Book Three in the Magnificent Dune Chronicles-the Bestselling Science Fiction Adventure of All Time Nine years ago Emperor Paul Muad'Dib disappeared into the desert wastelands of Arrakis. Now, his twin children-Leto and Ghanima Atreides-are being groomed to become Messiahs. Like their father, the twins possess supernormal abilities, making them valuable to their manipulative aunt Alia, who rules the Empire in the name of House Atreides. Facing treason and rebellion on two fronts, Alia's rule is not absolute. The displaced House Corrino is plotting to regain the throne while the fanatical Fremens are being provoked into open revolt by the enigmatic figure known only as The Preacher. By obtaining the secrets of the twins' prophetic visions, Alia believes she can maintain control over her dynasty. But Leto and Ghanima have their own plans for their visions-and their destiny...
Praise for Children of Dune "A major event."- Los Angeles Times "Ranging from palace intrigue and desert chases to religious speculation and confrontations with the supreme intelligence of the universe, there is something here for all science fiction fans."- Publishers Weekly "Herbert adds enough new twists and turns to the ongoing saga that familiarity with the recurring elements brings pleasure."-Challenging Destiny Praise for Dune "I know nothing comparable to it except Lord of the Rings ."-Arthur C. Clarke "A portrayal of an alien society more complete and deeply detailed than any other author in the field has managed...a story absorbing equally for its action and philosophical vistas."- The Washington Post Book World "One of the monuments of modern science fiction."- Chicago Tribune "Powerful, convincing, and most ingenious."-Robert A. Heinlein "Herbert's creation of this universe, with its intricate development and analysis of ecology, religion, politics and philosophy, remains one of the supreme and seminal achievements in science fiction."- Louisville Times
Frank Herbert, geb. 1920 in Tacoma, Washington, arbeitet als Austerntaucher, TV-Kameramann, Rundfunktsprecher und Journalist. 1963 wird der erste Teil seines SF-Romans Dune, zu deutsch 'Der Wüstenplanet', veröffentlicht. Der dritte Teil, der 1976 erscheint, gerät aufgrund von Mundpropaganda bis in die Bestsellerlisten von Publishers Weekly. Nach der Verfilmung durch David Lynch 1984 werden die Dune-Bände zum Weltbestseller. Der Band seiner gesammelten Erzählungen beweist, daß er auch ein Meister der kurzen Form ist. Frank Herbert stirbt am 11. Februar 1986.