- May 8, 2006
Comparisons are inevitable. It's (allegedly) the same series of books. The same story, even. And it shows a marked drop in quality between those written by FH and those written by BH/KJA....if you like the Dune Saga, then enjoy it for what it is and stop comparing son to father (they are different people).
The thinking machines as introduced by BH/KJA did not fit in with the hints of the Imperium's history as given in the novels by FH. And if you read any of FH's other sf, you'll see he was not so unsophisticated as to introduce brains in jars. That's straight from bad 1950s B-movie sf, and that's not what FH wrote.At the end of Chapterhouse, we had no clue as to what the huge threat the Honored Matres were fleeing and no clue as to who the people with the net were.
But this is an old argument. I don't doubt the existence of the Dune 7 notes. I don't doubt that BH/KJA used them in writing the two Dune 7 novels. But I think a lot of it was also their invention and not what FH would have done. I also think the two Dune 7 books are appallingly written.