank Herbert
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    Leto II Atreides , the God Emperor, has ruled the universe as a tyrant for 3,500 years after becoming a hybrid of human and giant sandworm in ,Children of Dune, . The death of nearly all other sandworms, and his control of the remaining supply of the all-important drug melange , has allowed him to keep civilization under his complete command. Leto has been physically transformed into a worm, retaining only his human face and arms, and though he is now seemingly immortal and invulnerable to harm, he is prone to instinct-driven bouts of violence when provoked to anger. As … (Wikipedia)

  2. Dune Messiah

    by Frank Herbert
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    Twelve years after the events described in ,Dune, (1965), Paul "Muad'Dib" Atreides rules as Emperor. By accepting the role of messiah to the Fremen , Paul had unleashed a jihad which conquered most of the known universe. ,, Paul is the most powerful emperor ever known, but is powerless to stop the lethal excesses of the religious juggernaut he has created. Although 61 billion people have perished, Paul's prescient visions indicate that this is far from the worst possible outcome for humanity. Motivated by this knowledge, Paul hopes to set humanity on a course that will not inevitably lead to … (Wikipedia)

  3. Chapterhouse: Dune

    by Frank Herbert
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    The Bene Gesserit find themselves the target of the Honored Matres, whose conquest of the Old Empire is almost complete. The Matres are seeking to assimilate the technology and superhuman skills of the Bene Gesserit, and exterminate the Sisterhood itself. Now in command of the Bene Gesserit, Mother Superior Darwi Odrade continues to develop her drastic, secret plan to overcome the Honored Matres. The Bene Gesserit are also terraforming the planet Chapterhouse to accommodate the all-important sandworms , whose native planet Dune had been destroyed by the Matres. Sheeana , in charge of the project, expects sandworms to appear soon. … (Wikipedia)

  4. Children of Dune

    by Frank Herbert
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    Nine years after Emperor Paul Muad'Dib walked into the desert, blind, the ecological transformation of Dune has reached the point where some Fremen are living without stillsuits in the less arid climate and have started to move out of the sietches and into the villages and cities. As the old ways erode, more and more pilgrims arrive to experience the planet of Muad'Dib. The Imperial high council has lost its political might and is powerless to control the Jihad. Paul's young twin children, Leto II and Ghanima, have concluded that their guardian Alia has succumbed to Abomination —possession by her … (Wikipedia)

  5. The Battle of Corrin

    by Brian Herbert
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    The machine evermind Omnius is continuing with his plans to eradicate all humans in the universe. After first being suggested by the traitor Yorek Thurr , an RNA retrovirus is designed by the captured Tlulaxa Rekur Van and the independent robot Erasmus . Omnius then launches capsules containing the retrovirus to infect the planets inhabited by the hapless humans. With a 43% direct-mortality rate, the virus succeeds in effectively crippling the League of Nobles , leaving them vulnerable to attack. It is discovered that consumption of the spice melange has the effect of both bolstering immunity to the retrovirus and … (Wikipedia)

  6. House Atreides

    by Brian Herbert
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    The novel begins 35 years before the events of the original ,Dune, . There are three interconnected narrative threads revolving around heir-apparent to House Atreides Leto , acting governor of Arrakis Baron Vladimir Harkonnen , and Imperial Crown Prince Shaddam . There are also side plots involving a young Duncan Idaho escaping enslavement at the hands of House Harkonnen , a young planetologist Pardot Kynes befriending the Fremen native to Arrakis, and the Bene Gesserit 's troubles producing a child from the union between the Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam and Vladimir Harkonnen. While Leto is studying politics in the … (Wikipedia)

  7. House Corrino

    by Brian Herbert
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    One year after the War of Assassins , Duke Leto Atreides sponsors an assault on Ix to reclaim the planet for House Vernius , while his concubine Jessica is pregnant with his son. Emperor Shaddam IV commences his Great Spice War to create a dependency on his soon-to-be-released synthetic melange , ,ajidamal, . The Bene Gesserit eagerly await the birth of the Kwisatz Haderach 's mother by Jessica; little do they know that things are not going to turn out exactly how they intend. Dune: House Corrino debuted at #8 on ,The New York Times, Best Seller list . ,, … (Wikipedia)

  8. House Harkonnen

    by Brian Herbert
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    Eighteen years have passed since Shaddam IV succeeded his father as Padishah Emperor of the Known Universe. However, his rule is precarious as his wife Anirul has been instructed by her Bene Gesserit sisterhood to bear him only daughters. Shaddam's authority is also challenged by the powerful House Harkonnen , whose illegal stock-piling of melange is of great concern to the Emperor. In order to monopolize the spice, Shaddam and his trusted advisor and friend, Count Fenring , plan to synthesize the substance with the help of Hidar Fen Ajidica , a Tleilaxu Master Researcher. Ajidica sets up laboratories to … (Wikipedia)

  9. The Ringworld Engineers

    by Larry Niven
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    The Hindmost, recently deposed leader of the Puppeteers , abducts the human Louis Wu (who has become a wirehead ) and kzin Chmeee (previously known as "Speaker-to-Animals"). Both had been part of the original Ringworld expedition. The Hindmost hopes to acquire Ringworld technology, specifically matter transmutation, to help him regain his position. Once they reach the Ringworld, Louis and Chmeee are sent out to explore, while the Hindmost remains safely behind on their starship. Louis and Chmeee secretly plot to try to overthrow the Hindmost so they can go home. In their travels, they meet a number of the hominid … (Wikipedia)

