Lewis Orne, a man with great personal magnetism, makes planetfall on Hamal. He is a freewheeler, but his assignment is precise this time, to detect any signs of latent aggression in this planet's population, situated as it is on the edge of a war-weary and devastated galaxy.
He finds, to his astonishment, that his extrasensory powers, till now not underdeveloped some would say, are without measure. Soon, he is invited to join the company of "gods" on this planet. The world he enters, the fantastic journeys and rites he performs are a masterly tour de force from this highly acclaimed imaginative writer.
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.