Synopsis of Dune: The Butlerian Jihad
“This is really supposed to be Dune?!”
As I have posted several times elsewhere, this was the first McDune book I ever read. I soon lost count of the times I closed it just so I could check that the names “DUNE” and “HERBERT” really were on the front cover. Because I would not have believed it otherwise.
The one good thing about it is that it basically taught me everything I would ever need to know about any of the books written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson: they are poorly conceived, poorly researched, and poorly written. They are, in short, complete and absolute crap.
(Note: further commentary on this book and the series as a whole can be found here.)
Shit No Matter How You Sniff It
(All page numbers refer to the TOR mass market paperback edition with the fugly purple and gold cover.)
- (1) Princess Irulan writes* ... of the rise of the “Titans”*, their subjugation of the Old Empire, their conflict with the free “League of Nobles”* and eventual defeat by their own accidental creation, the machine intelligence Omnius*, one thousand years before the events of the main story.
- (5) The Titan general Agamemnon leads a machine fleet against Salusa Secundus, the capital world of the League of Nobles.
- (10) Introduction of Tercero Xavier Harkonnen*, among the defenders on Salusa Secundus.
- (14) Serena Butler* addresses the League of Nobles assembly in the Hall of Parliament, speaking out (again) against the practice of human slavery. She is interrupted by the machine attack.
- (20) Cymek ships penetrate gel-circuitry machine-brain-destroying shields around SS. Harkonnen ordered into field for surveillance; promoted to head of planetary militia by destruction of HQ. Harkonnen realizes that he must prevent the cymeks from taking out the shield generators.
- (27) Introduction of Erasmus mincing around in his lavish villa on planet Corrin*. Has dinner while conversing with Omnius, kills his chef for dropping a serving knife on his foot.
- (35) Salusan defenders rally around Zimia shield transmitters, beat back cymek forces, who eventually retreat. Harkonnen’s lungs damaged by toxic gas.
- (43) Planet Arrakis: orphan Selim is unjustly cast out from his Zensunni community for a crime he did not commit. When a worm comes for him, he manages to jump onto its back and becomes the first wormrider!
- (50) The main cymeks escape from the retreating machine fleet for a secret rendezvous on a small planetoid near a red dwarf, in order to plot against Omnius. Introduction of as-yet-unnamed Titans* and mention of Agamemnon’s human son Vorian.
- (57) Introduction of privileged trustee human Vorian Atreides* and autonomous robot Seurat aboard the Omnius update ship Dream Voyager, on its way back to Earth after completing its run.