I may go sort of MIA for a little while. I got some goodies in the mail yesterday. The three novels that set up the world of Frank Herbert's Dune. If I know me, I'll barely come up for air for the next week or so while I devour them for the first time. That's me, skiim for the good stuff because I can't stand not knowing and these guys have enough plot threads to make the Gordian Knot look simple. Then I go back and fit it all together. It wouldn't be so bad if it was Friday, I could stay up until after midnight just reading my little heart out. These three are actually the prequals to the three prequals that precede the six novels that are now called the Dune Chronicles. And the story line in those covers ten thousand years.
For anyone who has visited Frank Herbert's incredibly complex worlds this is the beginning. Herbert created a universe where humans function as computers, of political planning that spans millenia, genetic manipulations that make your hair stand on end, a planet where open water is unknown and giant worms swim the sands like great whales.He also had some political insights that it wouldn't hurt our politicians to consider.
I read Dune for the first time when I was a freshman at the Uof O. It's a hell of a ride and my tickets are bought.. :-)