  10. Foundation and Empire

    by Isaac Asimov
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    The first half of the book, titled "The General", tells how the enterprising General Bel Riose of the Galactic Empire launches an attack against the Foundation. The Empire still retains far more resources and personnel than the Foundation realizes and Riose is willing to use that advantage to its fullest. Lathan Devers, a native of the Foundation, and Ducem Barr, a patrician from the planet Siwenna, have been "guests" of Bel Riose for several months when it becomes clear that they will soon be treated as enemies, or even killed. They escape, stealing a message capsule that appears to implicate … (Wikipedia)

  11. The Great Dune Trilogy

    by Frank Herbert
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    Duke Leto Atreides of the House Atreides , ruler of the ocean planet Caladan, is assigned by the Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV to serve as fief ruler of the planet Arrakis . Arrakis is a harsh and inhospitable desert planet , and the only source of melange , or "the spice", an extremely rare and valuable substance that extends human life and enhances mental capabilities. Shaddam sees House Atreides as a rival, and conspires with House Harkonnen , the longstanding enemies of House Atreides among the other Great Houses in the Landsraad , to destroy Leto once he arrives on … (Wikipedia)

  12. The Silmarillion

    by J.R.R. Tolkien
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    The Silmarillion is an account of the Elder Days, of the First Age of Tolkien’s world. It is the ancient drama to which the characters in The Lord of the Rings look back, and in whose events some of them such as Elrond and Galadriel took part. The tales of The Silmarillion are set in an age when Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in Middle-Earth, and the High Elves made war upon him for the recovery of the Silmarils, the jewels containing the pure light of Valinor. … (Goodreads)

  13. The Machine Crusade

    by Brian Herbert
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    Dune: The Machine Crusade moves forward into the center of the Butlerian Jihad, described in the first book of the trilogy, ,Dune: The Butlerian Jihad, . Leading the movement is the ex-slave and ex-machine trustee Grand Patriarch Iblis Ginjo . However, Iblis appears more interested in politics and his own personal legacy than in the Jihad. Vorian Atreides , despite the long life given to him by his father, the Titan Agamemnon , begins to show the vestiges of wanting to settle down after visiting the planet Caladan , and meeting Leronica Tergiet, who is to become his long-term concubine. … (Wikipedia)

  14. The Caves of Steel

    by Isaac Asimov
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    A faction of Spacers have come to the realization that Spacer culture is effete, stagnating due to negative population growth and longevity. Their solution is to encourage further space exploration and colonization by Earthmen in concert with robots. However, Earthmen would first need to overcome their irrational antagonism toward robots. To this end, they have established habitations on Earth through which they hope to introduce humanoid robots to Earth. New York City Police Commissioner Julius Enderby is secretly a member of the Medievalists, a subversive anti-robot group which pines for the 'olden days' where men did not live in the … (Wikipedia)

  15. A Memory of Light

    by Robert Jordan
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    In the prologue, the armies of the Westlands assemble in preparation for ,Tarmon Gai'don, , as do the forces of the Shadow. The Forsaken Demandred stages a raid on the city of Caemlyn, sending Trollocs to capture the cannons , developed jointly by Matrim Cauthon , Queen Elayne Trakand , and the Illuminator Aludra. Talmanes Delovinde and the Band of the Red Hand launch their own counter-attack and successfully exfiltrate the cannons out of the city, but Caemlyn is lost. ,, The Light is bolstered by people coming from all over the world to fight, sensing the end of all … (Wikipedia)

  16. Foundation

    by Isaac Asimov
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    For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future -- to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire -- both scientists and scholars -- and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a future generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation. But soon the fledgling … (Goodreads)

  17. Castle Roogna

    by Piers Anthony
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    Dor , son of Bink , is a 12-year-old magician and next in line to inherit the throne of Xanth. To teach him the skills he will need to rule the kingdom, King Trent sends him through the tapestry on a mission 800 years into Xanth's past to find the ancient and mysterious Zombie Master . Dor travels to the past via the magic tapestry of Castle Roogna and inhabits the body of an invading mundane barbarian. While in the past Dor is accompanied by a (not normally) giant spider named Jumper, who had been drawn into the tapestry with … (Wikipedia)

  18. The Dark Forest

    by Liu Cixin
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    This is the second novel in "Remembrance of Earth’s Past", the near-future trilogy written by the China's multiple-award-winning science fiction author, Cixin Liu. In The Dark Forest , Earth is reeling from the revelation of a coming alien invasion — four centuries in the future. The aliens' human collaborators have been defeated but the presence of the sophons, the subatomic particles that allow Trisolaris instant access to all human information, means that Earth's defense plans are exposed to the enemy. Only the human mind remains a secret. This is the motivation for the Wallfacer Project, a daring plan that grants … (Goodreads)

  19. Sandworms of Dune

    by Brian Herbert
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    As Sandworms of Dune begins, the passengers of the no-ship ,Ithaca, continue their nearly two-decade search for a new home world for the Bene Gesserit , while Duncan Idaho evades the tachyon net of the old couple Daniel and Marty , now known to be thinking machine leaders Omnius and Erasmus . Among the inhabitants of the Ithaca are young gholas of Paul Atreides , Lady Jessica , and others. Back in the Old Empire , Mother Commander Murbella of the New Sisterhood attempts to rally humankind for a last stand against the thinking machines. The new Face Dancers continue … (Wikipedia)

  20. Books of Blood, Volume One

    by Clive Barker
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    The Books of Blood combine the ordinary with the extraordinary while radiating the eroticism that has become Barker's signature. Weaving tales of the everyday world transformed into an unrecognizable place, where reason no longer exists and logic ceases to explain the workings of the universe, Clive Barker provides the stuff of nightmares in packages too tantalizing to resist. Never one to shy away from the unimaginable or the unspeakable, Clive Barker breathes life into our deepest, darkest nightmares, creating visions that are at once terrifying, tender, and witty. The Books of Blood confirm what horror fans everywhere have known for … (Goodreads)