Ve siècle avant Jésus-Christ : l'empire perse est à son apogée. Parvenu au terme d'un règne glorieux, Darius se lance à la conquête de l'Europe. Affrontera-t-il les Grecs coupables d'avoir saccagé la ville de Sardes ou tournera-t-il ses armées vers le fabuleux pays des Scythes ?
À Khodabad, petite bourgade perse, la jeune orpheline Sétareh, à laquelle le mage Zarathoustra prédit un destin exceptionnel, trouve refuge auprès de Mardochée dans une modeste communauté juive.
Enrôlé malgré lui dans l'infanterie, Mardochée remonte l'Euphrate à la suite du Roi des Rois. La chance semble tout d'abord sourire aux Perses qui capturent la belle princesse scythe Ketayun au charme de laquelle ni Darius ni son fils, le fougueux prince Xerxès, ne sont insensibles...
Mais pour le Grand Roi désormais le temps presse : la cour le somme de désigner son héritier ; selon ses espions, les circonstances sont favorables à un assaut contre les Athéniens, et dans la capitale perse laissée à la garde de la reine Atossa, la révolte gronde...
INÉDITAux sources de Dune, la légende des Atréides.
Un an avant Dune... Avant d'être le concubin de Dame Jessica et le père de Paul-Muad'Dib, Leto Atréides est le Duc de Caladan, une petite planète de l'Imperium parmi tant d'autres. Sa patience, sa probité et sa loyauté envers l'Empereur Padishah Shaddam IV lui valent les bonnes grâces de celui-ci... et l'inimitié de nombreuses Grandes Maisons, dont celle des Harkonnen, qui voient d'un mauvais oeil son ascension. Mais là où d'autres complotent, Leto agit... Voici son histoire.
Le deuxième tome d'une trilogie prequel qui se situe un an avant Dune, la saga phénomène de la science-fiction.Un an avant Dune...
Dame Jessica, concubine du Duc Leto Atréides et mère de Paul, voit ses vieux démons se réveiller. Elle qui a déjà rompu un serment envers le Bene Gesserit se retrouve confrontée à un dilemme cornélien : doit-elle à nouveau trahir la communauté à laquelle elle appartient et qui l'a formée, ou abandonner sa propre famille ?
L'Imperium est en proie à des événements violents qui échappent même au contrôle de la Révérende Mère, propulsant Dame Jessica et les siens vers leur destin.
" Dune, un univers littéraire en expansion infinie. "
Le Monde des livres
Dune, le chef-d'oeuvre épique de science-fiction de Frank Herbert se
déroulant dans un avenir lointain au milieu d'une société
interstellaire féodale tentaculaire, raconte l'histoire de Paul
Atréides alors que lui et sa famille acceptent le contrôle de la
planète désertique Arrakis... Un mélange étonnant d'aventure et de
mysticisme, d'environnementalisme, et de politique, Dune est une
histoire puissante et fantastique qui jette un regard sans précédent
sur notre univers et est ici transfigurée par son adaptation en roman
graphique. Brian Herbert et Kevin J. Anderson ont conservé
l'intégrité du roman original, et Raúl Allén et Patricia Martín ont
réalisé de splendides illustrations. Le tout est magnifié par les
couvertures de Bill Sienkiewicz. Découvrez ou redécouvrez cette saga
Fleeing from the monstrous Honored Matres - dark counterparts of the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood - Duncan Idaho, the military genius Bashar Miles Teg, a woman named Sheeana who can talk to sandworms, and a group of desperate refugees explore the boundaries of the universe. Aboard their sophisticated no-ship, they have used long-stored cells to resurrect heroes and villains from the past, including Paul Muad'Dib, in preparation for a final confrontation with a mysterious outside Enemy so great it can destroy even the terrible Honored Matres. And, deep in the hold of their giant ship, the refugees carry the last surviving sandworms from devastated Arrakis, as they search the universe for a new Dune.
As the no-ship Ithaca flees through space, the heroes of HUNTERS OF DUNE finally meet the Enemy who followed the violent fanatics, the Honored Matres, back to their universe. The thinking machines vanquished by Serena Butler's jihad were not destroyed, only driven into exile - and now, tens of thousands of years later, they are back. Can the resurrected heroes on board the Ithaca save our race from annihilation?
