Whipping Star introduces Jorj X. McKie, Saboteur Extraordinary, in an assignment which will decide the fate of the universe. Interstellar travel has linked every sentient to the insubstantial entities know as 'Calebans'. Now the last Caleban is at the point of extinction, subjected to systematic torture by the richest, most wicked woman in the Galaxy. When it succumbs, every sentient creature will die with it.
If McKie can solve the enigma of the Caleban and break it's voluntary enslavement to its persecutor, he may be able to avert a universal doom. But how do you communicate with a non-sentient intangibility
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.