Earth was the archive of all human learning, its small population dedicated to the endless task of finding and preserving new information, new truths. An isolated, peaceful haven, Earth freely broadcast to the entire galaxy the greatest resource of them all – knowledge.
Then the warships came.
What good then was truth against the guns of the military, the megalomania of the dictator, the crude violence of the ignorant? Trapped, defenceless, the archivists' only strategy was complete obedience to the oppressors. It seemed they could only save themselves by becoming slaves.
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.