In the far future,
humankind has made contact with numerous other species: Gowachin,
Laclac, Wreaves, Pan Spechi, Taprisiots, and Caleban, and has helped to
form the ConSentiency to govern among the species. After suffering under
a tyrannous pure democracy, the sentients of the galaxy find the need
for a Bureau of Sabotage (BuSab) to slow the wheels of government,
thereby preventing it from legislating recklessly. BuSab is allowed to
sabotage and harass the governmental, administrative, and economic
powers in the ConSentiency. Private citizens must not be harassed, and
vital functions of society are also exempt.
Jorj X. McKie is a born troublemaker who has become one of BuSab’s best agents. Drafted for the impossible task of establishing meaningful communication with an utterly alien entity who defies understanding, McKie finds himself racing against time to prevent a mad billionairess from wiping out all life in the ConSentiency.
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.