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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 405 pages
  • Publisher: by Berkley Pub Corp/Dist by G P Putnam's Sons, NY; First Edition edition (April 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399122680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399122682
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''This is a tremendously exciting, mysterious, and powerful novel. It is a classic . . . with an ambitious plot that sprawls across many areas.'' --SFReviews.com --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

About the Author

Frank Herbert was born in Tacoma, Washington, and educated at the University of Washington, Seattle. He worked a wide variety of jobs--including TV cameraman, radio commentator, oyster diver, jungle survival instructor, lay analyst, creative writing teacher, reporter and editor of several West Coast newspapers--before becoming a full-time writer. He died in 1986.
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mop-n-glow
The authors entwine all these issues, including the question of whether or not Ship is God, into a wonderful sci-fi world and a great story.
Patricia Havis
Herbert was one of the masters of Science Fiction and, as successful and wonderful as the Dune series is, people should read wider.
Neil Davies

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By mop-n-glow on January 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I can't think of a more terrifying world than Pandora, Herbert's world of weird and deadly animals and mutant clones, all created at the whim of Ship, the accidental god-machine from his novel Destination:Void. Again, Herbert places his poor charaters in a constant and dire struggle for survival, only this time it's not just humans who want to stay alive. The whole drama plays out under the watch of the sometimes benevolant, sometimes indifferent, but always inscrutable Ship, who has become man's (and clone's) computer-God of his own creation.
What foresight Herbert had to present such a world of biological science and ecological destruction gone mad that foreshadows our own time.
A real treat for wild sci-fi fans. Look for it in used book stores. It's worth it!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Barry J. Middlebrook on November 28, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book has all of Dune's intricacy of plot and character development but is a far more concise and elegant presentation. It's actually a sequel to Destination:Void, which I found to be interesting but definitely one of his lesser works. Subsequent books along this story line are pretty good too. I highly recommend that you read this book when you have time to finish it fairly quickly. Otherwise, you'll lose track of the characters and their individual plot lines. I once read through the entire SF section of a library (4 books a week for 2 years, ~400+ books) and this book is my favorite SF book.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By desmoinesmusiclover on August 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Unlike Dune, this series has been out of print for some time. Shame! No one does it better than Herbert but Dune-Mania has left too much of his best work unread and unknown. Dune was a masterpiece, no question. But the series devolved into action novels - the work of creating his universe did not have to be re-done so the rest was just what happens next (and as Brian continues the series, what happened before). The Voidship series is different. Beginning with Destination: Void, which establishes the premise, each novel must reestablish the world in which it is set. Each set of characters has very new hurdles and new forms of intelligent life(? at least self-awareness) to deal with, each with their own world view. A good marketing bet would be to reintroduce these novels in paperback, capitalizing on the popularity of the Dune series. Let the new generation of sf readers discover the other worlds of Frank Herbert. This review refers to the series - Destination: Void, The Jesus Incident, The Lazarus Effect, and The Ascension Factor
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Havis on April 18, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Just wanted to add my 2 cents - I think Frank Herbert and Bill Ransom did a fantastic job on this book. The Jesus Incident is my favorite. There are many different issues in the book including environmental issues and moral/ethical issues to name just a couple. Are clones "human"? Are "humans" better than clones? Do clones have "human" rights? How do you define intelligence? Is it possible for what appears to be ocean plant life to be intelligent? The authors entwine all these issues, including the question of whether or not Ship is God, into a wonderful sci-fi world and a great story. Wish they'd make a movie out of this one!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 17, 1995
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Raja Flaherty (of Destination Void) returns to find a people obssessed with worShip. This is a tale of a very disturbing future on a planet which makes Arrakis seem cushy. As complex as Dune and with some characters far more repugnant than the Harkonnens, here is a bizarre and shocking account of a malevolent/benevolent force shaping man's evolution. Very enjoyable
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 1999
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if it were anyone else it would be five stars. not quite as intricate or as evolved as dune but just as enjoyable. highly imaginitve at any rate. we do see recurring themes in his work though. the ideas of religion as a human nessicity and the struugle for surrvival against enviroment. all set to a intelligent and imaginitive sci fi background.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Adams on March 11, 2012
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The book is fantastic as I already knew. The only down side is that now that I've reread this book on Kindle, the rest of the series is unavailable in that format.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven E. Rogat on May 31, 2010
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By far, the best science fiction/fantasy book I have ever read. I have kept a copy of this one for the past twenty years to pass it on to my own kids. Fast paced, yet intellectually stimulating, The Jesus Incident makes you think about the meaning of life, and the enrichment that is possible, even through hardship and confusion. Those people that start with certainty end with doubt. Those that start with doubt end with certainty. Magic is part of life, and we are magical beings. The book encourages one to look at the awe, wonder, and sacredness of all things in life. Spirit Journeys: Freeing the Soul in this Life and Beyond, Healing Thoughts: Applying Therapeutic Shamanism in Your Daily Life
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