A Mentat is a fictional type of human, presented in Frank Herbert's science fiction Dune universe. In an interstellar society that fears a resurgence of artificial intelligence and thus prohibits computers, Mentats are specially trained to mimic the cognitive and analytical ability of electronic computers. In Herbert's fiction, the Butlerian Jihad results in the strict prohibition of all thinking machines, including computers and artificial intelligence of any kind; this is a key influence on the nature of Herbert's fictional setting. The Mentat discipline is developed as a replacement for computerized calculation, just as the Bene Gesserit and the Spacing Guild take on functions performed by thinking machines. Since the Butlerian Jihad, society has considered Mentats the embodiment of reason. More than calculators, Mentats possess exceptional cognitive abilities of memory and perception that are the foundations for supra-logical hypothesizing. Mentats are able to sift large volumes of data and devise concise analyses in a process that goes far beyond logical deduction: Mentats cultivate "the naïve mind", the mind without preconception or prejudice, so as to extract essential patterns or logic from data and deliver useful conclusions with varying degrees of certainty.
Their calculations are delivered not as numerical probabilities but as flowing paths, subject to new variations through the influence of new factors. A Mentat's capabilities can be increased by taking sapho juice, but using it leads to addiction. Sapho is extracted from roots found on Ecaz, its use doubles or triples the Mentat's immense processing power. Repeated use leaves a permanent "cranberry-colored stain" on the user's lips. To be a Mentat may be a profession in itself; the ability being rare, those who possess it are prized. There are various degrees of Mentat ability. In Dune, Thufir Hawat is considered to be one of the finest Mentats of his time. In the same story, his student, Paul Atreides, becomes a Mentat. In Heretics of Dune and Chapterhouse: Dune, Miles Teg has an illustrious career as a combined Mentat and Supreme Bashar of the forces of the Bene Gesserit. In Dune Messiah, Duncan Idaho, the renowned Atreides swordsman, is restored to life as the Tleilaxu ghola, imbued with the powers of a Mentat and Zensunni philosopher.
It is possible to vary the discipline: in Dune, the Tleilaxu create "twisted Mentats" for Baron Vladimir Harkonnen. These are sociopathic Mentats free from the usual constraints of human morality or instinctual considerations. Piter is, among other things, a sadist, acts as torturer for the Baron. In God Emperor of Dune, Leto II outlaws the Mentat order and crushes any renegade training schools he finds. Unlike his execution of historians, done to control his legacy and symbolism, Leto never says why he suppresses Mentats, leaving the reader to conclude that it plays a role in his larger purpose of oppressing humanity in order to create his Golden Path; the art is not eliminated, surviving through underground schools. In Chapterhouse Dune, the Duncan ghola speaks to the Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother Bellonda and recalls his past incarnation from the time of Leto II: I went to Wallach IX at the Tyrant's command... My orders were to suppress the Mentat school you thought you had hidden there...
I, a Mentat, forced to suppress a school. I knew why he ordered it, of course, so do you. Bellonda retrieves the following information from Other Memory: Order of Mentats, founded by Gilbertus Albans; the origin of the first Mentat is explored in the Legends of Dune prequels written by Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert. During the Butlerian Jihad, thinking machine leader Omnius sees humans as animals, but the independent robot Erasmus argues that any human can become brilliant. Omnius picks a nine-year-old, blond-haired boy who appears to be the wildest and most unkempt of all, challenges Erasmus to prove his theory. Erasmus calls the boy Gilbertus Albans, thinking that this sounds like a smart human's name. After failing to make progress by using a system of benevolence and rewards, he switches to a system of strict supervision and punishment, the method works. By emulating Erasmus, whom he has come to consider his father, Albans becomes the first to display computer-like cognitive and calculation capacity on the level of thinking machines.
