Destination: Void is a science fiction novel by American author Frank Herbert, the first set in the Destination: Void universe. It first appeared in Galaxy Magazine in August 1965, under the title "Do I Wake or Dream?", but was published as Destination: Void, in book form the following year. A revised edition and updated by the author, was released in 1978; the book stands alone but the story is continued - and embellished with more details of the Moonbase project and the history of the clones - in Herbert’s other novels The Jesus Incident, The Lazarus Effect and The Ascension Factor, co-authored by Bill Ransom. In the future, mankind has tried to develop artificial intelligence, succeeding only once, disastrously. A transmission from the project site on an island in the Puget Sound, "rogue consciousness!", was followed by slaughter and destruction, culminating in the island vanishing from the face of the earth. The current project is being run on the moon, the book tells the story of the seventh attempt in a series of experiments to create an artificial consciousness.
For each attempt the scientists raise a group of clones. These clones are kept isolated and raised to believe that they will be the crew of a spaceship that will colonize a planet in the Tau Ceti solar system; the spaceship will take hundreds of years to reach the system and the crew will spend most of their time in hibernation. Along with the crew of six, the ship carries thousands of other clones in hibernation, intended to populate the new colony and, if necessary, provide replacements for any crew members who die along the way; the crew are just caretakers: the ship is controlled by a disembodied human brain, called "Organic Mental Core" or "OMC", that runs the complex operations of the vessel and keeps it moving in space. But the first two OMCs become catatonic, while the third OMC goes insane and kills two of the umbilicus crew members; the crew are left with only one choice: to build an artificial consciousness that will enable the ship to continue. The crew knows; the clones have been bred and selected for psychological purposes to reinforce each other, as well as to provide various specialized skills that will give them the best chance of success.
The crew includes a chaplain-psychiatrist, Raja Flattery, who knows their real purpose, that the breakdown of the "OMC"s was planned. He's aware that six other ships have gone out before each one failing, he understands the nature of the test: create a high pressure environment in which brilliance may break through out of necessity, create in the safety of the void what humans couldn't safely create on Earth. Space Ship Earthling number Seven succeeds, the consequences of their success form the basis of the plot for the novels which follow. Destination: Void title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database Destination: Void on Open Library at the Internet Archive "Do I Wake or Dream?" at the Internet Archive
The Worlds of Frank Herbert
The Worlds of Frank Herbert is a collection of eight short stories written by science fiction author Frank Herbert. All of the stories in this collection had been published in magazines. "The GM Effect" - short story - Analog, June 1965 "The Featherbedders" - novelette - Analog, August 1967 "Old Rambling House" - short story - Galaxy Science Fiction, April 1958 "Committee of the Whole" - short story - Galaxy Magazine, April 1965 "Escape Felicity" - short story - Analog, June 1966 "By the Book" - short story - Analog, August 1966. "Mating Call" - short story - Galaxy Magazine, October 1961 "The Tactful Saboteur" - novelette - Galaxy Magazine, October 1964 "A-W-F, Unlimited" - novelette - Galaxy Magazine, June 1961 DuneNovels.com ~ Official site of Dune and Herbert Limited Partnership
Library of Congress Classification
The Library of Congress Classification is a system of library classification developed by the Library of Congress. It is used by most research and academic libraries in the U. S. and several other countries. LCC should not be confused with LCCN, the system of Library of Congress Control Numbers assigned to all books, which defines URLs of their online catalog entries, such as "82006074" and "http://lccn.loc.gov/82006074". The Classification is distinct from Library of Congress Subject Headings, the system of labels such as "Boarding schools" and "Boarding schools—Fiction" that describe contents systematically; the classifications may be distinguished from the call numbers assigned to particular copies of books in the collection, such as "PZ7. J684 Wj 1982 FT MEADE Copy 1" where the classification is "PZ7. J684 Wj 1982"; the classification was invented by Herbert Putnam in 1897, just before he assumed the librarianship of Congress. With advice from Charles Ammi Cutter, it was influenced by his Cutter Expansive Classification, the Dewey Decimal System, the Putnam Classification System.
It was designed for the purposes and collection of the Library of Congress to replace the fixed location system developed by Thomas Jefferson. By the time Putnam departed from his post in 1939, all the classes except K and parts of B were well developed. LCC has been criticized for lacking a sound theoretical basis. Although it divides subjects into broad categories, it is enumerative in nature; that is, it provides a guide to the books in one library's collections, not a classification of the world. In 2007 The Wall Street Journal reported that in the countries it surveyed most public libraries and small academic libraries used the older Dewey Decimal Classification system; the National Library of Medicine classification system uses the initial letters W and QS–QZ, which are not used by LCC. Some libraries use NLM in conjunction with LCC. Others include Medicine R. Subclass AC -- Collections. Series. Collected works Subclass AE – Encyclopedias Subclass AG – Dictionaries and other general reference works Subclass AI – Indexes Subclass AM – Museums.
