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Sandworms of Dune

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
Publication date August 07, 2007
Media type Hardback
Pages 496
ISBN ISBN 0-765-31293-X
Preceded by Hunters of Dune

Sandworms of Dune is the second part of the seventh book (until recently, called Dune 7) of the classic Dune series, along with Hunters of Dune. It was written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, based on notes left behind by Frank Herbert, and is the grand finale of the series. 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. ... In political geography and international politics, a country is a political division of a geographical entity, a sovereign territory, most commonly associated with the notions of state or nation and government. ... 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... A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... 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 7 is the 219th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (220th in leap years), with 146 days remaining. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... ISBN-13 represented as EAN-13 bar code (in this case ISBN 978-3-16-148410-0) The International Standard Book Number, ISBN, is a unique[1] commercial book identifier barcode. ... 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. ... Dune is a science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert and published in 1965. ... 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. ... 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. ...

The book was released August 07, 2007. August 7 is the 219th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (220th in leap years), with 146 days remaining. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


Plot Summary

Sandworms picks up where Hunters left off: The no-ship Ithaca is still searching for a new homeworld for the Jews and Bene Gesserit, while Duncan evades the tachyon net of the old couple, now known to be Omnius and Erasmus. In the Old Empire, Murbella attempts to rally human kind for a last stand against the Thinking Machines. Meanwhile, the New Face Dancers continue to infiltrate the main organizations of the Old Empire at all levels, having also sent the gholas of the Baron Harkonnen and young Paolo Atreides to Omnius' capital, Synchrony.

At the prompting of Face Dancer infiltrators, the Spacing Guild has begun replacing Navigators with Ixian navigation devices and cutting off the Navigators' melange supply. Edrik and his faction commission Waff, the imperfectly awakened ghola rescued by the Guild from the Bene Gesserit attack on Bandalong, to create "advanced" sandworms able to produce the melange they so desperately require. He accomplishes this by altering the DNA of the sandtrout stage and creating an aquatic form of the worms, which are then released into the oceans of Buzzell. Adapting to their new environment, these seaworms quickly flourish, eventually producing a highly concentrated form of spice, dubbed ultraspice. 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. ...

Having successfully completed his attempts to create a new incarnation of sandworm, Waff begs Edrik to return him to the ruined planet of Rakis so that he can spend what little time to live he has left attempting to reintroduce the worms there as well. After repeated unsuccessful attempts, Waff resigns himself to failure and prepares to die. As the last of Waff's sandworm specimens die, a dozen true sandworms erupt from beneath the surface. Waff realizes that the pearl of Leto II's awareness that each sandworm carries foresaw the Honored Matre attack, and buried themselves deep beneath the planet's surface. As the planet begins healing itself, Waff is consumed by a worm, rejoicing that his prophet has finally returned.

Meanwhile, Murbella commissions Ix to copy the Obliterators the Honored Matres stole from thinking machines for use on the fleet of warships she has ordered from the Guild. Omnius' forces have begun striking world after world, releasing a deadly plagues and then pressing on to the new string of inhabited worlds. The thinking machine plague eventually arrives at Chapterhouse. Despite being crippled by an overwhelming number of casualties, the Sisterhood takes what little forces they have and rally the allied planets into one last great stand.

Aboard the Ithaca, Sheeana restarts the ghola project. The gholas Serena Butler, Gurney Halleck, and Xavier Harkonnen are about to be born when the axlotl tanks are poisoned, killing all three ghola babies and the tanks. Saboteurs are suspected, as the many of the ship's systems have been failing. Scytale finally reawakens his own ghola, but only by dying in front of his younger self. The Yueh, Stilgar, and Liet-Kynes gholas regain their memories through various traumatic experiences. When the Ithaca lands on the planet Qelso to refresh their supplies, Stilgar and Liet-Kynes remain behind to help stop the encroaching desert that the Bene Gesserits helped to start with one of the seeding parties sent out by Odrade. This article is about the encryption device; for the Dune character, see Scytale (Dune). ... Stilgar is a fictional character featured in Frank Herberts Dune universe. ...

It is eventually discovered that Thufir and the Rabbi were replaced with Face Dancers back on the Face Dancer planet, and have been wreaking havoc since. In the ensuing chaos that follows the discovery of the Face Dancers, the Ithaca folds space and arrives at Omnius' main city planet, Synchrony. Miles Teg sacrifices himself in an attempt to prevent their capture, which ultimately fails. The Ithaca is then brought to the city and met by a party led by the ghola of Vladimir Harkonnen. Seeing Alia when he arrives, he immediately kills her. Paul, Jessica, Chani, and Yueh are then taken to see Omnius and Erasmus. Omnius explains that he requires the superior Kwisatz Haderach of the two Paul gholas. Paolo and Paul are forced to duel, during which Paul is mortally wounded. Victorious, Paolo takes the ultraspice that is found within the new worms on Buzell. Overwhelmed by the rapid onset of perfect prescient vision, Paolo slips into a coma. Paul, at the urging and efforts of Yueh, Chani and Jessia, slowly regains his past memories and repairs the damage done to his body during the duel. Under the guise of aiding Paolo, Yueh takes his revenge by killing Baron Valdimir Harkonnen.