To his own surprise, Erasmus develops an attachment to the boy. Because of Gilbertus' remarkable memory-organizational ability and capacity for logical thinking, Erasmus nicknames him "Mentat", created from the words mentor and mentation. During the Battle of Corrin, Erasmus deactivates an explosive trip mechanism in the thinking machine defenses in order to save Gilbertus, thereby dooming the entire machine empire. Afterward, the robot declares: Perhaps when all the thinking machines are gone, you can teach your fellow humans how to think efficiently. All my work will not have been for nothing. In this way the thinking machines are retconned as the creators of the Mentats, who remain the mac
Dune Messiah is a science fiction novel by American writer Frank Herbert, the second in his Dune series of six novels. It was serialized in Galaxy magazine in 1969; the American and British editions have different prologues summarizing events in the previous novel. Dune Messiah and its sequel Children of Dune were collectively adapted by the Sci-Fi Channel in 2003 into a miniseries entitled Frank Herbert's Children of Dune. In 2002, the Science Fiction Book Club published the two novels in one volume. Twelve years after the events described in Dune, 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. While Paul is the most powerful emperor known, he 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 lead to stagnation and destruction, while at the same time acting as ruler of the empire and focal point of the Fremen religion.
The Bene Gesserit, Spacing Guild, Tleilaxu enter into a conspiracy to dethrone Paul, the Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam enlists Paul's own consort Princess Irulan, daughter of the deposed Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV. Paul has refused to father a child with Irulan, but his Fremen concubine Chani has failed to produce an heir, causing tension within his monarchy. Desperate both to secure her place in the Atreides dynasty and to preserve the Atreides bloodline for the Bene Gesserit breeding program, Irulan has secretly been giving contraceptives to Chani. Paul is aware of this fact, but has foreseen that the birth of his heir will bring Chani's death, does not want to lose her, he sees this in a terrifying vision of a moon. Because of the way oracles interfere with one another's prescience, the Guild Navigator Edric is able to shield the conspiracy from Paul's visions of the future; the Tleilaxu Face Dancer Scytale gives Paul a gift he cannot resist: a Tleilaxu-grown ghola of the deceased Duncan Idaho, Paul's childhood teacher and friend, now called "Hayt".
The conspirators hope the presence of Hayt will undermine Paul's ability to rule by forcing Paul to question himself and the empire he has created. Furthermore, Paul's acceptance of the gift weakens his support among the Fremen, who see the Tleilaxu and their tools as unclean. Chani, taking matters into her own hands, switches to a traditional Fremen fertility diet, preventing Irulan from being able to tamper with her food, soon becomes pregnant. Otheym, one of Paul's former Fedaykin death commandos, reveals evidence of a Fremen conspiracy against Paul. Otheym gives Paul his dwarf Tleilaxu servant Bijaz, who like a recording machine, can remember faces and details. Paul accepts reluctantly; as Paul's soldiers attack the conspirators, others set off an atomic weapon called a stone burner, purchased from the Tleilaxu, that destroys the area and blinds Paul. By tradition, all blind Fremen are abandoned in the desert, but Paul shocks the Fremen and entrenches his godhood by proving he can still see without eyes.
His oracular powers have become so developed that he can foresee in his mind everything that happens, as though his eyes still function. By moving through his life in lockstep with his visions, he can see the slightest details of the world around him; the disadvantage of this is his inability to change any part of his destiny, trapping him in a hellish boredom. The unraveling of the Fremen conspiracy reveals that Korba, a former Fedaykin and now high priest of Paul's church, is among Paul's enemies. Duncan interrogates Bijaz, but the little man—actually an agent of the Tleilaxu—uses a specific humming intonation that renders Duncan open to implanted commands. Bijaz programs Duncan to offer Paul a bargain when Chani dies: Chani's rebirth as a ghola, the hope that Duncan Idaho's memories might be reawakened, in return for Paul sacrificing the throne and going into exile. Bijaz implants a compulsion that will force Duncan to attempt to kill Paul, given the appropriate circumstances. Duncan remains oblivious of the programming.
News is brought that Chani has died giving birth. The grief of his loss is the falling moon that he foresaw in an earlier vision, Paul stumbles blind now, having removed himself from the prison of his own precise vision. Paul's reaction to his wife's death triggers the compulsions in the mind of Duncan, who attempts to kill Paul. Rather than kill his beloved Paul, Duncan's ghola body reacts against its own programming and recovers Duncan's full consciousness, he remains conscious of the Zen-Sunni and Mentat training given to Duncan by the Tleilaxu, but is no longer bound to their programming. Paul and Chani's newborn twins are "pre-born", like Paul's sister Alia had been, come into the world conscious with Kwisatz Haderach-like access to ancestral memories thanks to a combination of their genes and an in utero exposure to the quantities of spice in Chani's special pregnancy diet. Scytale offers to revive Chani as a ghola in return for all of Paul's CHOAM holdings. Paul refuses to submit to the possibility that the Tleilaxu might program Chani in some diabolical way, Scytale threatens the infants with a knife while he negotiates with Alia.
