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Dune Messiah

Paperback, NEL 1980 edition, Dune Messiah
Author Frank Herbert
Cover artist Bruce Pennington
Country United States
Language English
Series Dune series
Genre(s) Science fiction, Novel
Publisher N.E.L. (Originally Gollancz)
Publication date 1969
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 222
ISBN ISBN 0-450-05088-2
Preceded by Dune
Followed by Children of Dune

Dune Messiah is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, the second in a series of six novels. It was originally serialized in Galaxy magazine in 1969. The American and British editions have different prologues summarizing events in the previous novel. The novels Dune Messiah and Children of Dune were adapted by the Sci-Fi Channel in 2003 into a mini-series entitled Children of Dune. In 2002, the Science Fiction Book Club also published the two novels in one volume.[1] Image File history File links Size of this preview: 383 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (920 × 1440 pixel, file size: 116 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) A scan of a paperback novel (owned by me), scanned by me. ... Frank Patrick Herbert (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986) was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author. ... Bruce Pennington is a British painter, perhaps best known for his science fiction and fantasy novel cover art. ... For other uses, see Country (disambiguation). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The fictional Dune universe, or Duniverse, is the political, scientific, and social setting of author Frank Herberts six-book Dune series of science fiction novels. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... This article is about the literary concept. ... A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... The New English Library is a United Kingdom book publishing company, which became an imprint of Hodder Headline. ... A Gollancz edition of The Door Into Summer, displaying the distinctive yellow dust jacket style. ... See also: 1968 in literature, other events of 1969, 1970 in literature, list of years in literature. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... “ISBN” redirects here. ... Dune is a science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert and published in 1965. ... Children of Dune Children of Dune is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, third in a series of six novels set in the Dune universe. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Frank Patrick Herbert (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986) was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author. ... The Puppet Masters by Robert A. Heinlein in Galaxy, Sept. ... See also: 1968 in literature, other events of 1969, 1970 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Children of Dune Children of Dune is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, third in a series of six novels set in the Dune universe. ... SCI FI (originally Sci-Fi Channel, sometimes rendered SCI FI Channel when part of a longer phrase) is an American cable television channel, launched on September 24, 1992, specializing in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal programming. ... Children of Dune was the sequel to the 2000 Dune miniseries produced by the United States Sci Fi channel. ... The Book of the Month Club (founded 1923) is a mail-order business where consumers are offered a new book each month. ...

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Plot summary

Twelve years after the events described in Dune, Paul Atreides rules as Emperor of the Known Universe, following a universal jihad he unleashed by accepting the role of Messiah to the Fremen. While Paul is the most powerful Emperor ever known, he is ironically powerless to stop the lethal religious excesses of the juggernaut he has created. Dune is a science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert and published in 1965. ... Paul Atreides, as portrayed by Kyle MacLachlan in David Lynchs Dune (1985), wielding the infamous Weirding Module. Paul Orestes Atreides is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... For other uses, see Jihad (disambiguation). ... Spoiler warning: The Fremen are a group of people in the Dune series of science fiction novels by Frank Herbert. ...


Although sixty-one 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 inevitably lead to stagnation and destruction, while at the same time acting as ruler of the Empire and focal point of the Fremen religion. Prescience is the ability to predict the future through vision. ...


The situation is further complicated by the conspiracy of powerful interests who hope to reverse the events that brought House Atreides to the throne, including the remnants of the displaced House Corrino, the Bene Gesserit who have lost control of their Kwisatz Haderach, the Spacing Guild (now utterly beholden to Paul), and the Bene Tleilax. The Atreides dynasty is unstable because Paul has not produced an heir. Seeking to force Paul to sire a child with her, his consort the Princess Irulan has been secretly giving contraceptives to his beloved concubine, Chani. Paul is aware of this, but he has foreseen that the birth of his heir will bring Chani's death, and he does not want to lose her. Chani then conceives after switching to a traditional Fremen fertility diet, preventing Irulan from being able to tamper with her food. Emblem of House Atreides from Emperor: Battle for Dune For the novel of the same name, see Dune: House Atreides. ... Emperor Frederick Corrino IV, played by Adrian Sparks, seated on the Golden Lion Throne (as seen in the computer game Dune 2000 by Westwood Studios) For the novel of the same name, see Dune: House Corrino. ... The Bene Gesserit (as seen in the prologue of an alternate version of the David Lynch Dune film. ... The Kwisatz Haderach is a fictional name of a prophesied messiah figure in the Dune universe, created by Frank Herbert, and later extended by his son, Brian Herbert, alongside science fiction author Kevin J Anderson. ... The Spacing Guild is a fictional organization in Frank Herberts Dune universe created in a series of science fiction novels starting in Dune and ending with Chapterhouse Dune. ... The Bene Tleilax or Tleilaxu are an extremely xenophobic and isolationist society in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Julie Cox as Princess Irulan in the miniseries Frank Herberts Dune. ... A swampy marsh area ... Chani (short for Chanisihayah) is a fictional character featured in Frank Herberts science fiction Dune universe. ...


