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.
The Lazarus Effect2002/3/28
I feel that people everywhere should read the Pandora series. It mixes action, love, literature, and culture into an action packed yet down to earth book. I feel that Frank herbert, and Bill Ransom have created a marvelous Series that shows how people are nto what they seem.
The lazarus effect review.2002/4/1
In my eyes, this is a very good book. I suggest you spend a week or two to read it. You will feel better after you read is. It makes me wonder my this wasnt a hit instead of Dune. They are both outstanding books and this book gets my gratitude.
Worth the read2015/1/3
This book was the third of a series, beginning with Destination: Void, followed by The Jesus Incident. Herbert, who specializes in science fiction, and co-author Bill Ransom imagine the trajectory of human expansion throughout the universe, exploring themes about God, artificial intelligence, biological engineering, social class systems and colonialism. This collaborative story project is engaging and thought-provoking. Herbert is one of my favorite authors, so I am biased. The writing can be somewhat tedious in brief patches, especially in Destination: Void. The book was written in 1983, so there are some outdated technology references that Herbert more than makes up for with other items of imagined biotechnology that would be revolutionary if created today. Overall, I heartily recommend it!
From Back Cover2009/2/8
A WORLD OF WATER
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!