Helliconia is a planet that, due to the massively eccentric orbit of its own sun around another star, experiences seasons that lasts eons. Whole civilisations grow in the Spring, flourish in the Summer and then die in the brutal winters. The human-like inhabitants have been profoundly changed by their experience of this harsh cycle.
Helliconia is a planet that, due to the massively eccentric orbit of its own sun around another star, experiences seasons that lasts eons. Whole civilisations grow in the Spring, flourish in the Summer and then die in the brutal winters. The human-like inhabitants have been profoundly changed by their experience of this harsh cycle. In orbit above the planet a terran mission struggles to observe and understand the effects on society of such a massive climatic impact. Massive, thoroughly researched, minutely organised, full of action, pulp references and deep drama this is a classic trilogy.
‘Our ablest SF writer.’Guardian
‘Propels the reader headlong into marvel. A trilogy which has acquired monumental nobility.’The Times
‘Science fiction has never before had this grandeur.’Times Literary Supplement
‘Brian Aldiss’ towering imagination places his Helliconia trilogy far above standard science fiction.’Daily Mail
‘Rarely has someone else’s brave new world been brought so stunningly to life.’Daily Telegraph
‘One of the best SF writers Britain has ever produced.’Iain M. Banks
‘A marvellous journey to another world — a remarkable feat of the imagination.’John Fowles
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When the world of Armageddon is attacked by orks, the Black
Templars Space Marine Chapter are amongst those sent to
liberate it. Chaplain Grimaldus and a band of Black Templars
are charged with the defence of Hive Helsreach from the
xenos invaders in one of many battlezones. But as the ork
numbers grow and the Space Marines dwindle, Grimaldus
faces a desperate last stand in an Imperial temple. Determined
to sell their lives dearly, will the Black Templars hold on long
enough to be reinforced, or will their sacrifice ultimately be in
Frank Herbert was born in Tacoma, Washington, and educated at the University of Washington, Seattle. He worked a wide variety of jobs - including TV cameraman, radio commentator, oyster diver, jungle survival instructor, lay analyst, creative writing teacher, reporter and editor of several West Coast newspapers - before becoming a full-time writer.
In 1952, Herbert began publishing science fiction with "Looking for Something?" in Startling Stories. But his true emergence as a writer of major stature did not occur until 1965, with the publication of Dune. Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune, and Chapterhouse: Dune followed, completing the saga that the Chicago Tribune would call "one of the monuments of modern science fiction." Herbert is also the author of some twenty other books, including The Jesus Incident, The Dosadi Experiment, and Destination: Void. He died in 1986.
Former Earthman Tarl Cabot is now a powerful Tarnsman of the brutal and caste-bound planet of Gor, also known as Counter-earth. He embarks on an adventure in the dangerous and mysterious wilderness of Gor, pitting his warrior skills against treacherous outlaws, bandits and fighters.Three different women are working to bring change to Tarl's far-from-peaceful life on Gor: Talena, his onetime queen and first love; Elizabeth, his brave fighting partner; and the Amazonian Verna, chief of the fierce and wild panther women.As Tarl journeys through the wilderness, the fates of these three remarkable women are finally decided.