A collection of some short works by the author of DUNE: Includes The Road to Dune, a travelogue of the approach to the city of Arrakeen; Rat Race, a straight detective who-dunnit--or is it? Also Dragon in the Sea, a near-future tale of nations pirating oil reserves from the dwindling world fuel supply; Cease Fire, a cautionary tale about the arms race to bigger and better weapons (sort of), A Matter of Traces, in which an old-timer reminisces about the early days of colonizing. Then there is Try to Remember, which looks in an entirely new way at the problems of communication with extra-terrestrial intelligences. The Tactful Saboteur concerns a special type of 'ombusdman', more or less; while By The Book details the difficulties of trying to diagnose the ills of a matter-transmitter which works between suns. Seed Stock envisions the difficulties of the colonists in adjusting to a new planet, while Murder Will In attempts to describe the difficulties encountered by a non-human intelligence which jumps from body to body. Passage for Piano, Death of a City, and Frogs and Scientists are also included. Very nice illustrations by British artist Jim Burns.
If you are a fan of this author or the Dune series, you will enjoy this collection of short stories. Yes, my favorite is 'The Road To Dune' which is describes as "a walking tour of Arakeen narrated by Frank Herbert and illustrated by acclaimed British artist Jim Burns". The illustrations captured the essence of it all and brought back so many memories. Of course, I read all of them and couldn't wait to see the movie, Dune. It was every bit as memorable as the book.
Some of my favorite stories from this collection are 'Murder Will In', 'Try To Remember', and 'The Tactful Saboteur'. 'Frog Scientists' and 'Seed Stock' are fun, too. So, what's not to like? Read the collection, the only of its kind that I know, and discover for yourself.