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Encyclopedia > Hunters of Dune
Title Hunters of Dune
US 1st ed. cover art
US 1st edition cover
Author Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
Cover artist Stephen Youll
Country United States
Language English
Series Dune series
Genre(s) Science fiction novel
Publisher Tor Books
Released 22 August 2006
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 528
ISBN ISBN 0-7653-1292-1
Preceded by Chapterhouse Dune
Followed by Sandworms of Dune

Hunters of Dune is the first part of the seventh book (until recently, called Dune 7) of the original Dune series, along with Sandworms of Dune. It was written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson and is based on notes left behind by Frank Herbert. The book was released August 22, 2006. It follows up on the themes explored in God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune, and Chapterhouse Dune about the danger posed to humanity by a remote, unnamed, but ever-present "great enemy." Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Brian Herbert (born 1947) is an American author. ... Kevin J. Anderson (born March 27, 1962) is an American science fiction author. ... Paul and Stephen Youll are brothers and artists. ... 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. ... Some notable science fiction novels, in alphabetical order by title: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke 334 by Thomas M. Disch An Age by Brian Aldiss The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton The Atrocity Exhibition by J.G. Ballard... Tor Books is an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC which publishes popular fiction, and is particularly noted for its science fiction and fantasy titles. ... August 22 is the 234th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (235th in leap years), with 131 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Chapterhouse Dune is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, last in his series of six Dune novels. ... Sandworms of Dune is the second part of the seventh book (until recently, called Dune 7) of the classical Dune series, along with Hunters of Dune. ... Dune is a science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert and published in 1965. ... Sandworms of Dune is the second part of the seventh book (until recently, called Dune 7) of the classical Dune series, along with Hunters of Dune. ... Brian Herbert (born 1947) is an American author. ... Kevin J. Anderson (born March 27, 1962) is an American science fiction author. ... Frank Patrick Herbert (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986) was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author. ... August 22 is the 234th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (235th in leap years), with 131 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... God Emperor of Dune is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert published in 1981 — the fourth novel in the Dune series. ... Heretics of Dune is a 1984 science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, fifth in a series of six novels. ... Chapterhouse Dune is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, last in his series of six Dune novels. ...


Plot summary

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

The first main plotline follows the adventures of the passengers of the no-ship used by Sheeana and Duncan Idaho to flee from Chapterhouse as a result of Sheeana's disagreement with Bene Gesserit leader Murbella's plans for the Sisterhood. The second plot involves Murbella's attempts to unite the Bene Gesserit and Honored Matres, while conquering rebellious factions of Honored Matres on various planets and attempting to prepare for a confrontation with an Ancient Enemy. This unknown enemy was responsible for driving the Honored Matres back into the Old Empire. A no-ship is a fictional type of spacecraft from the Dune science fiction series by Frank Herbert. ... Sheeana Brugh is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... James Watson as Duncan Idaho in the Dune miniseries Duncan Idaho is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Chapterhouse is a fictional planet in Frank Herberts science fiction universe of Dune, for while the 6th book in the series, Chapterhouse Dune, is named. ... The Bene Gesserit (as seen in the prologue of an alternate version of the David Lynch Dune film. ... Hunters of Dune cover art: Murbella meets with Guild Navigator Edrik. ... The Honored Matres are an organization in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in his Dune series of novels. ...


For several years, the no-ship (named the Ithaca by its passengers) has been in an alternate universe, carrying the gholas of Duncan Idaho and the famous military commander Miles Teg as well as the Bene Gesserit Sheeana, who has the mysterious power to control sandworms. Other passengers include the last Bene Tleilax Master Scytale, some Bene Gesserits, a group of Jews saved from Honored Matre oppression on the planet Gammu, and seven small sandworms that can produce spice. Finally, there are four captive Futars, fierce half-man/half-cat creatures bred to hunt Honored Matres. The mysterious Oracle of Time speaks to Duncan and brings the no-ship back into the 'regular' universe. However, it is soon discovered by the "old man" and "old woman" Daniel and Marty, first mentioned at the end Chapterhouse Dune, who have unknown designs on the Ithaca and its passengers. The no-ship is nearly caught in their tachyon net, but escapes using the space-folding Holtzman engines. Ithaca is a fictional no-ship from the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... A Ghola is a creature in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Miles Teg is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Sandworms are fictional desert-dwelling creatures from Frank Herberts science fiction series Dune. ... The Bene Tleilax or Tleilaxu are a secretive society in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in the Dune series of novels. ... This article is about the encryption device; for the Dune character, see Scytale (Dune). ... Giedi Prime is the name of a fictional planet set in Frank Herberts Dune universe described in the Dune science fiction novels. ... Futars are a fictional race in the Dune universe, introduced briefly in Heretics of Dune and appearing in Chapterhouse Dune and Hunters of Dune. ... The Oracle of Time, earlier referred to as the Oracle of Infinity, is a fictional character from the Dune universe novels written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. ... Daniel and Marty are fictional characters from the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Sandworm from the cover of Heretics of Dune. ... The Holtzman effect is a fictional scientific phenomenon in the Dune universe, created by Frank Herbert. ...


