Direct Descent is a short science fiction novel by American writer Frank Herbert. It was based on the short story "Pack Rat Planet" published in 1954 in Astounding Science Fiction. Set in the far future, it consists of two stories about how the peaceful Archivists of the library planet Earth have to deal with warmongers arriving and trying to exploit knowledge for power, it contains a lot of pictures and is aimed at children or adolescents
High-Opp is a science fiction novel by American writer Frank Herbert, written between The Dragon in the Sea and Dune, published posthumously in 2012. It contains a foreword by Kevin J. Anderson, who co-authored many books in the Dune series with Frank Herbert's son. Brian Herbert. Though the novel was never published in Herbert's lifetime, some elements of the story were used in his 1977 novel The Dosadi Experiment, sometimes word-for-word. On a dystopian future Earth, an ongoing series of opinion polls set the boundaries of the caste system: the high scored High-Opps are rewarded with luxury and privilege, while the low-opped struggle for comfort and survival in the crowded Labor Pool; when Senior Liaitor Daniel Movius falls from the upper ranks to the lowest depths of society, he faces the harsh and brutal conditions of the underworld and finds a brewing revolution in need of a leader
Angels' Fall is an adventure/thriller novel written by Frank Herbert in 1957 and published posthumously in 2013. After crashing in the Amazon rainforest, pilot Jeb Logan leads his small group of passengers on a desperate journey of survival
The Tactful Saboteur
"The Tactful Saboteur" is a science fiction novelette by American writer Frank Herbert, which first appeared in Galaxy Science Fiction magazine in October 1964. It established the setting for Herbert's ConSentiency universe, one of his three elaborate universes or franchises spanning multiple volumes; the three chapter story "The Tactful Saboteur", written in a brisk, economical style, proved to be one of Herbert's most popular works. It was subsequently republished in The Worlds of Frank Herbert in 1971 and again in Herbert's 1985 short story collection Eye after interest was renewed in the wake of the film adaptation of Herbert's novel Dune; the protagonist of "The Tactful Saboteur" is saboteur extraordinary Jorj X. McKie, an employee of the Bureau of Sabotage. BuSab is a government agency responsible for conducting dirty tricks "in lieu of red tape" to help slow down and regulate the vast galaxy-spanning bureaucracy of the ConSentiency. Tasked with finding missing saboteur Napoleon Bildoon, McKie attempts to penetrate the secrets of the Pan-Spechi, a race divided into groups of five "crèche mates", only one of whom possess ego-awareness at a time.
In so doing he runs afoul of the "Tax Watchers" organization, adamantly opposed to the existence of BuSab. Herbert, Frank. "A Matter of Traces" Fantastic Universe, 1958 Herbert, Frank. "The Tactful Saboteur" Galaxy Science Fiction, 1964 Herbert, Frank. Whipping Star G. P. Putnam's 1970 Herbert, Frank; the Dosadi Experiment G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1977 The Tactful Saboteur title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database "The Tactful Saboteur" at the Internet Archive
In literature, a serial is a printing format by which a single larger work a work of narrative fiction, is published in smaller, sequential installments. The installments are known as numbers, parts or fascicles, may be released either as separate publications or within sequential issues of a periodical publication, such as a magazine or newspaper; the growth of moveable type in the 17th century prompted episodic and disconnected narratives such as L'Astrée and Le Grand Cyrus. At that time, books remained a premium item, so to reduce the price and expand the market, publishers produced large works in lower-cost installments called fascicles. Serialized fiction surged in popularity during Britain's Victorian era, due to a combination of the rise of literacy, technological advances in printing, improved economics of distribution. Most Victorian novels first appeared as installments in weekly periodicals; the wild success of Charles Dickens's The Pickwick Papers, first published in 1836, is considered to have established the viability and appeal of the serialized format within periodical literature.
During that era, the line between "quality" and "commercial" literature was not distinct. Other famous writers who wrote serial literature for popular magazines were Wilkie Collins, inventor of the detective novel with The Moonstone and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who created the Sherlock Holmes stories for serialization in The Strand magazine. While American periodicals first syndicated British writers, over time they drew from a growing base of domestic authors; the rise of the periodicals like Harper's and the Atlantic Monthly grew in symbiotic tandem with American literary talent. The magazines nurtured and provided an economic sustainability for writers, while the writers helped grow the periodicals' circulation base. During the late 19th century, those that were considered the best American writers first published their work in serial form and only in a completed volume format; as a piece in Scribner's Monthly explained in 1878, "Now it is the second or third rate novelist who cannot get publication in a magazine, is obliged to publish in a volume, it is in the magazine that the best novelist always appears first."
Among the American writers that wrote in serial form were Herman Melville. A large part of the appeal for writers at the time was the broad audiences that serialization could reach, which would grow their following for published works. One of the first significant American works to be released in serial format is Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe, published over a 40-week period by The National Era, an abolitionist periodical, starting with the June 5, 1851 issue. Serialization was so standard in American literature that authors from that era built installment structure into their creative process. James, for example had his works divided into multi-part segments of similar length; the consumption of fiction during that time was different than in the 20th century. Instead of being read in a single volume, a novel would be consumed by readers in installments over a period as long as a year, with the authors and periodicals responding to audience reaction. In France, Alexandre Dumas and Eugène Sue were masters of the serialized genre.