Collectors and collecting Subclass AN – Newspapers Subclass AP – Periodicals Subclass AS – Academies and learned societies Subclass AY – Yearbooks. Almanacs. Directories Subclass AZ – History of scholarship and learning; the humanities Subclass B – Philosophy Subclass BC – Logic Subclass BD – Speculative philosophy Subclass BF – Psychology Subclass BH – Aesthetics Subclass BJ – Ethics Subclass BL – Religions. Mythology. Rationalism Subclass BM – Judaism Subclass BP – Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc. Subclass BQ – Buddhism Subclass BR – Christianity Subclass BS – The Bible Subclass BT – Doctrinal theology Subclass BV – Practical Theology Subclass BX – Christian Denominations Subclass C – Auxiliary Sciences of History Subclass CB – History of Civilization Subclass CC – Archaeology Subclass CD – Diplomatics. Archives. Seals Subclass CE – Technical Chronology. Calendar Subclass CJ – Numismatics Subclass CN – Inscriptions. Epigraphy Subclass CR – Heraldry Subclass CS – Genealogy Subclass CT – Biography Subclass D – History Subclass DA – Great Britain Subclass DAW – Central Europe Subclass DB – Austria – Liechtenstein – Hungary – Czechoslovakia Subclass DC – France – Andorra – Monaco Subclass DD – Germany Subclass DE – Greco-Roman World Subclass DF – Greece Subclass DG – Italy – Malta Subclass DH – Low Countries – Benelux Countries Subclass DJ – Netherlands Subclass DJK – Eastern Europe Subclass DK – Russia.
Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics – Poland Subclass DL – Northern Europe. Scandinavia Subclass DP – Spain – Portugal Subclass DQ – Switzerland Subclass DR – Balkan Peninsula Subclass DS – Asia Subclass DT – Africa Subclass DU – Oceania Subclass DX – Romanies Class E does not have any subclasses. Class F does not have any subclasses, however Canadian Universities and the Canadian National Library use FC for Canadian History, a subclass that the LC has not adopted, but which it has agreed not to use for anything else Subclass G – Geography. Atlases. Maps Subclass GA – Mathematical geography. Cartography Subclass GB – Physical geography Subclass GC – Oceanography Subclass GE – Environmental Sciences Subclass GF – Human ecology. Anthropogeography Subclass GN – Anthropology Subclass GR – Folklore Subclass GT – Manners and customs Subclass GV – Recreation. Leisure Subclass H – Social sciences Subclass HA – Statistics Subclass HB – Economic theory. Demography Subclass HC – Economic history and conditions Subclass HD – Industries.
Land use. Labor Subclass HE – Transportation and communications Subclass HF – Commerce Subclass HG – Finance Subclass HJ – Public finance Subclass HM – Sociology Subclass HN – Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform Subclass HQ – The family. Marriage and Sexuality Subclass HS – Societies: secret, etc. Subclass HT – Communities. Classes. Races Subclass HV – Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology Subclass HX – Socialism. Communism. Anarchism Subclass J – General legislative and executive papers Subclass JA – Political science Subclass JC – Political theory Subclass JF – Political institutions and public administration Subclass JJ – Political institutions and public administration Subclass JK – Political institutions and public administration Subclass JL – Political instit
Chapterhouse: Dune is a 1985 science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, the last in his Dune series of six novels. It rose to #2 on The New York Times Best Seller list. A direct follow-up to Heretics of Dune, the novel chronicles the continued struggles of the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood against the violent Honored Matres, who are succeeding in their bid to seize control of the universe and destroy the factions and planets that oppose them. Chapterhouse: Dune ends with a cliffhanger, Herbert's subsequent death in 1986 left some overarching plotlines of the series unresolved. Two decades Herbert's son Brian Herbert, along with Kevin J. Anderson, published two sequels – Hunters of Dune and Sandworms of Dune – based in part on notes left behind by Frank Herbert for what he referred to as Dune 7, his own planned seventh novel in the Dune series; the situation is desperate for the Bene Gesserit as they find themselves the targets of the Honored Matres, whose conquest of the Old Empire is complete. The Matres are seeking to assimilate the technology and developed methods 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 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; the Honored Matres have destroyed the entire Bene Tleilax civilization, with Tleilaxu Master Scytale the only one of his kind left alive. In Bene Gesserit captivity, Scytale possesses the Tleilaxu secret of ghola production, which he has reluctantly traded for the Sisterhood's protection; the first ghola produced is that of their deceased military genius, Miles Teg. The Bene Gesserit have two other prisoners on Chapterhouse: the latest Duncan Idaho ghola, former Honored Matre Murbella, whom they have accepted as a novice despite their suspicion that she intends to escape back to the Honored Matres. Lampadas, a center for Bene Gesserit education, has been destroyed by the Honored Matres.
