New Release: ‘Mentats of Dune’ by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

March 11, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Books, Sci-Fi | Leave a comment
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Mentats of Dune is out today. Written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, it’s available in both hardcover and digital formats.

In Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson’s Mentats of Dune, the thinking machines have been defeated but the struggle for humanity’s future continues.

Gilbertus Albans has founded the Mentat School, a place where humans can learn the efficient techniques of thinking machines. But Gilbertus walks an uneasy line between his own convictions and compromises in order to survive the Butlerian fanatics, led by the madman Manford Torondo and his Swordmaster Anari Idaho. Mother Superior Raquella attempts to rebuild her Sisterhood School on Wallach IX, with her most talented and ambitious student, Valya Harkonnen, who also has another goal—to exact revenge on Vorian Atreides, the legendary hero of the Jihad, whom she blames for her family’s downfall.

Meanwhile, Josef Venport conducts his own war against the Butlerians. VenHold Spacing Fleet controls nearly all commerce thanks to the superior mutated Navigators that Venport has created, and he places a ruthless embargo on any planet that accepts Manford Torondo’s anti-technology pledge, hoping to starve them into submission. But fanatics rarely surrender easily . . .

The Mentats, the Navigators, and the Sisterhood all strive to improve the human race, but each group knows that as Butlerian fanaticism grows stronger, the battle will be to choose the path of humanity’s future—whether to embrace civilization, or to plunge into an endless dark age.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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Around the Web

January 10, 2014 at 12:03 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Comic Books, Dark Horse, Marvel, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond. Lots of featured news this week as people respond to the Marvel Star Wars license announcement.

Book News

  • Paul S. Kemp shares why he writes masculine stories. It’s a nice insight into the themes of his books.
  • Athena’s Daughters is now funded and they reached the stretch goal for the Joe Corroney cover for the companion book, Apollo’s Daughters, which will feature stories by familiar Star Wars writers such as Aaron Allston, Michael A. Stackpole and John Jackson Miller.
  • Want to pre-order a signed copy of Mentats of Dune by Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert? Then click here.
  • The Tarnished Crown Book 1: The Path to Power by Karen Miller is in the editing stage and will be ready for publication later this year. Continue Reading Around the Web…

Around the Web

May 3, 2013 at 7:59 am | Posted in Around the Web, Comic Books, Dark Horse, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars News, Syfy, Television | Leave a comment
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To kick things off, how about some reassuring news regarding Dark Horse Comics and Star Wars. According to Bleeding Cool, Star Wars will be with Dark Horse Comics for the entirety of 2014.

They will continue to make Darth Vader miniseries, Star Wars Legacy will remain an ongoing book and will alternate between artists every six issues and the mini-series based on George Lucas’ original drafts, The Star Wars, will have a radically different logo to differentiate it.

Star Wars artist Dave Dorman did a video interview with Slice of SciFi which you can watch here. Dave talks about how he got started and what he’s up to now. Continue Reading Around the Web…

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