The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo each appeared as a feuilleton. The Count of Monte Cristo was stretched out to 139 installments. Eugène Sue's serial novel Le Juif errant increased circulation of Le Constitutionnel from 3,600 to 25,000. Production in book form soon followed and serialization was one of the main reasons that nineteenth-century novels were so long. Authors and publishers kept the story going if it was successful since authors were paid by line and by episode. Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary was serialized in La Revue de Paris in 1856; some writers were prolific. Alexandre Dumas wrote at an incredible pace, oftentimes writing with his partner twelve to fourteen hours a day, working on several novels for serialized publication at once. However, not every writer could keep up with the serial writing pace. Wilkie Collins, for instance, was never more than a week before publication; the difference in writing pace and output in large part determined the author's success, as audience appetite created demand for further installments.
In the German-speaking countries, the serialized novel was popularized by the weekly family magazine Die Gartenlaube, which reached a circulation of 382,000 by 1875. In Russia, The Russian Messenger serialized Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina from 1873 to 1877 and Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov from 1879 to 1880. In Poland, Bolesław Prus wrote several serialized novels: The Outpost, The Doll, The New Woman, his sole historical novel, Pharaoh. In addition, works in late Qing dynasty China had been serialized; the Nine-tailed Turtle was serialized from 1906 to 1910. Bizarre Happenings Eyewitnessed over Two Decades was serialized in Xin Xiaoshuo, a magazine by Liang Qichao; the first half of Officialdom Unmasked appeared in installments of Shanghai Shijie Fanhua Bao, serialized there from April 1903 to June 1905. Template:CLarification With the rise of broadcast—both radio and television series—in the first half of the 20th century, printed periodical fiction began a slow decline as newspapers and magazines shifted their focus from entertainment to information and news.
However, some serialization of novels in periodicals continued, with mixed success. The first several books in the Tales of the City series by Armistead Maupin appea
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
Avon Publications is one of the top most publishers of romance fiction. At Avon's initial stages, it was an American paperback book and comic book publisher; the shift in content occurred in the early 1970's with multiple Avon romance titles reaching and maintaining spots in bestseller lists, demonstrating the market and potential profits in romance publication. As of 2010, Avon is an imprint of HarperCollins. Avon Books was founded in 1941 by the American News Company to create a rival to Pocket Books, they hired sister Joseph Meyers and Edna Meyers Williams to establish the company. ANC bought out J. S. Ogilvie Publications, a dime novel publisher owned by both the Meyers, renamed it "Avon Publications", they got into comic books. "The early Avons were somewhat similar in appearance to the existing paperbacks of Pocket Books, resulting in an immediate and ineffective lawsuit by that company. Despite this superficial similarity, from early on Meyers differentiated Avon by placing an emphasis on popular appeal rather than loftier concepts of literary merit."
The first 40 titles were not numbered. First editions of the first dozen or so have front and rear endpapers with an illustration of a globe; the emphasis on "popular appeal" led Avon to publish ghost stories, sexually-suggestive love stories, fantasy novels and science fiction in its early years, which were far removed in audience appeal from the somewhat more literary Pocket competition. As well as normal-sized paperbacks, Avon published digest-format paperbacks in series; these included Modern Short Story Monthly and Avon Fantasy Reader. Many authors prized by present-day collectors were published in these editions, including A. Merritt, James M. Cain, H. P. Lovecraft, Raymond Chandler and Robert E. Howard. In 1953, Avon Books sold books in the price range of 25¢ to 50¢ and were selling more than 20 million copies a year, their books were characterized by Time Magazine as "westerns and the kind of boy-meets-girl story that can be illustrated by a ripe cheesecake jacket". At around this time, Avon began to publish under other imprints, including Eton, Novel Library and Diversey.
Avon's 35-cent "T" series, introduced in 1953 had strong mass-market appeal and contains many outstanding examples of the then-popular juvenile delinquent story. The T series contained many movie tie-in editions and the stand-bys of mysteries and science fiction. Avon was bought by the Hearst Corporation in 1959. In the late 1960s there was a surge of interest in Satanism due to the emergence of Anton LaVey's Church of Satan in 1966 and the success of Ira Levin's novel Rosemary's Baby in 1967. In 1968, an Avon editor named Peter Mayer approached Anton LaVey with the idea of publishing a "Satanic Bible," and he asked Anton to author it. Anton obliged, in December of 1969 The Satanic Bible was published as an Avon paperback. In 1972, Avon entered the modern romance genre with the publication of Kathleen Woodiwiss' The Flame and the Flower; the novel went on to sell 2.35 million copies. Avon followed its release with the 1974 publication of Woodiwiss's second novel, The Wolf and the Dove; the next two romances by newcomer Rosemary Rogers, Sweet Savage Love and Dark Fires published in 1974, reached bestseller status.
The latter sold two million copies in its first three months of release and the former inspired the name of the genre: "sweet savage romances". In 1999, the News Corporation bought out Hearst's book division. Avon's hardcover and non-romance paperback lines were moved to sister company Morrow, leaving Avon as a romance publisher. Avon launched the erotica imprint Avon Red in 2006. Avon developed the event KissCon in 2014, in order to serve the population of romance readers looking for more interaction with their authors and opportunities to strengthen their reading community connections. For its 75 year anniversary in 2016, Avon published 65 original titles, along with an anniversary edition of Shanna, a romance novel by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, published in 1977 that held a spot on the New York Times bestseller list for over thirty weeks. In addition to the re-release, the book included a forward by the more recent bestseller, another author represented by Avon, Lisa Kleypas. From at least 1945 through the mid-1950s, Avon published comic books.
Its titles included horror fiction, science fiction, romance comics, war comics and funny-animal comics. Most titles lasted only a few issues, with the six longest-running detailed in the complete list below: Official website