Meanwhile, Murbella is trying to prevent civil war on Chapterhouse, the only known source of melange ('the spice') left in the universe (other than the sandworms on the no-ship). She meets an emissary sent by the Spacing Guild, which is desperate for spice. Murbella refuses their requests due to the help the Guild gave to the Honored Matres, and demands the Guild's future loyalty, threatening to cut them off completely. Unbeknownst to the Guild delegation and the rest of the universe, the sandworms on Chapterhouse are not yet producing much melange; the Bene Gesserit are making it seem so, using their own stockpiles. Later, Murbella stops a brutal fight between some polarized Bene Gesserits and Honored Matres. Look up Melange in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... 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. ...


Though the Honored Matres had destroyed all Bene Tleilax worlds, their descendents (the Lost Tleilaxu) have returned from The Scattering. Supposedly under their complete control are their improved Face Dancers, creatures who can mimic other humans exactly and go undetected by all known means. It is soon revealed that the Face Dancers have their own will and motives, as they kill the Tleilaxu Elder Burah and replace him with their own duplicate. They have now replaced all the Lost Tleilaxu Elders, as well as countless humans on various planets in the Old Empire. Their leader Khrone sends the scribe Uxtal (presumably the highest-ranking, if only, Lost Teliaxu left alive) to serve the renegade Honored Matre leader Hellica, who has proclaimed herself Matre Superior and now rules the conquered Bene Tleilax homeworld, Tleilax. The Lost Tleilaxu are a fictional organization from the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Face Dancers are a type of human in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ... The Lost Tleilaxu are a fictional organization from the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... The Old Empire is a fictional galactic empire in the Dune-series. ... Khrone is a fictional character from the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Uxtal is a fictional character from the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... The Honored Matres are an organization in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in his Dune series of novels. ... The Honored Matres are a fictional matriarchal organization in Frank Herberts science fiction universe of Dune. ... // Arrakis Main article: Arrakis Arrakis, (derived from the Arabic name ar-rāqiṣ, the dancer, originally a star-name for Mu Draconis) later Rakis (known colloquially as Dune) is a fictional desert planet featured in the Dune novels by Frank Herbert, where it is the home of the Fremen (Zensunni...


The desperate Spacing Guild Administrators go to Ix to find an alternative to the use of their own Navigators (who require spice) for space travel. Unbeknownst to the Ixians or the Guild, Khrone and his Face Dancers have infiltrated Ix. While carefully executing his own plans for Face Dancer domination of the universe, Khrone is doing the bidding of Daniel and Marty by offering their advanced navigation technology to the Guild as if it were of Ixian design. The Guild agrees to the development of this technology if they have a monopoly on it. Ix is a fictional planet featured in the Dune novels 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 economics, a monopoly (from the Latin word monopolium - Greek language monos, one + polein, to sell) is defined as a persistent market situation where there is only one provider of a product or service. ...


On Tleilax, Uxtal has been forced (by threat of death) to use Tleilaxu axlotl tank technology to produce the adrenaline-enhancing drug used by Honored Matres. Khrone also tasks Uxtal to make a ghola from recently-found cell samples, which turn out to be those of Baron Vladimir Harkonnen. From the start, the young Baron is as sociopathic as the original. Later, Khrone obtains the blood of Paul Atreides from a religious relic on the Atreides homeworld once known as Caladan, and has Uxtal make a ghola of Paul. He plans to twist this Kwisatz Haderach ghola (using the Baron Harkonnen ghola) into a weapon for Daniel and Marty's conquest of the universe. Later, the Guild Navigator Edrik comes to Tleilax seeking Uxtal's knowledge of axlotl tanks; the Navigator fears his kind's obsolescence when the Ixian navigation technology becomes available. He seeks an alternate source of spice to break the Bene Gesserit monopoly, but even Uxtal believes that secret has died with the Tleilaxu Masters murdered by the Honored Matres. Eventually he is able to access the genetic material of deceased Master Waff, and through an accelerated process creates several (ultimately flawed) Waff gholas, hoping to unlock the secret of producing melange in the tanks. The entire universe is unaware that in the events of Chapterhouse Dune, Scytale had given the passengers of the Ithaca the secret, and it was in use on the no-ship as the primary source of spice. Axlotl tanks are a technology in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in the Dune series. ... Epinephrine (INN) or adrenaline (BAN) is a hormone and a neurotransmitter. ... Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, portrayed by Ian McNeice in the Sci-Fi Channels Dune miniseries The Baron Vladimir Harkonnen is a fictional character from the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Antisocial personality disorder (abbreviated APD or ASPD) is a psychiatric diagnosis in the DSM-IV-TR recognizable by the disordered individuals disregard for social rules and norms, impulsive behavior, and indifference to the rights and feelings of others. ... Caladan is a fictional planet in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... 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. ... 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. ... Tylwyth Waff is a fictional character from the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ...


