Santaroga had no juvenile delinquency, or any
crime at all. Outsiders found no house for sale or rent in this valley,
and no one ever moved out. No one bought cigarettes in Santaroga. No
cheese, wine, beer or produce from outside the valley could be sold
there. The list went on and on and grew stranger and stranger.
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.
Franklin Patrick Herbert, Jr. (1920–1986) was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author. Though also a short story author, he is best known for his novels, most notably Dune and its five sequels. The Dune saga, set in the distant future and taking place over millennia, deals with themes such as human survival and evolution, ecology, and the intersection of religion, politics and power. Dune itself is the "best-selling science fiction novel of all time," and the series is widely considered to be among the classics in the genre.