Between the end of Frank Herbert's DUNE and his next novel DUNE MESSIAH lies a mystery: how a hero adored by a planet became a tyrant hated by a universe. PAUL OF DUNE begins the story of those twelve fateful years and the wars of the jihad of Paul Muad'Dib. It is an epic of battle and betrayal; of love and idealism; of ambition and intrigue. Above all, it is the story of how Paul Atreides - who achieved absolute power when scarcely more than a boy - changes from an idealist into a dictator who is the prisoner of the bureaucrats and fanatics who surround him. 'Frank Herbert would surely be delighted and proud of this continuation of his vision.' Dean Koontz
THE ROAD TO DUNE is a compilation of
material celebrating - and adding to - the epic Dune novels. In this fascinating volume, the world's millions of Dune fans can now read - at
long last - the unpublished chapters and scenes from the original Dune books;
as well as correspondence with Frank Herbert relating to DUNE; short stories by
Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson and also SPICE PLANET, an original novella
by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, based on a detailed outline left by Frank Herbert. 'Frank Herbert would surely be delighted and proud of this continuation of his vision.' Dean Koontz
One hundred and ten centuries from now, humanity has spread across space. And all-powerful machines rule the humans who were once their masters.It began in the Time of Tyrants, when ambitious men and women used high-powered computers to seize control of the heart of the Old Empire including Earth itself. The tyrants translated their brains into mobile mechanical bodies and created a new race, the immortal man-machine hybrids called cymeks. Then the cymeks' world-controlling planetary computers - each known as Omnius - seized control from their overlords and a thousand years of brutal rule by the thinking machines began. But their world faces disaster. Impatient with human beings' endless disobedience and the cymeks' continual plotting to regain their power, Omnius has decided that it no longer needs them. Only victory can save the human race from extermination.'Such vile villains...and such a fascinating description of splendid places.' Anne McCaffrey on HOUSE HARKONNEN
The first battle was a victory. But the war is just beginning . . .Earth is a radioactive ruin. But the initial campaign of the Butlerian Jihad has given new hope to mankind. Serena
Butler, whose murdered child has become a symbol for oppressed humanity, inspires a war against the thinking computers led by Xavier Harkonnen and Vorian Atreides.But four of the Titans - murderous machines with human brains and human cunning - still remain. And the universal computer mind, Omnius, still wields most of its power.'Such vile villains...and such a fascinating description of splendid places.' Anne McCaffrey on HOUSE HARKONNEN
The universal computer mind Omnius has retreated to its last stronghold, where it plots a devastating new strategy that could undo the victories of the Butlerian Jihad. The surviving Titans are creating new lieutenants to do their will when at last they return to attack the human beings they once ruled.In the years of peace too many of mankind have forgotten that their machine enemies never sleep. But some have forgotten nothing - and learned from their triumphs. The brilliant military commander Vorian Atreides, son of a Titan, has the gift of long life from his terrifying father and knows the machines' minds better than any man alive. Norma Cenva, the genius inventor of humanity's best defences, dreams of new discoveries that will make man invincible. And on the windswept desert planet Arrakis, the power that can give them victory waits.The authors of PRELUDE TO DUNE have written the triumphant climax to the history of the Dune universe: the story most eagerly anticipated by its readers.'If you're familiar with the Dune universe it is oddly compelling. This is a successful space opera that spins in a few genuine surprises.' Locus
The triumphant conclusion to the blockbuster trilogy that made science fiction history!
In Dune: House Corrino Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson bring us the magnificent final chapter in the unforgettable saga begun in Dune: House Atreides and continued in Dune: House Harkonnen.
Here nobles and commoners, soldiers and slaves, wives and courtesans shape the amazing destiny of a tumultuous universe. An epic saga of love and war, crime and politics, religion and revolution, this magnificent novel is a fitting conclusion to a great science fiction trilogy ... and an invaluable addition to the thrilling world of Frank Herbert's immortal Dune.
Dune: House Corrino
Fearful of losing his precarious hold on the Golden Lion Throne, Shaddam IV, Emperor of a Million Worlds, has devised a radical scheme to develop an alternative to melange, the addictive spice that binds the Imperium together and that can be found only on the desert world of Dune.
In subterranean labs on the machine planet Ix, cruel Tleilaxu overlords use slaves and prisoners as part of a horrific plan to manufacture a synthetic form of melange known as amal. If amal can supplant the spice from Dune, it will give Shaddam what he seeks: absolute power.
But Duke Leto Atreides, grief-stricken yet unbowed by the tragic death of his son Victor, determined to restore the honor and prestige of his House, has his own plans for Ix.
He will free the Ixians from their oppressive conquerors and restore his friend Prince Rhombur, injured scion of the disgraced House Vernius, to his rightful place as Ixian ruler. It is a bold and risky venture, for House Atreides has limited military resources and many ruthless enemies, including the sadistic Baron Harkonnen, despotic master of Dune.
Meanwhile, Duke Leto's consort, the beautiful Lady Jessica, obeying the orders of her superiors in the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood, has conceived a child that the Sisterhood intends to be the penultimate step in the creation of an all-powerful being. Yet what the Sisterhood doesn't know is that the child Jessica is carrying is not the girl they are expecting, but a boy.
Jessica's act of disobedience is an act of love -- her attempt to provide her Duke with a male heir to House Atreides -- but an act that, when discovered, could kill both mother and baby.
Like the Bene Gesserit, Shaddam Corrino is also concerned with making a plan for the future -- securing his legacy. Blinded by his need for power, the Emperor will launch a plot against Dune, the only natural source of true spice. If he succeeds, his madness will result in a cataclysmic tragedy not even he foresees: the end of space travel, the Imperium, and civilization itself.
