This is the first collection of Brian Herbert’s short fiction, a volume that is packed with highly imaginative, intriguing stories and ideas. In the previously unpublished “Death of the Internet: Under Burning Skies,” the internet is wiped out—forever!—leaving hundreds of millions of people unable to function without a technology that they have become addicted to, and totally dependent upon. Another previously unpublished story, “Earth Games” describes an alien world where Earth people are kept prisoner and forced to perform competitions with hotrod automobiles. Those games strongly resemble rush-hour commute experiences in major US cities, where drivers compete for lane space and make rude hand gestures to one another. A slight difference: the cars in this story have machine guns on the fenders, and cannons on the rooftops!
Two of the stories in this collection—“Earth Games” and “The Stakeout”—were edited by Brian’s father, Frank Herbert, the famed author of Dune, in the early 1980s. The stories were then rewritten by Brian, with those expert comments in mind.
A New York Times-bestselling author, Brian has written many works of fiction and non-fiction. He is best known as the coauthor of 14 new Dune-series novels, written with Kevin J. Anderson. In his solo books, Brian is known for addressing important social issues, such as the environment, politics, and religion. In his highly original novel Ocean, the ocean and its sea creatures declare war on human civilization, in retaliation for pollution and other human-caused abuses that are fouling the waters of the planet. In the Timeweb trilogy, he postulates that the entire galaxy is a single ecosystem, and is crumbling in a huge environmental disaster. In The Stolen Gospels series, Brian writes about a group of women who have discovered female-oriented gospels that were stolen centuries ago, and were never included in the Bible—gospels that describe female apostles of Jesus. In The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma, the American continents are a green “utopia,” but the government is a police state, with severe penalties for infractions—violators are recycled!
In Dangerous Worlds, the characters find themselves in a universe of deep, deep trouble, and must try to get out of seemingly impossible situations. Sometimes they do, and sometimes they don’t!
A ruddy sun has set on the gauntlet that nearly killed Jake and his companions in San Francisco. Storm clouds loom on the horizon, promising the inevitability of an airship battle with the nefarious Colonel Szilágyi.…
Blood Curse, the second book in the Blood War Chronicles, drops Jake into the middle of a war between the Free Territories and the Empire of Texas. In the shadow of warships, mechanized infantry, and spies, he discovers a world he couldn’t possibly have imagined and begins to understand what fate has in store for him.
Jake doesn’t want that destiny, but his growing feelings for the Lady Corina Dănești lead him down a path of death and destruction on a scale that could encompass worlds.
Wild Blue U: Foundation of Honor—The Officer continues the historical saga chronicling the United States Air Force Academy. The Officer unveils the arduous training of America’s leaders, showcasing empathetic, larger-than-life characters set against a fascinating tapestry of vivid, history-changing events that affect the course of the nation, ranging from cheating scandals at the USAF Academy to the Cuban missile crisis and the jungles of Vietnam.
Lay on, Macduff! Off the coast of France, an insane monk accidentally raises Loki, the God of Mischief. Loki has a plan to unleash the end of the world. Now only Macduff, the Iron Thane, can raise an alliance of gods and men to stop Ragnarök in its tracks.