By escaping the oracular trap and setting the universe on a new path, Paul has been rendered blind, yet he is able to kill Scytale with an aimed dagger due to a vision from his son's perspective. Now prophetically and physical
Dune is a science fiction media franchise that originated with the 1965 novel Dune by Frank Herbert. Dune is cited as the best-selling science fiction novel in history, it won the 1966 Hugo Award and the inaugural Nebula Award for Best Novel, was adapted into a 1984 film and a 2000 television miniseries. Herbert wrote five sequels, the first two were presented as a miniseries in 2003; the Dune universe has inspired some traditional games and a series of video games. Since 2009, the names of planets from the Dune novels have been adopted for the real-world nomenclature of plains and other features on Saturn's moon Titan. Frank Herbert died in 1986. Beginning in 1999, his son Brian Herbert and science fiction author Kevin J. Anderson published a number of prequel novels, as well as two which complete the original Dune series based on Frank Herbert's notes discovered a decade after his death; the political and social fictional setting of Herbert's novels and derivative works is known as the Dune universe, or Duniverse.
Set tens of thousands of years in the future, the saga chronicles a civilization which has banned all forms of computers, or "thinking machines", but has developed advanced technology and mental and physical abilities. Vital to this empire is the harsh desert planet Arrakis, only known source of the spice melange, the most valuable substance in the universe. Due to the similarities between some of Herbert's terms and ideas and actual words and concepts in the Arabic language—as well as the series' "Islamic undertones" and themes—a Middle Eastern influence on Herbert's works has been noted repeatedly. Herbert's interest in the desert setting of Dune and its challenges is attributed to research he began in 1957 for a never-completed article about a United States Department of Agriculture experiment using poverty grasses to stabilize damaging sand dunes, which could "swallow whole cities, lakes and highways." Herbert spent the next five years researching and revising what would become the novel Dune, serialized in Analog magazine as two shorter works, Dune World and The Prophet of Dune.
The serialized version was expanded and reworked—and rejected by more than 20 publishers—before being published by Chilton Books, a little-known printing house best known for its auto repair manuals, in 1965. Dune won the inaugural Nebula Award for Best Novel; the novel has been translated into dozens of languages, has sold 20 million copies. Dune has been cited as one of the world's best-selling science fiction novels. A sequel, Dune Messiah, followed in 1969. A third novel called Children of Dune was published in 1976, was nominated for a Hugo Award. Children of Dune became the first hardcover best-seller in the science fiction field. In 1978, Berkley Books published The Illustrated Dune, an edition of Dune with 33 black-and-white sketch drawings and eight full color paintings by John Schoenherr, who had done the cover art for the first printing of Dune and had illustrated the Analog serializations of Dune and Children of Dune. Herbert wrote in 1980 that though he had not spoken to Schoenherr prior to the artist creating the paintings, the author was surprised to find that the artwork appeared as he had imagined its fictional subjects, including sandworms, Baron Harkonnen and the Sardaukar.
In 1981, Herbert released God Emperor of Dune, ranked as the #11 hardcover fiction best seller of 1981 by Publishers Weekly. Heretics of Dune, the 1984 New York Times #13 hardcover fiction best seller, was followed in quick succession by Chapterhouse: Dune in 1985. Herbert died on February 11, 1986. Over a decade after Herbert's death, his son Brian Herbert enlisted science fiction author Kevin J. Anderson to coauthor a trilogy of Dune prequel novels that would come to be called the Prelude to Dune series. Using some of Frank Herbert's own notes, the duo wrote Dune: House Atreides, Dune: House Harkonnen, Dune: House Corrino; the series is set in the years prior to the events of Dune. This was followed with a second prequel trilogy called the Legends of Dune, consisting of Dune: The Butlerian Jihad, Dune: The Machine Crusade, Dune: The Battle of Corrin; these were set during the Butlerian Jihad, an element of back-story which Frank Herbert had established as occurring 10,000 years before the events chronicled in Dune.