The conspirators, including Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam, Guild Navigator Edric, the Tleilaxu Face Dancer Scytale, and Princess Irulan, give Paul a gift he cannot resist: a Tleilaxu-grown ghola of Duncan Idaho, his 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. A Reverend Mother is a fictional character appearing in the novel Dune, being a Bene Gesserit woman who has finished her training. ... Gaius Helen Mohiam is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... In the Dune universe, Guild Navigators are humans, mutated through high consumption of the spice melange, who are safely able to navigate interstellar space in a Heighliner. ... In the Dune universe, Guild Navigators are humans, mutated through high consumption of the spice melange, who are safely able to navigate interstellar space in a Heighliner. ... Face Dancers are a type of human in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ... Scytale is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... A Ghola is a creature in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Duncan Idaho is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Hayt is a fictional character featured in the Dune series by Frank Herbert. ...


Further complicating the situation is the physical maturity of Paul's powerful sister, Alia, who finds herself irresistibly attracted to Hayt/Duncan. Alia and Hayt investigate the appearance of a female corpse near the city; Hayt realizes that the fact that no-one has been reported missing implies a Tleilaxu plot in which the woman has been replaced by a Face Dancer. Hayt also takes this opportunity to steal a kiss from Alia. She is outraged, but Hayt just laughs that he took nothing more than she offered, a fact she admits to herself privately. Alia Atreides, portrayed by Daniela Amavia in the Children of Dune miniseries. ...


Paul Muad'dib demands to see Mohiam, who fears she will be killed, but instead discovers Paul wants to bargain with her: Paul offers to produce a child by artificial insemination in return for the survival of Chani and her child. Mohiam, desperate to regain the Atreides genes for the Bene Gesserit breeding program, would have to violate the Butlerian taboos against the use of machines. Furthermore, she realizes no child born in this way would be a candidate for the Imperial throne, and that the Bene Gesserit could never admit the existence of such a child without risking their position in the Empire. She decides that she must consult with the Mother School of the Bene Gesserit on Wallach IX. The Butlerian Jihad is an epic turning point in the back-story of Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ... Wallach IX is a notable fictional planet in Frank Herberts science fiction universe of Dune. ...


Six weeks later Chani is seen by a medic, and discovers her pregnancy has become complicated because of the contraceptives introduced to her system. Realizing that only Irulan could be the perpetrator, Chani wishes to kill her but is prevented by Paul. She questions whether it is sensible for Paul to continue to spar with Hayt. Paul replies that the Tleilaxu have made him better than they could know, and that it may be possible to restore Hayt's memories as Duncan Idaho. Unknown to Paul, this is precisely the Tleilaxu plan; to restore Hayt's memories as Idaho, thus proving to Paul that they could clone and restore Chani to him after she dies in childbirth.


The daughter of Otheym, one of Paul's Fedaykin death commandos, asks Paul to visit her father in secret; while Paul realizes that the girl Lichna has been replaced by a Face Dancer, his prescient visions show that revealing this will lead to futures he wishes to avoid. Paul is forced to admit the Lichna duplicate after she asks to be taken into Paul's household, although he places her under guard; he then visits Otheym. The following is a comprehensive list of Fremen from the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Sandworm from the cover of Heretics of Dune. ... For other uses, see Commando (disambiguation). ... The following is a comprehensive list of Fremen from the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ...


Otheym reveals evidence of a conspiracy against Muad'dib among the Fremen, some of whom are distrustful of following the Atreides, and gives Paul his little Tleilaxu servant Bijaz, who, like a recording machine, can remember faces, names, and details. Paul accepts reluctantly, seeing the strands of a Tleilaxu plot. As Paul's soldiers attack the conspirators, the Tleilaxu set off a stone burner, an atomic weapon that destroys the house and blinds Paul. Paul is able to continue in leadership by fixing his actions precisely in line with what his previous oracular visions showed him; by moving through his life in lockstep with his previous visions, he can see even the slightest details of the world around him. The disadvantage of this is his inability to change any part of his destiny so long as he wishes to appear sighted. MuadDib is the name of two fictional entities within the realm of Frank Herberts Dune. ... Bijaz is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... A stone burner is an atomic weapon or fusion bomb in the Dune fictional universe, the explosion and radiation of which could be precisely adjusted. ... A stone burner detonation, from the Children of Dune miniseries. ...


The unraveling of the conspiracy reveals that Korba, a former Fedaykin and now high priest of Paul's church, is among Paul's enemies. While Korba tries to deny this, persuading the Fremen Naibs of his innocence, Paul arrives to confront him directly and Korba is put into Stilgar's custody. In Frank Herberts novel Dune Messiah, Korba was one of the chief priests (Court Qizara) of the religion of Muadib, known popularly as Korba the Pangyrist. ... Stilgar is a fictional character featured in Frank Herberts Dune universe. ...


