Speculative fiction, alternative worlds, futuristic, supernatural, horror
Apr 9th, 2021, 1:48 am
The Pandora Sequence Omnibus by Frank Herbert and Bill Ransom
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Overview: Frank Herbert was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author. He is best known for his novels, most notably Dune and its five sequels. The Dune saga, set in the distant future and taking place over millennia, deals with themes such as human survival and evolution, ecology and the intersection of religion, politics and power. Dune itself is the best-selling science fiction novel of all time. Bill Ransom has published six novels, six poetry collections, numerous short stories and articles. Learning the Ropes (Utah State University Press), a collection of poetry, short fiction and essays, was billed as "a creative autobiography." Three of his short stories from this collection have been selections of the PEN/NEA Syndicated Fiction Project, often called the Pulitzer Prize of the Short Story: Uncle Hungry, What Elena Said and Learning the Ropes. These appeared in the Sunday magazine editions of major newspapers around the country.
Genre: Fiction > Sci-Fi/Fantasy


The Jesus Incident—A sentient ship with godlike powers and aspirations delivers the last survivors of humanity to a horrific, poisonous planet, Pandora—rife with deadly Nerve-Runners, Hooded Dashers, airborne jellyfish and intelligent kelp. Chaplain/Psychiatrist Raja Lon Flattery is brought back out of hibernation to witness Ship’s machinations as well as the schemes of human scientists manipulating the genetic structure of humanity.

The Lazarus Effect—In The Jesus Incident Herbert and Ransom introduced Ship, an artificial intelligence that believed it was God, abandoning its unworthy human cargo on the all-sea world of Pandora. Now centuries have passed. The descendants of humanity, split into Mermen and Islanders, must reunite, because Pandora’s original owner is returning to life.

The Ascension Factor—Pandora’s humans have been recovering land from its raging seas at an accelerated pace since The Lazarus Effect. The great kelp of the seas, sentient but electronically manipulated by humans, buffers Pandora’s wild currents to restore land and facilitate the booming sea trade. New settlements rise overnight, but children starve in their shadows. An orbiting assembly station is near completion of Project Voidship, which is the hope of many for finding a better world. Pandora is under the fist of an ambitious clone from hibernation called the Director, who rules with a sadistic security force led by the assassin Spider Nevi. Small resistance groups, like the one led by Twisp Queets and Ben Ozette, have had little effect on his absolute power. The Director controls the transportation of foodstuffs; uprisings are punished with starvation. The resistance fighters’ main hope is Crista Galli, a woman believed by some to be the child of God. Crista pools her talents with Dwarf MacIntosh, Beatriz Tatoosh and Rico LaPush to transcend the barriers between the different species and overthrow the Director and the sinister cabal with which he rules.

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