Herbert's brief description of humanity's "crusade against computers, thinking machines, conscious robots" was expanded by Brian Herbert and Anderson in this series. With an outline for the first book of Prelude to Dune series written and a proposal sent to publishers, Brian Herbert had discovered his father's 30-page outline for a sequel to Chapterhouse Dune which the elder Herbert had dubbed Dune 7. After publishing their six prequel novels, Brian Herbert and Anderson released Hunters of Dune and Sandworms of Dune, which complete the original series and wrap up storylines that began with Frank Herbert's Heretics of Dune; the Heroes of Dune series followed, focusing on the time periods between Frank Herbert's original novels. The first book, Paul of Dune, was published in 2008, followed by The Winds of Dune in 2009; the next two installments were to be called The Throne of Dune and Leto of Dune, but were postponed due to plans to publish a trilogy about "the formation of the Bene Gesserit, the Mentats, the Suk Doctors, the Spacing Guild and the Navigators, as well as the solidifying of the Corrino imperium."
Sisterhood of Dune was released in 2012, followed by Mentats of Dune in 2014. In a 2009 interview, Anderso
Brian Patrick Herbert is an American author who lives in Washington state. He is the elder son of science fiction author Frank Herbert. Brian Herbert's novels include Sidney's Comet, Prisoners of Arionn, Man of Two Worlds, Sudanna Sudanna. In 2003, Herbert wrote a biography of his father: Dreamer of Dune: The Biography of Frank Herbert; the younger Herbert has edited the Notebooks of Frank Herbert's Dune. Brian has created a concordance for the Dune universe based on his father's notes, according to the younger Herbert, there are no immediate plans to publish it. Herbert is known for his collaborations with author Kevin J. Anderson, with whom he has written multiple prequels to his father's landmark 1965 science fiction novel, all of which have made the New York Times Best Seller list; the duo began with the trilogies Prelude to Legends of Dune. Brian and Anderson next published Hunters of Dune and Sandworms of Dune, two sequels to Frank Herbert's original Dune series after his 1986 death, left incomplete at the end of Frank's sixth Dune novel, Chapterhouse: Dune.
These novels are based on an outline and notes left behind by Frank Herbert for what he referred to as Dune 7, his own planned seventh novel in the Dune series. In 2008, Brian and Anderson began publishing Heroes of Dune, a series of four novels which take place between the first five novels of Frank Herbert's six original Dune series, but only two were published and so the inter prequels ended in 2009, their involvement in expanding Dune ended with the Great Schools of Dune trilogy. Furthermore, along with Kevin, have written the Dune short stories. Married since 1967, Herbert and his wife, Jan Herbert, have three daughters named Julie and Margaux Beverly. Herbert has an elder half-sister, Penny. Classic Comebacks Incredible Insurance Claims Sidney's Comet The Garbage Chronicles Man of Two Worlds Sudanna, Sudanna Prisoners of Arionn The Race for God Memorymakers Blood on the Sun The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma Timeweb The Web and the Stars Webdancers Dreamer of Dune: The Biography of Frank Herbert The Forgotten Heroes: The Heroic Story of the United States Merchant Marine ISBN 0-7653-0706-5 Dune: House Atreides Dune: House Harkonnen Dune: House Corrino Dune: The Butlerian Jihad Dune: The Machine Crusade Dune: The Battle of Corrin The Road to Dune Hunters of Dune Sandworms of Dune Paul of Dune The Winds of Dune The Throne of Dune Leto of Dune Sisterhood of Dune Mentats of Dune Navigators of Dune "Dune: A Whisper of Caladan Seas" "Dune: Hunting Harkonnens" "Dune: Whipping Mek" "Dune: The Faces of a Martyr" "Dune: Sea Child" "Dune: Treasure in the Sand" with Kevin J. Anderson Hellhole Hellhole Awakening Hellhole Inferno Official website Brian Herbert at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson on YouTube, Authors@Google video talk.
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Kevin J. Anderson
Kevin James Anderson is an American science fiction author with over 50 bestsellers. He has written spin-off novels for Star Wars, StarCraft, Titan A. E. and The X-Files, with Brian Herbert is the co-author of the Dune prequel series. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series and the Nebula Award-nominated Assemblers of Infinity, he has written several comic books, including the Dark Horse Star Wars collection Tales of the Jedi written in collaboration with Tom Veitch, Dark Horse Predator titles, The X-Files titles for Topps. Some of Anderson's superhero novels include Enemies & Allies, about the first meeting of Batman and Superman, The Last Days of Krypton, telling the story of how Superman's planet Krypton came to be destroyed. Anderson has published over 140 books, over 50 of which have been on US and international bestseller lists, he has more than 23 million books in print worldwide, his wife is author Rebecca Moesta. They reside near Monument, Colorado. Kevin J. Anderson was born March 27, 1962 in Racine and grew up in Oregon, Wisconsin.
