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The Dosadi Experiment Mass Market Paperback – December 15, 1987
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"A portrayal of an alien society more complete and deeply detailed than any other author in the field has managed…a story absorbing equally for its action and philosophical vistas…. An astonishing science fiction phenomenon." ―The Washington Post
"Powerful, convincing, and most ingenious." ―Robert A. Heinlein
"Herbert's creation of this universe, with its intricate development and analysis of ecology, religion, politics, and philosophy, remains one of the supreme and seminal achievements in science fiction." ―The Louisville Times--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Frank Herbert was phenomenal and we lost him all too soon. The Dosadi Experiment is a classic example of the work and imagination of Frank Herbert. He presents amazing characters- some that couldn't be more alien to us, yet the stories teach us profound lessons about ourselves. Pick this up. Read it several times. You'll get more out of it every single time.
To this end McKie is sent to Dosadi where he has to struggle to survive and free the population. There are dark secrets to be revealed and McKie has to eventually try the founders of the experiment in Gowachin court. It's just as well that McKie is a lawyer in this most extraordinary court system and that he begins to suspect that his life has been manipulated so that he was created to do just this job.
The book maintains an excellent pace. The complexity of the plot is well managed. The characters are compelling and Herbert maintains the tension and excitement throughout McKie's journey. It might help to have read "Whipping Star" first but it's not obligatory and wouldn't spoil your enjoyment of a marvelous piece of work. For me this is Herbert's finest piece of work and it is to be read and reread to eek out all of its secrets. Absolute classic.
Imagine if those doorways were created, on demand, by sentient beings.
Imagine if those sentient being were represented by yellow-giant stars.
Imagine if one of those were hiding a secret experiment?
Most of the story follows one person's attempt to break free from the experiment, and another person's attempt to find and break into the same. The story covers their worlds, and the politics surrounding them, both in known and secret organizations.
There's no "Dune" feel to this, but some of the struggles parallel from a high-enough view.
The author is a bit wordy, but it works fairly well as an audiobook.
Gowachin courtrooms, where the innocent are guilty
A world sealed away from the universe, for very nefarious reasons (sorry, can't give spoiler)
A government bureau devoted solely to slowing too-efficient and/or evil organizations
I've read it at least 3 times, and may read it again. Always finding something new.
He does a good job of both world building and characterization, weaving many threads through the main plot. A little slow to get started, but once it got going, I was hooked. The tension built right up into the unexpected twist at the end that for me, made the story.