Hayt interrogates Bijaz but the little man, secretly a Tleilaxu Master, uses planted conditioning words and whistled tunes to control the ghola. He programs Hayt to offer Paul a bargain when Chani dies: Bijaz offers Chani's return as a ghola, and the hope that Duncan Idaho might be reawakened, in return for Paul sacrificing the throne and going into exile. Unknown to Hayt, this also activates a hidden compulsion that will force him to kill Paul given the appropriate circumstances. Hayt comes across Alia, who has overdosed herself with spice in the hope of enhancing her prophetic visions. Her peril provokes a fierce emotional response from Duncan, and Alia realizes that Duncan loves her; he admits the truth.


News is brought that Chani has died giving birth to two healthy children, whom Paul later names Leto and Ghanima. Like their aunt Alia, they are pre-born (fully conscious with Kwisatz Haderach-like access to ancestral memories) due to in utero exposure to the spice. News of the birth is delivered to Paul and his reaction to it triggers the compulsions in Hayt's mind, and he attempts to kill Paul. Reacting against its own programming, Hayt's body remembers itself, and a new consciousness arises that is a mix of Duncan Idaho and Hayt, unconditioned by the Tleilaxu programming. Paul is unsurprised by this, having foreseen it. Leto Atreides II (10,207-13,725 AG) is a fictional character in the Dune universe, created by Frank Herbert. ... Ghanima (meaning spoil of war in the Fremen language) is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... In Utero is the third and final studio album by the American grunge band Nirvana, released on September 21, 1993 by Geffen Records (DGC). ...


Because Paul only foresaw the birth of a daughter (and not twins), his prophetic visions fail, rendering him totally blind. As he nears a crucial decision point in time, he is thrust into a deadly standoff. Scytale, disguised as Otheym's daughter, holds a knife to the necks of Paul's children. He offers to revive Chani as a ghola in return for Paul's abdication. Paul receives a prescient vision from the perspective of his newborn son, and is able to throw a dagger and kill Scytale.


With Paul's visions gone, he is now blind, and he chooses to walk into the desert in the Fremen tradition, winning the fealty of the Fremen for his children, who will inherit his mantle of Emperor. Paul leaves Alia as regent for the twins. Regent, from the Latin, a person selected to administer a state because the ruler is a minor or is not present or debilitated. ...


At the conclusion of the novel, Duncan examines the irony that Paul and Chani's deaths enabled them to triumph against their enemies. Duncan realizes that Paul escaped deification, walking into the desert as a man, while guaranteeing Fremen support for the Atreides line. Stilgar interrupts Duncan to suggest he should go to a distraught Alia, and Duncan goes to comfort her. Before Idaho goes to comfort Alia, Stilgar reports that he has carried out Alia's orders to execute Reverend Mother Mohiam, the Navigator Edric, Korba, and "a few others." Because the key players of the conspiracy are now dead, Paul's children are left in a relatively safe situation. With Paul's family secure and his most trusted associates in power, the Empire and House Atreides appear to be in safe hands.


Characters in Dune Messiah

  • Paul Atreides – Emperor of the known universe and Messiah of the Fremen. His formal name is Muad'dib and Fremen sietch name is Usul.
  • Princess Irulan – Princess-consort of Emperor Paul Atreides
  • Chani – of Paul's Fremen tribe, Imperial concubine and chosen mother-to-be
  • Alia – Paul's sister, born with prescient awareness, a fearful Reverend Mother
  • Gaius Helen Mohiam – a Reverend Mother of the Bene Gesserit and conspirator
  • Edric – a prescient Guild Navigator and conspirator
  • Scytale – a Tleilaxu Face Dancer and conspirator
  • Hayt – a revived Tleilaxu ghola of Paul's childhood teacher, Duncan Idaho
  • Stilgar – Previous leader of the Fremen, now loyal to Paul Atreides

Paul Atreides, as portrayed by Kyle MacLachlan in David Lynchs Dune (1985), wielding the infamous Weirding Module. Paul Orestes Atreides is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Spoiler warning: The Fremen are a group of people in the Dune series of science fiction novels by Frank Herbert. ... Julie Cox as Princess Irulan in the miniseries Frank Herberts Dune. ... Chani (short for Chanisihayah) is a fictional character featured in Frank Herberts science fiction Dune universe. ... Alia Atreides, portrayed by Daniela Amavia in the Children of Dune miniseries. ... Gaius Helen Mohiam is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... A Reverend Mother is a fictional character appearing in the novel Dune, being a Bene Gesserit woman who has finished her training. ... In the Dune universe, Guild Navigators are humans, mutated through high consumption of the spice melange, who are safely able to navigate interstellar space in a Heighliner. ... Scytale is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... The Bene Tleilax or Tleilaxu are an extremely xenophobic and isolationist society in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Face Dancers are a type of human in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ... Hayt is a fictional character featured in the Dune series by Frank Herbert. ... A Ghola is a creature in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Duncan Idaho is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Stilgar is a fictional character featured in Frank Herberts Dune universe. ...

References

  1. ^ Herbert, Frank. Dune Messiah and Children of Dune. 1st SFBC Printing edition (2002), 592 pages. ISBN 0-739-42399-1.

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