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 agression in this planet's population, situated as it is on the edges of a warweary and devastated galaxy.
He finds, to his astonishment, that his extra sensory powers, up to 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 the highly acclaimed and superbly imaginative writer of DUNE
Frank Herbert (1920-86) was born in Tacoma, Washington and worked as a reporter and later editor of a number of West Coast newspapers before becoming a full-time writer. His first SF story was published in 1952 but he achieved fame more than ten years later with the publication in Analog of 'Dune World' and 'The Prophet of Dune' that were amalgamated in the novel Dune in 1965.