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The Godmakers by Frank Herbert
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The Godmakers (1972)

by Frank Herbert

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    The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin (themulhern)
    themulhern: Two radically different novels about the business of reclaiming/rediscovering/reuniting with planets that were lost during a great interstellar war.
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Frank Herbert is the author of the Dune books but this book is a totally separate universe. Lewis Orne is monitoring a planet that was once devastated by war. His job is to detect any sign that war might restart. Because of his extrasensory powers he comes to the attention of the "gods" and is invited to join them. ( )
1 vote gypsysmom | Aug 17, 2017 |
A visit to the idea of bending people to your will, if you can control the inputs. As usual there will be consequences. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Mar 18, 2017 |
Frank Herbert's favourite word was "prescience". The stories that make up the novel were published a few years before Dune although the novel wasn't published until 1972.

This explains the structure. The first half of the book consists of a bunch of episodes of detection, kind of like Asimov's "I, Robot" stories which involve the two cowboy robot detectives. The second half is like Dune-lite, as the character develops the power of prescience. The whole book resembles Dune in the deepities which are sprinkled at the start of each chapter. If I were fifteen, I would have bought into the tough talk of the planet-adjusting cowboys, but not any more.

I seem to remember that in "Count Zero", someone gets blown up and then regrown in a vat. A bit more dramatic than the fate of the protagonist in this book. ( )
1 vote themulhern | Dec 6, 2016 |
Sadly, it's another book I didn't like too much. I picked up this 1972 copy of this out-of-print book because I'd never read anything by Herbert except the first 5 'Dune' books, and thought I'd check out a non-related work. Unfortunately, this book has none of the complexity or depth of 'Dune.'
'The Godmakers' gives us Lewis Orne, an agent for a military-style organization that is charged with enforcing peace. After a disastrous interstellar war, no sign of warlike qualities in a culture will be tolerated - and any sign of an incipient militaristic attitude would justify blasting that civilization out of existence.
The first half of the book shows us Orne in a series of episodic missions to different planets, basically swaggering around chauvinistically (yeah, yeah, we KNOW you don't like women running your life... get over it already) and saving the day.
Then, suddenly, Orne develops psi powers, and travels to the religious planet of Amel, where they decide that he has the remarkable potential to be a 'god.' Orne now must undergo psychic training ordeals... What will he do with his new and unprecedented power?
Herbert was very obviously trying to make several philosophical statements regarding peace vs. war (and the irony/futility of trying to enforce peace through military action), and religion - but the writing here is too choppy for it to seem more than awkward... ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
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À peine sortie de l'École de Paix, Lewis Orne est envoyé en mission sur une des planètes perdues, qu'on vient de redécouvrir. L'Empire galactique, démantelé par la guerre des Marches, est en voie de réunification, et il faut empêcher le développement de civilisations guerrières dans les humanités séparées. Les hommes sont marqués par les horreurs de la guerre et la répression ne les aide pas à rééquilibrer leurs vies. Mais Orne devine leurs problèmes et les résout comme par enchantement. Serait-il un foyer psi, un faiseur de miracles, un dieu en puissance ? Ceux qui le manipulent - le gouvernement, les prêtres du Surdieu, le contre-pouvoir secret des Nathians - jouent peut-être un jeu dangereux : créature devenue créateur, il peut causer douleur et souffrance. Sauf en trouvant le moyen d'apprivoiser la haine et la panique.
Deviendra-t-il maître de lui ? de l'univers ? des deux à la fois ?
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On the edge of a war-weary and devastated galaxy, charismatic Lewis Orne has landed on Hamal. His assignment: to detect any signs of latent aggression in this planet's population. To his astonishment, he finds that his own latent extrasensory powers have suddenly blossomed, and he is invited to join the company of "gods" on this planet-and the people here place certain expectations on their gods. The Godmakers is an expansion of four short stories written from 1958-1960. It is an exploration of the concepts of war and peace, government and relgion.… (more)

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