Meanwhile, Murbella is finally ready to launch her fleet against Omnius' oncoming armada, and has all the new ships in place. When Murbella's fleet tries to use the new Obliterators, they discover that the devices are inoperable. The New Sisterhood realizes that they have been sabotaged. Attempting to flee, they discover that their ships' Ixian navigation devices have been sabotaged as well. The thinking machine fleet merely passes them by. When it appears that defeat is imminent, the Oracle of Time appears with a thousand Guild Navigators and begins to attack the machines. This assault leaves the machine fleet in pieces. The Oracle then tells Murbella that she is going to Synchrony to stop Omnius once and for all. She then folds space and a visual manifestation of the Oracle appears in the room where Paul and Paolo have been dueling. The Oracle then removes every aspect of Omnius and transports the Evermind away into the other dimension encountered at the beginning of Hunters 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. ...

Duncan, the Kwisatz Haderach

Duncan, who has been fighting the thinking machines outside on Synchrony with Sheeana, suddenly enters. His memories now restored, Paul reveals that Duncan is the final Kwisatz Haderach, having evolved and perfected himself through thousands of years of ghola rebirth and altered DNA. Erasmus then explains that he was the mastermind behind the rebuilding of the Synchronized Worlds. Khrone then enters with his new Face Dancers, ranting that the universe now belongs to the new Face Dancers, as both humans and machines have been crippled. Amused by Khrone's attempt to seize power, Erasmus explains that a fail-safe system had been built into the Face Dancers and kills them with a simple flip of a mental switch. This action kills off tens of millions of Face Dancers exposing how much they have infiltrated the human society. Erasmus then offers Duncan a choice. With both humans and thinking machines battered and beaten, Duncan can choose either destruction for one side or recovery and healing for both. Choosing peace over victory, Duncan and Erasmus then merge minds. Erasmus imparts Duncan with all the codes required to run the Synchronized Worlds, as well as all of Erasmus' knowledge. Duncan now stands as the bridge between humans and machines. With little left for him, Erasmus again expresses his desire to learn everything possible about what it is to be human. Erasmus asks for Duncan to help him die. As Duncan shuts Erasmus down, he shares one of the many deaths he experienced with the independent robot. In "death", Erasmus retains the image of the old woman, Marty.

Meanwhile, Sheeana and Leto II free the sandworms from the Ithaca's cargo hold, and the worms wreak havoc throughout Synchrony. Leto II regains his memories and after the battle is done, he tells Sheeana that he must now go back into the dreaming. He walks into the belly of the largest worm, Monarch. The seven worms then twist together to form one large worm before digging deep into the ground.

Back in the Old Empire, Murbella's forces are preparing to attack Omnius' second wave. As the Oracle removes all traces of Omnius from the universe, the entire machine fleet suddenly stops. A Navigator appears and tells Murbella that she is to come with him and go to Synchrony. There she meets with Duncan and he explains to her that he will end the divide between humans and thinking machines and they will co-exist. Duncan gives Synchrony to Sheeana for her Orthodox Sisterhood, while he goes back with Murbella to help lead the new wave of human-machine mode of life.


On Qelso, the gholas of Stilar and Liet-Kynes continue to aid in the attempt to hold back the expanding desert, while simultaneously teaching the planet's occupants how to adapt to the changes that will inevitably come. Under Duncan's control, a thinking machine convoy lands on the planet. Explaining what has happened between thinking machines and humans, Duncan offers the gholas the aid of the thinking machines in holding back the desert. He tells Stilgar and Kynes that just as he has become both man and machine, Qelso will become both desert and forest.

On Caladan, the gholas of Lady Jessica and Wellington Yueh have returned to the ancient Adtreides castle. Having removed all traces of the Baron's occupancy, the two discuss how they will go forward with their lives. Accompanying them is the unawakened ten-year-old ghola of Leto I. Looking forward to the time when his memories will be restored, Lady Jessica finds solace in the fact that she will be reunited with her Duke.

With the aid of the Tleilaxu Master Scytale, Sheeana and the Orthodox Sisterhood on Synchrony have reestablished the ancient Bene Gesserit breeding program, resolving to never again breed another Kwisatz Haderach. Among the Orthodox Sisters is a ghola of Serena Butler. What role Sheeana is preparing her to play is left a mystery.

Scytale has grown Tleilaxu females from newly discovered cells, vowing that they well never again be forced into becoming axlotl tanks, in the hopes that this will prevent the creation of a vengeful enemy such as the Honored Matres from ever occurring again.

On the recovering planet of Dune, the awakened gholas of Paul and Chani go about restoring the planet to its former glory. They have reverted back to the ways of the ancient Fremen, resolving to lead simple lives, unafraid of the plots and schemes that threatened them in their previous lives. Now able to devote all of his attention to her, Chani remarks that Paul has finally learned how to treat his wife. As the novel closes, Paul reaffirms his love for Chani, telling her he has loved her for five thousand years.

External links

  • Official Dune Novels website Current information about Hunters of Dune and Sandworms of Dune
  • Preview of Sandworms cover art ~ DuneNovels.com

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