According to Anderson, The War of the Worlds influenced him. He wrote his first story at eight years old entitled "Injection". At ten, he bought a typewriter and has written since. In his freshman year in high school, he submitted his first short story to a magazine, but it took two more years before one of his manuscripts was accepted; when it was accepted, they paid him in copies of the magazine. In his senior year, he sold his first story for money for $12.50. For 12 years Anderson worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he met fellow writers Rebecca Moesta and Doug Beason. Anderson would marry Moesta, coauthors novels with both her and Beason. Anderson's first novel, Inc. was published in 1988 and nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel. His 1993 collaboration with Beason, Assemblers of Infinity, was nominated for both a Nebula and Locus Award. Anderson wrote The X-Files novels Ground Zero and Antibodies. Ground Zero reached #1 on the London Sunday Times Best Seller List and Ruins made the New York Times Best Seller list.
Contracted to write novels in the Star Wars expanded universe, Anderson published the Jedi Academy trilogy in 1994, followed by the 1996 novel Darksaber. He and Moesta wrote the 14-volume Young Jedi Knights series from 1995 to 1998; as a noted Star Wars novelist, Anderson was a participant in the FidoNet Star Wars Echo, a 1990s bulletin board system forum cited as one of the earliest influential forms of Star Wars on-line fandom. In 1997, Anderson and Brian Herbert signed a $3 million deal with Bantam Books to coauthor a prequel trilogy to the 1965 novel Dune and its five sequels by Herbert's deceased father, Frank Herbert. Starting with 1999's Dune: House Atreides, the ongoing Dune prequel series has expanded to ten novels to date. In 2011 Publishers Weekly called the series "a sprawling edifice that Frank Herbert’s son and Anderson have built on the foundation of the original Dune novels." Anderson and Brian Herbert have published Hunters of Dune and Sandworms of Dune, sequels to Frank Herbert's final novel Chapterhouse: Dune which complete the chronological progression of his original series and wrap up storylines that began with his Heretics of Dune.
Between 2011 and 2014, Anderson and Herbert released their Hellhole trilogy of novels unrelated to Dune. In 2002, Anderson released the steampunk/adventure novel Captain Nemo: The Fantastic History of a Dark Genius, was subsequently asked to write The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, a novelization of the film of the same name; the following year he wrote the novelization for the 2004 film Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. In 2005, Anderson co-wrote, along with Dean Koontz, the first book in the Frankenstein series called Frankenstein, Prodigal Son. Between 2002 and 2008, Anderson published a seven novel original space opera series called The Saga of Seven Suns. In 2014 he began publishing a sequel trilogy called The Saga of Shadows. Anderson published four novels and two short stories in his Dan Shamble, Zombie P. I. series between 2012 and 2014. In 2012, Anderson penned a novelization of Clockwork Angels, an album by the Canadian rock band Rush. In 2011, Anderson and Moesta founded their own publishing imprint, WordFire Press, to reissue some of their out-of-print books in paperback and/or e-book formats.
They have subsequently published and reprinted works in various genres, including several out-of-print or unpublished novels by Frank Herbert. In 2013, WordFire acquired the reprint rights to the works of Allen Drury, including his 1959 Pulitzer Prize-winning political novel Advise and Consent; that novel, out of print for nearly 15 years, ranked #27 on the 2013 BookFinder.com list of the Top 100 Most Searched for Out of Print Books before WordFire reissued it in February 2014. The company reprinted Advise and Consent's five sequels — A Shade of Difference, Capable of Honor and Protect, Come Nineveh, Come Tyre, The Promise of Joy — as well as Drury's novels Mark Coffin, U. S. S. and Decision. WordFire released four unpublished novels by Frank Herbert, who died in 1986: High-Opp, Angels' Fall, A Game of Authors, A Thorn in the Bush. Anderson announced these in his blog. WordFire reissued several of Herbert's unavailable titles: Destination: Void, The Heaven Makers, Soul Catcher, The Godmakers, Direct Descent — as well as Man of Two Worlds, an out-of-print novel cowritten by Herbert and his son Brian.