The planet's Chancellor, Reverend Mother Lucilla, manages to escape carrying the shared-minds of millions of Reverend Mothers. Lucilla is forced to land on Gammu; the Rabbi gives Lucilla sanctuary. Before doing so, he reveals Rebecca, a "wild" Reverend Mother who has gained her Other Memory without Bene Gesserit training. Lucilla shares minds with Rebecca, who promises to take the memories of Lampadas safely back to the Sisterhood. Lucilla is "betrayed", taken before the Great Honored Matre Dama, who tries to persuade her to join the Honored Matres, preserving her life in exchange for Bene Gesserit secrets. Lucilla refuses, Dama kills her. Back on Chapterhouse, Odrade confronts Duncan and forces him to admit that he is a Mentat, proving that he retains the memories of his many ghola lives, he does not reveal his mysterious visions of two people. Meanwhile, Murbella collapses under the pressure of Bene Gesserit training, giving in to "word weapons" that the Bene Gesserit had planted to undermine her earlier Honored Matre identity.
Murbella realizes. Odrade believes that the Bene Gesserit made a mistake in fearing emotion, that in order to evolve, the Bene Gesserit must learn to accept emotions. Odrade permits Duncan to watch Murbella undergo the spice agony, making him the first man to do so. Murbella becomes a Reverend Mother. Odrade confronts Sheeana, discovering that Duncan and Sheeana have been allied together for some time. Sheeana does not reveal that they have been considering the option of reawakening Teg's memory through Imprinting, nor does Odrade discover that Sheeana has the keys to Duncan's no-ship prison. Odrade continues molding Scytale, with Sheeana showing him a baby sandworm, the Bene Gesserit's own long term supply of spice, destroying Scytale's main bargaining card. Teg is awakened by Sheeana using imprinting techniques. Odrade appoints him again as Bashar of the military forces of the Sisterhood for the assault on the Honored Matres. Odrade next calls a meeting of all the Bene Gesserit, announcing her plan to attack the Honored Matres.
She tells them. She announces candidates to succeed her as Mother Superior. Odrade goes to meet the Great Honored Matre. Under cover of Odrade's diplomacy, the Bene Gesserit forces under Teg attack Gammu with tremendous force. Teg uses his secret ability to see no-ships to secure control of the system. Survivors of the attack flee to Junction, Teg follows them there and carries all with him. Victory for the Bene Gesserit seems inevitable. In the midst of this battle, the Jews take refuge with the Bene Gesserit fleet. Logno — chief advisor to Dama — assassinates Dama with poison and assumes control of the Honored Matres, her first act surprises Odrade greatly. Too late and Teg realize they have fallen into a trap, the Honored Matres use a mysterious weapon to turn defeat into victory, as well as capturing Odrade. Murbella saves as much of the Bene Gesserit force as she can and they begin to withdraw to Chapterhouse. Odrade, had planned for the possible failure of the Bene Gesserit attack and left Murbella instructions for a last desperate gamble.
Murbella pilots a small craft down to the surface, announcing herself as an Honored Matre who, in the confusion, has managed to escape the Bene Gesserit with all t
Whipping Star is a 1970 science fiction novel by American writer Frank Herbert. It is the first full-length novel set in the ConSentiency universe established by Herbert in his novelette The Tactful Saboteur. In the far future, humankind has made contact with numerous other species: Gowachin, Wreaves, Pan Spechi and Caleban and has helped to form the ConSentiency to govern among the species. After suffering under a tyrannous pure democracy which had the power to create laws so fast that no thought could be given to the effects, the sentients of the galaxy found the need for a Bureau of Sabotage to slow the wheels of government, thereby preventing it from legislating recklessly. In Whipping Star, Jorj X. McKie is a saboteur extraordinary, a born troublemaker who has become one of BuSab's best agents; as the novel opens, it is revealed that Calebans, who are beings visible to other sentient species as stars, have been disappearing one by one. Each disappearance is accompanied by millions of sentient deaths and instances of incurable insanity.
Ninety years prior to the setting of Whipping Star, the Calebans appeared and offered jumpdoors to the collective species, allowing sentients to travel to any point in the universe. Gratefully accepting, the sentiency didn't question the consequences. Now Mliss Abnethe, a psychotic human female with immense power and wealth, has bound a Caleban in a contract that allows the Caleban to be whipped to death; the Calebans begin to disappear one at a time. As all Calebans are connected, if all were to remain in our existence, when Fannie Mae died, all Calebans would die; as each Caleban exits, millions of the ConSentiency are rendered insane. McKie has to find Mliss and stop her before Fannie Mae reaches, in her words, "ultimate discontinuity", but he is constrained by the law protecting private individuals by restricting the ministrations of BuSab to public entities. McKie succeeds in saving Fannie Mae by opening a jumpdoor into space which shunts a large interstellar cloud of hydrogen into her stellar body, rejuvenating her from her torture at the hands of the Palenki henchmen hired by Mliss Abnethe.