On the Ithaca, Scytale is desperate. The Tleilaxu had always sustained their lives indefinitely through the use of gholas; his current body is slowly dying, and he does not have another to replace it. Needing to grow a new ghola of himself, he has only one secret to use as a bargaining tool: a hidden nullentropy capsule containing cells carefully and secretly collected by the Tleilaxu for millennia, including the cells of Tleilaxu Masters, Face Dancers, Paul Atreides, Duke Leto Atreides, Lady Jessica, Chani, Stilgar, Leto Atreides II, Gurney Halleck, Thufir Hawat, and other legendary figures dating back to Serena Butler and Xavier Harkonnen from the Butlerian Jihad. The Bene Gesserit have a vicious debate over whether to create gholas of any of these historical figures. Sheeana believes they may prove useful, while others fear the return of such 'mistakes' as Leto II. Despite the controversy, gholas are created, a few at a time. Scytale is allowed to have his own once the first few have been born. Sandworm from the cover of Heretics of Dune. ... Duke Leto Atreides, portrayed by William Hurt in the Dune miniseries Leto Atreides I is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Lady Jessica Atreides, portrayed by Saskia Reeves in the Dune miniseries Jessica Atreides is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Chani (short for Chanisihayah) is a fictional character featured in Frank Herberts science fiction Dune universe. ... Stilgar is a fictional character featured in Frank Herberts Dune universe. ... Leto Atreides II, portrayed by James McAvoy in the Children of Dune miniseries Leto Atreides II is a fictional character in the Dune universe, created by Frank Herbert. ... Gurney Halleck is a fictional soldier in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Thufir Hawat, portrayed by Freddie Jones in the 1984 movie Thufir Hawat, portrayed by Jan Vlasák in the Dune miniseries Thufir Hawat is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Serena Butler, the daughter of Manion and Livia Butler, is a character in Brian Herbert and Kevin J Andersons Legends of Dune series, a trilogy of novels set during the Butlerian Jihad, the war against thinking machines only vaguely referred to in Frank Herberts original Dune series. ... Xavier Harkonnen is a character in the fictional Dune Universe. ...


On Chapterhouse, Murbella trains an elite strike force of Bene Gesserit using the combined skills of Bene Gesserits, Honored Matres and 'lost' Sword Masters of Ginaz. Her 'Valkyries' attack the rebel Honored Matre strongholds on other planets with success, in the process discovering that some of the Honored Matres are Face Dancers in disguise, undetectable until death. A former Honored Matre herself, Murbella eventually accesses the Other Memory from her Honored Matre ancestors, and learns their true origins. The core of the Honored Matres were vengeful Tleilaxu females, freed and assimilated by Fish Speakers and Bene Gesserits fleeing in The Scattering. The Tleilaxu women had been used as axlotl tanks by their males for millennia; though the current Honored Matres did not know their own origins, this explains to Murbella why they had been compelled to so mercilessly decimate the Tleilaxu worlds in the Old Empire. Murbella also 'remembers' the attack by a renegade Honored Matre that first antagonized the unknown Enemy. The Swordmasters of Ginaz are a fictional school of martial artists in Frank Herberts Dune novels. ... The Valkyries Vigil, by the Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Robert Hughes. ... In Frank Herberts Dune universe, Other Memory is the ability to remember the lives of ones ancestors. ... The Fish Speakers are a fictional army from Frank Herberts Dune universe, as depicted in the Dune series of science-fiction novels. ...


