Kevin J. Anderson, Brian Herbert Announce New Dune Novel

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Over the last few days, Kevin J Anderson’s blog and Twitter stream have been filled with updates concerning the latest installment in his collaboration with Brian Herbert in the Dune novel universe. Apparently this is the start of a new set of books in the series, not a continuation of the Heroes of Dune series (consisting of Paul of Dune, The Winds of Dune, and the future books Throne of Dune and Leto of Dune) which were meant as inquels that described events that occur in between the original Dune novels. The new trilogy, starting with The Sisterhood of Dune, is meant to look at the early days of the Dune universe, specifically the time after the Butlerian jihad. Sisterhood and the following books in the trilogy will apparently focus on the founding of the great schools that play such important roles in Frank Herbert’s original Dune novels and the rest of the Dune universe.

Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert have been working on novels in the Dune universe since 1999 and have had success with various novels that build upon the originals. It’s a little surprising that the two have stopped work on one set of books and switched to a different storyline (Anderson claims on his blog that they had already considered working on the new series for some time now), but some Dune fans are welcoming the change, citing dissatisfaction with the way the Heroes storylines had gone so far. Sisterhood of Dune is expected to be released in 2012, but be sure to follow Kevin J. Anderson’s Twitter and blog for frequent updates.

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  • Joe Shoomacher

    Nuts! They should write their own stuff. Totally lame. Brian Herbert shame! Your father must be spinning in his grave. Not everyone can be a visionary genius. But if you can’t be one, don’t p*ss on someone else’s vision.

  • grandmastercrafter

    It’s unfortunate that the quality of writing present in these books is so low. It also speaks volumes that they’d abandon their present project, mid-project, in order to pursue yet another ‘literary renovation’ (the general reception, sales-wise and in the arena of public opinion, for the ‘interquels’ has been rather negative overall). I shudder to think about the possible ways this could go wrong… since each book they’ve put out so far has been massively underwhelming, and in some cases damaging to the integrity of the series. Bad track record here. Very sad. Upsetting.

    I agree with Joe. They should stop desecrating Dune.

    It’s getting embarrassing – to the point that many non-fans are taking notice of this extremely slow-motion literary train wreck. It’s embarrassing to fans of the actual original series, it’s becoming more and more embarrassing to KJA fans themselves, and it should be most embarrassing to Kevin (can he feel shame? can he accept responsibility for his mistakes in constantly writing so much nonsense in such an esteemed space?) and Brian (shame on him – this whole endeavor, starting over a decade ago, could have been his opening to become more of a writer, something he seems to have cared about during his life… He doesn’t realize, or was blinded to, the support the fanbase would have given him if he had stayed true to the original visions of his father).

    Things are going to get worse before they get any better. In this case “better” would mean a collective amnesia over the course of decades, maybe even a century, before these stains are discarded and forgotten… and the original series stands pure and solo once again. (I’m never going to live to see it get ‘better’ – and for that: impotent rage at the tragedy. But I can dream of better times to come, for the children…)

    You know what I mean. If not, don’t worry about it.

  • http://www.hairyticksofdune.net/ SandChigger

    “Anderson claims on his blog that they had already considered working on the new series for some time now.”

    That is true, they have been talking about doing a trilogy set after the Legends books for several years.

    What isn’t true is Anderson’s claim that they’re dropping the current Heroes series (which he now also claims was never a “series”, at least in their minds) because, gosh darnit, they just couldn’t stand NOT to be writing books in the earlier period any longer. It seems like all this came about soon after KJA’s annual pilgrimage to New York to hobnob with the publisher people. Bottom line, the first two Heroes books crapped out and the publishers decided it was time for a change.

    The same thing happened last year with what was eventually released as The Winds of Dune. When KJA and wife Rebecca flew off to The Big Apple, the book was still known as Jessica of Dune. But soon after they returned, he announced that he and Brian had decided to change the title. (The funniest part of the whole thing was when the publisher decided at almost the last minute to drop Stephen Youll’s painting for the US cover and go with the one for the UK edition. Evidently KJA & the Herberts were the last ones to know about that one.)