Fannie Mae agreed to the contract with Abnethe in return for education. Calebans have great difficulty understanding and communicating with the more limited species of the ConSentiency, but Fannie Mae is curious. Abnethe's wealth provides the best tutors in exchange for Fannie Mae's agreement to take the whippings. Abnethe has an insane sadistic streak, but a court-mandated Clockwork-Orange-style conditioning session leaves her unable to tolerate the suffering of others. Abnethe needs a Caleban to take the whippings because she still craves a way to satisfy her sadistic urges and Calebans do not broadcast their pain in a way, recognized by other species. Whipping Star was followed in 1977 by Herbert's The Dosadi Experiment and preceded by the short story "The Tactful Saboteur". While these stories are not related to Whipping Star, they take place in the same imaginary universe and have the same main character, Jorj X. McKie; the "chairdog" mentioned on page 67 is mentioned in multiple "Dune" novels.
Jorj X. McKie - BuSab Saboteur Extraordinary - Human Bildoon - BuSab Director - Pan Spechi Fannie Mae - Caleban Mliss Abnethe - wealthy female - human Whipping Star title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database Whipping Star on Open Library at the Internet Archive
The Book of Frank Herbert
The Book of Frank Herbert is a collection of ten short stories written by science fiction author Frank Herbert. The first edition of this book contained cover interior artwork by Jack Gaughan. Three of the stories in this collection appeared here for the first time. "Seed Stock" - short story - Analog, April 1970 "The Nothing" - short story - Fantastic Universe, January 1956 "Rat Race" - novelette - Astounding Science Fiction, July 1955 "Gambling Device" - short story - first appearance, 1973 "Looking for Something?" - short story - Startling Stories, April 1952 "The Gone Dogs" - short story - Amazing Stories, November 1954 "Passage for Piano" - short story - first appearance, 1973 "Encounter in a Lonely Place" - short story – first appearance, 1973 "Operation Syndrome" - novelette - Astounding Science Fiction, June 1954 "Occupation Force" - short story - Fantastic, August 1955 DuneNovels.com ~ Official site of Dune and Herbert Limited Partnership
The Dragon in the Sea
The Dragon in the Sea known as Under Pressure from its serialization, is a novel by Frank Herbert. It was first serialized in Astounding magazine from 1955 to 1956 reworked and published as a book in 1956, it is classified as a psychological novel. In a near-future earth, the West and the East have been at war for more than a decade, resources are running thin; the West is stealing oil from the East with specialized nuclear submarines that sneak into the underwater oil fields of the East to secretly pump out the oil and bring it back. Each manned by a crew of four, these submarines undertake the most hazardous, stressful mission conceivable, of late, the missions have been failing, with the last twenty submarines disappearing; the East has been successful in planting sleepers in the West's military and command structures, the suspicion is that sleepers are sabotaging the subs or revealing their positions once at sea. John Ramsey, a young psychologist from the Bureau of Psychology, is trained as an electronics operator and sent on the next mission, replacing the previous officer who went insane.
His secret mission is to figure out why the crews are going insane. For Herbert and religion play a large role in the narrative, as John Ramsey comes to understand the nature of the subtug crews and how they carry out their missions; the technology of the submarines towing large bags filled with the surreptitiously pumped oil described in the books may have been an inspiration for the invention called the Dracone for which development started in the year following Herbert's serial. Galaxy reviewer Floyd C. Gale praised Dragon in the Sea as "a fascinating story.... Tense and well-written novel." Algis Budrys described it as "hypnotically fascinating," praising Herbert's "intelligence, capacity for research" as well as his "ability to write clean prose as an unobtrusive but effective vehicle for a cleanly told story." Anthony Boucher found the novel "as impressive in its cumulative depiction of a specialized scientific background as anything since Hal Clement's Mission of Gravity." Spider Robinson, reviewing a mid-1970s reissue, faulted the novel's characterizations, saying "there are no real people in it, only psychological types and syndromes walking around on legs."J. Francis McComas praised the novel in The New York Times, comparing it to Forester and Wouk and declaring, "In this fine blend of speculation and action, Mr. Herbert has created a novel that ranks with the best of modern science fiction."
The Dragon in the Sea tied for number thirty-four in the 1975 Locus All-Time Poll. The "Under Pressure" chapter from Timothy O'Reilly's critical study of Frank Herbert, Frank Herbert Review The Dragon in the Sea title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database