Books: A New Turn of the Worm

GOD EMPEROR OF DUNE by Frank Herbert; Putnam; 411 pages; $12.95

The age of technological science fiction appears to have ended. Who needs to read about imaginary rocket ships and interplanetary voyages when he can read about the real thing? The age of psychological and mythological science fiction, however, is definitely under way. Doris Lessing's Canopus in Argos novels are notable for using a futuristic setting to peer into man's past and speculate on his future. If Lessing is the Athena of the genre, Frank Herbert is its Homer.

Herbert, a former West Coast newspaperman,...

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