On the no-ship, an attempt by rebel Bene Gesserits to murder the Leto II ghola is foiled by the child himself, seemingly able to change into a sandworm at will. The Paul ghola wants to remember his past; with the help of the Chani ghola, he steals and consumes an overdose of spice. He has a vision in which he has been stabbed by another, evil Paul Atreides. After being discovered by the Bene Gesserit, he concludes that it is prescience. Sheanna’s own visions bring a warning from the legendary Sayyadina Ramallo of Arrakis about the use of the gholas. She stops the ghola program from continuing until she can make sense of it all. Prescience is the ability to predict the future through vision. ... Sayyadina Ramallo, or Reverend Mother Ramallo, is a fictional character from the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Arrakis, (derived from the Arabic name ar-rāqiá¹£, the dancer, originally a star-name for Mu Draconis) later Rakis (known colloquially as Dune) is a fictional desert planet featured in the Dune novels by Frank Herbert, where it is the home of the Fremen (Zensunni wanderers) and later, the...


Daniel and Marty inform Khrone that they have no further need of his Baron Harkonnen and Paul Atreides gholas. They insist they have lured the Ithaca into a trap, and will soon have the Kwisatz Haderach they have calculated is on board. Khrone, however, continues to prepare the gholas. He finally manages to restore the Baron's memories, and instructs him to train the Paul ghola (named Paolo), who does not yet have his memories. To the Baron's disquiet, he finds the mocking voice of his granddaughter Alia in his thoughts soon after recovering his memories. She also later threatens him should he try to harm Paolo. Paolo is a fictional character from the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Alia Atreides, portayed by Daniela Amavia in the Children of Dune miniseries. ...


Murbella contracts Ix's competitor Richese to provide as many armed ships and weaponry as possible, in preparation for the confrontation with the unknown enemy. Later, the Honored Matres destroy the entire planet of Richese to cripple the Sisterhood. In a final assault on Tleilax, the most powerful of the rebel Honored Matre strongholds, Murbella and her Valkyries are victorious. It is revealed that Matre Superior Hellica and several of her elite guard were, in fact, Face Dancers. Many of the surviving Honored Matres then join with Murbella. Uxtal is devoured by hungry sligs, and the sole remaining Waff ghola escapes. He finds refuge with the Spacing Guild, offer Edrik something better than artificial melange — the genetic knowledge for the Guild to create their own, optimized sandworms. Richese is a fictional planet in Frank Herberts Dune universe. ... The Bene Tleilax or Tleilaxu are a secretive society in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in the Dune series of novels. ...


The Ithaca stumbles upon the homeworld of the Handlers, masters of the Futars. An exploratory party from the no-ship returns the man-beasts, and soon discovers that the seemingly bucolic Handlers are actually Face Dancers, tasked with their capture. Sheanna and her companions barely escape with their lives. Some Face Dancer ships manage to crash into the Ithaca before its escape, and potentially missing bodies in the wreckage have the no-ship's passengers wondering if the enemies are now among them. The emergency forces Miles Teg to reveal his hidden power of superhuman speed, unlocked in him during torture by Honored Matres in Heretics of Dune. He has kept this ability secret because the Bene Gesserit are suspicious of any males having any 'wild talents', lest another Kwisatz Haderach be created. To them, Paul Atreides and Leto II were disasters never to be repeated. Handlers are humanoid race in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ...


It is revealed that Daniel and Marty, the Ancient Enemy, are in fact new incarnations of the machine overlord Omnius and the independent robot Erasmus, who were destroyed in the Butlerian Jihad. Before its destruction, the Earth Omnius launched 5,000 probes capable of constructing new machine colonies on any planets encountered. One of these probes eventually intercepted a signal transmitted by the last remaining Omnius on Corrin before it too was destroyed. Its forces finally reassembled, the new version of the Evermind is on the way back to the Old Empire to destroy all humanity. Omnius was the evermind, or controlling intelligence, of the robots in the Legends of Dune series, a trilogy of novels written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. ... Erasmus is a Thinking Machine in Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Andersons Legends of Dune trilogy. ... The Butlerian Jihad is an epic turning point in the back-story of Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ... Adjectives: Terrestrial, Terran, Telluric, Tellurian, Earthly Atmosphere Surface pressure: 101. ...


The story concludes with Murbella, in complete control of the Honored Matres and Bene Gesserit, preparing a defense against the forces of Omnius. The Oracle of Time is revealed to be the living consciousness of Norma Cenva, somehow still in existence millennia after the Butlerian Jihad. Norma Cenva is a fictional character from the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ...

Spoilers end here.

Trivia

The first five chapters of the novel were available for free download on the Official Dune website released monthly from March until July in 2006.


External links

  • Official Dune Novels Website Current information about Hunters of Dune and Sandworms of Dune
  • Ideas for Frank Herbert's seventh book

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Dune 7 was also the working title of book 7 in the Dune series of novels, originally conceived by Frank Herbert, and being written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson.
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