Predictions for Sisterhood of Dune (No The)
“The authors find themselves engorged at thoughts of the Sisterhood.”
Oh, no, wait, that’s not what Byron wrote! You can see what he actually wrote here on the series overview page. What is actually amazing about that is how almost literate he manages to come across as! Must mean someone else wrote it for him?
January 1, 2012 Update! Please note: The chapter-by-chapter synopsis of Sisterhood of Dune is now in progress here!
Because he just can’t stand not having the world [read: his adoring public] know about what he is doing, KJA has blahgged this about the book:
The Sisterhood of Dune is set in a different time period from our other books, 80 years after the end of the Butlerian Jihad...
In Frank Herbert’s original Dune novels, the Butlerian Jihad ended in 108 B.G. In the topsy-fucked-turvy McDuniverse of Kevin J. Anderson and (purportedly) Brian Herbert, it doesn’t end until 88 B.G., with the Battle of Corrin. So 80 years after that is around the time of the date later established as the origin of “the Imperial dating system based on the genesis of the Spacing Guild’s monopoly.”
On September 27, TheKJA Twitted that he had finished his half of the micro-chapters for The Sisterhood of Dune and that he expected Brian Herbert to finish his half shortly as well. Since they apparently began writing during the first week of August, this means they drafted yet another McDune book in only about two months. Supposedly Anderson is now “editing” the complete draft. One can only wonder what DVDs and ProgRock noise he is watching and listening to while doing so.
On March 4, TheKJA Twitted the following:
whew, revised SISTERHOOD OF DUNE sent off to Brian for his final edit, 178,000 words, 731 pages. I need a hike to recharge my brain.
Looks like he’s gotten tired of the charade of pretending that they’re passing the manuscript back and forth for editing.
On April 7, TheKJA blahgged the following:
Meanwhile, Brian finished his last polish on Sisterhood of Dune (after discussions, we decided to drop the The)
Because, you know, that sounds so much more intelligent.
Still time to get in some more predictions!
So what in the world will this piece of shit cover?
Oh, who really cares at this point? If Byron’s quote referred to above is any indication, they’re going to bite off way too much to do anything but chew it up and squirt it back out half-digested. As Hunchback Jack pointed out, the title is likely to have very little to do with the content, just like the House books.
Anyway, send in your predictions and let’s get the show on the road!
Update (December 19): They have created a page for the paperback on Amazon UK and filled in the product description:
It is 83 years after the last of the thinking machines were destroyed in the Battle of Corrin, after Faykan Butler took the name of Corrino and established himself as the first Emperor of a new imperium. The great war hero Vorian Atreides has turned his back on politics and Salusa Secundus, flying off to parts unknown; because he was given a life-extension treatment by Agamemnon, he ages very slowly. Abulurd Harkonnen, convicted of cowardice during the Battle of Corrin, was sent away in disgrace to live on the gloomy planet Lankiveil, and his descendants continue to blame Vor for the downfall of their fortunes. Raquella Berto-Anirul has formed the Bene Gesserit School on the jungle planet Rossak as the first Reverend Mother. The descendants of Aurelius Venport and Norma Cenva have built a powerful transportation company, the Venport Spacing Fleet, using mutated, spice-saturated Navigators who fly "spacefolder ships" (precursors of Heighliners). Gilbertus Albans, the ward of the hated Erasmus, has established his own school on the bucolic planet of Lampadas where he teaches humans to become Mentats. Even so, many decades after the defeat of the thinking machines, anti-technology fervor continues to sweep across the human-settled planets, with powerful fanatical groups imposing violent purges...
More of the same old McDune shit, as expected.
Concerning the book’s development...
- I got $10 says Tor changes the title six months before release. (Omphalos) Anderfuck [will] try to spin it like it was his plan all along. (TheDukester)
Concerning the content...
- 35 chapters, each detailing the fatal effects of trying out different poisons, [as part of the description of how the Bene Gesserit] get from ... magic, suicide bomber-witches to RMs. (Omphalos)
- TheKJA has Twitted about how much he enjoys writing Vorian Atreides, so it appears that the Legends reject will figure prominently in the new trilogy. What do you want to bet that he plays a pivotal role behind the scenes in the organization of something like the C.E.T., or the creation of the Great Convention? (SC)
- In several of his Twits TheKJA has emphasized that the book will begin 80 years after the Battle of Corrin, in 8 B.G. The C.E.T. lasted seven years, meaning it could still be squeezed in and conform to the Before Guild chronology established in the Religion Appendix of Dune. (SC)*
- There will be a big ceremonial scene with someone important (the Corrino Emperor, for instance?) declaring the inauguration of the new After Guild dating system. (SC)
- Sisterhood of Dune may as well be called Jedi Academy of Dune. Expect scenes lifted straight from The Empire Strikes Back (Yoda and Luke), and Revenge of the Sith (youngling sistahs). Weird “training” scenes based on KJA’s weird concept of what prana bindu is, interspersed with sage aphorisms lifted straight from the notes — or other books in the series. (HBJ)
- Oh, and ... expect someone to pen the Litany Against Fear. I predict its initial form will be as lyrics to a prog rock song recorded on shigawire, to accompany the BG training manual. (HBJ)