Frank Herbert SF Gateway Omnibus

As we enter the Festive period, the SF Gateway blog will be running on auxiliary power for a while until the New Year. For the next few weeks, we’ll be down to a couple of posts per week – one on our SF Masterwork of the Week and the other highlighting a few SF Gateway omnibuses. We’re sure you’ve got better things to do over the holidays than read blog posts, but even if you haven’t, the elves that run the website need some downtime, so watch for normal service to be resumed in January.

Meanwhile, for you classic SFNal pleasure, we present the Frank Herbert SF Gateway Omnibus . . .

From groundbreaking digital initiative, The SF Gateway, the most comprehensive digital library of classic SFF titles ever assembled, comes an ideal sample introduction to one of the giants of 20th century science fiction: Frank Herbert. Although best known for his award-winning Dune, Herbert’s other work is equally ambitious and accomplished. This omnibus contains three novels spanning some 20 years of Herbert’s career: The Dragon in the Sea, The Santaroga Barrier and The Dosadi Experiment.

In the endless war between East and West, oil has become the ultimate prize. Nuclear-powered subtugs brave enemy waters to tap into hidden oil reserves. Psychologist John Ramsay has gone undercover aboard a Hell Diver subtug where, hunted relentlessly by the enemy, the crew find themselves isolated in a claustrophobic undersea prison, struggling for survival against the elements . . . and themselves.

Santaroga seemed to be nothing more than a prosperous farm community. But there was something . . . different . . . about Santaroga. Maybe Santaroga was the last outpost of American individualism. Maybe they were just a bunch of religious kooks . . . Or maybe there was something extraordinary at work in Santaroga. Something far more disturbing than anyone could imagine.

Generations of a tormented human-alien people, caged on a toxic planet, conditioned by constant hunger and war – this is the Dosadi Experiment, and it has succeeded too well. For the Dosadi have bred for Vengeance as well as cunning, and they have learned how to pass through the shimmering God Wall to exact their dreadful revenge on the Universe that created them . . .


The Frank Herbert SF Gateway Omnibus is available in trade paperback or as an eBook. You can find more of Frank Herbert’s work via his author page on the SF Gateway website and read more about him in his entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.