The Ascension Factor by Frank Herbert audiobook

The Ascension Factor

By Frank Herbert and Bill Ransom
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Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9780441031276

The Pandora Sequence: Book 3

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Set twenty-five years after The Lazarus Effect, this final book in the Destination: Void collaboration between Frank Herbert and Bill Ransom concludes the story of the planet Pandora. Pandora’s humans have been recovering land from its ragingseas at an accelerated pace since TheLazarus Effect. The great kelp of the seas, sentient but electronicallymanipulated by humans, buffers Pandora’s wild currents to restore land andfacilitate the booming sea trade. New settlements rise overnight, but childrenstarve in their shadows. An orbiting assembly station is near completion ofProject Voidship, which is the hope of many for finding a better world. Pandora is under the fist of an ambitious clone fromhibernation called the Director, who rules with a sadistic security force ledby the assassin Spider Nevi. Small resistance groups have had little effect on his absolute power. TheDirector controls the transportation of foodstuffs; uprisings are punished withstarvation. The resistance fighters’ main hope is Crista Galli, a womanbelieved by some to be the child of God. Crista pools her talents with DwarfMacIntosh, Beatriz Tatoosh, and Rico LaPush to transcend the barriers betweenthe different species and overthrow the Director and the sinister cabal withwhich he rules.

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Summary

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Set twenty-five years after The Lazarus Effect, this final book in the Destination: Void collaboration between Frank Herbert and Bill Ransom concludes the story of the planet Pandora.

Pandora’s humans have been recovering land from its ragingseas at an accelerated pace since TheLazarus Effect. The great kelp of the seas, sentient but electronicallymanipulated by humans, buffers Pandora’s wild currents to restore land andfacilitate the booming sea trade. New settlements rise overnight, but childrenstarve in their shadows. An orbiting assembly station is near completion ofProject Voidship, which is the hope of many for finding a better world.

Pandora is under the fist of an ambitious clone fromhibernation called the Director, who rules with a sadistic security force ledby the assassin Spider Nevi. Small resistance groups have had little effect on his absolute power. TheDirector controls the transportation of foodstuffs; uprisings are punished withstarvation.

The resistance fighters’ main hope is Crista Galli, a womanbelieved by some to be the child of God. Crista pools her talents with DwarfMacIntosh, Beatriz Tatoosh, and Rico LaPush to transcend the barriers betweenthe different species and overthrow the Director and the sinister cabal withwhich he rules.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“More life-and-death struggles on planet Pandora…The details are fresh but the territory familiar…Fans won’t pass this one up.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“This final collaboration between the late Herbert and Ransom is a worthy sequel to their novel The Lazarus Effect…The thematic richness one associates with Herbert is again present, here centering on mind-body dislocations, from the torture victims driven mad to the bodyless brains in cyborgs, and Crista herself.” Publishers Weekly

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Author Bio: Frank Herbert

Author Bio: Frank Herbert

Frank Herbert (1920–1986), winner of the Hugo and Nebula awards and a #1 New York Times bestselling author, was born in Tacoma, Washington, and worked as a reporter and later as an editor for a number of West Coast newspapers before becoming a full-time writer. His first science fiction story was published in 1952, but he achieved fame more than ten years later with the publication of “Dune World” and “The Prophet of Dune” in Analog. The stories were amalgamated in the bestselling novel Dune in 1965.

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Author Bio: Bill Ransom

Author Bio: Bill Ransom

Bill Ransom was born in Puyallup, Washington, in 1945 and began full-time employment at the age of eleven as an agricultural worker. He has since earned two college degrees and has held a variety of jobs, including as a firefighter and a CPR instructor. He began a pilot project with the Poetry in the Schools program in Washington State and founded and directed the popular Port Townsend Writers Conference for Centrum. His poetry has been nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 14.15
Audience: Adult
Language: English