With Duke Leto and other renegades and revolutionaries fighting to stem the tide of darkness that threatens to engulf their universe, the stage is set for a showdown unlike any seen before.
From the Hardcover edition.
THE EPIC PREQUEL TO DUNE
"DUNE: HOUSE ATREIDES is a terrific prequel, but it is also a first-rate adventure on its own. Frank Herbert would surely be delighted and proud of this continuation of his vision."--Dean Koontz
Frank Herbert's Dune chronicles became an enduring classic and the most popular science fiction series of all time. Working from recently discovered files left by his father, Brian Herbert and best-selling novelist Kevin J. Anderson bring us Dune: House Atreides, the prequel, which captures all the complexity and grand themes of the original work while weaving a new tapestry of great passion and momentous destiny into a saga that expands the tale written by Frank Herbert more than thirty years ago.
Complex, brilliant, and prophetic, Frank Herbert's award-winning Dune chronicles captured the imaginations of millions of readers worldwide--and transformed their perception of what the future could be. By his death in 1986, Frank Herbert had completed six novels in the Dune series. But much of his vision--vast, sprawling, and multilayered--remained unwritten. Now, working from recently discovered files left by his father, Brian Herbert and bestselling novelist Kevin J. Anderson collaborate on a new novel, the first volume in the prequel to Dune--where we step onto planet Arrakis...decades before Dune's hero, Paul Atreides, walks its sands. --
Beginning nearly four decades before Dune, House Atreides introduces pivotal characters, alliances, base treacheries, and bright hopes that form the foundation of Dune. On the planet Arrakis, an aging tyrant sits on the Golden Lion Throne and rules all of the known universe, while his son grows dangerously impatient for the crown. A quasi-religious order of black-robed women move their secret breeding program one momentous step closer to creating a god-child they call the Kwisatz Haderach. And a minor family among the nobility, House Atreides, chooses a course of honor that will bring it to destruction at the hands of its mortal enemy, House Harkonnen--or take it to new heights of power.
Here is the rich and complex world that Frank Herbert created in his classic series, in the time leading up to the momentous events of Dune. As Emperor Elrood's son Shaddam plots a subtle regicide, young Leto Atreides leaves his lush, water-rich planet for a year's education on the mechanized world of Ix; a planetologist named Pardot Kynes is dispatched by the Emperor to the desert planet Arrakis, or Dune, to discover the secrets of the addictive spice known as melange; and the eight-year-old slave Duncan Idaho is hunted by his cruel masters in a terrifying game from which he vows escape and vengeance. But none can envision the fate in store for them: one that will make them renegades--and shapers of history.
Covering the decade when Shaddam wins his throne, the teenager Leo Atreides becomes unexpectedly the rule of House Atreides, and Pardot Kynes uncovers one of the planet Dune's greatest secrets, House Atreides stands next to Dune in its power and scope. While this new novel solves some of Dune's most baffling mysteries, it presents new puzzles springing from the sands where one day Paul Muad'Dib Atreides will walk. But now, in the years before Paul's birth, an unforgettable new epic begins. Fans of the Dune chronicles will relish the opportunity to return to the rich and exotic universe created by Frank Herbert, while new readers will be introduced to an incomparable imagination--a future where the fate of the entire cosmos is at stake.
Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson return to the vivid universe of Frank Herbert's Dune, bringing a vast array of rich and complex characters into conflict to shape the destiny of worlds....
As Shaddam sits at last on the Golden Lion Throne, Baron Vladimir Harkonnen plots against the new Emperor and House Atreides -- and against the mysterious Sisterhood of the Bene Gesserit. For Leto Atreides, grown complacent and comfortable as ruler of his House, it is a time of momentous choice: between friendship and duty, safety and destiny. But for the survival of House Atreides, there is just one choice -- strive for greatness or be crushed.
From the Paperback edition.
On l'appelle Fond de l'Enfer. Parce qu'il n'existe pas de planète plus inhospitalière dans toute la Zone Profonde. Stérile, éloignée de tout, balayée par d'effroyables tornades et secouée d'éruptions volcaniques... Fond de l'Enfer est l'exil des vaincus de la guerre civile, un endroit pour les parias.
Mais l'ancien général rebelle Adolphus est décidé à changer la donne. En formant une coalition clandestine contre le gouvernement corrompu et tyrannique qui dirige les 74 mondes de la Constellation, il tente de transformer Fond de l'Enfer en un lieu d'opportunités.
Ce que tous ignorent, c'est que la planète maudite cache en son sein un extraordinaire secret.La Constellation du Diadème, une fresque passionnante et intemporelle, est le nouveau cycle de deux grands noms de la science-fi ction : Brian Herbert et Kevin J. Anderson. Tous deux poursuivent parallèlement la célèbre saga de Dune, de Frank Herbert, le père de Brian.