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The Worlds of Frank Herbert is a collection of eight short stories written by science fiction author Frank Herbert. All of the stories in this collection had been previously published in magazines. This collection consists of: The Tactful Saboteur Committee of the Whole Old Rambling House Mating Call A-W-F Unlimited The Featherbedders The GM Effect Escape Felicity


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The Worlds of Frank Herbert is a collection of eight short stories written by science fiction author Frank Herbert. All of the stories in this collection had been previously published in magazines. This collection consists of: The Tactful Saboteur Committee of the Whole Old Rambling House Mating Call A-W-F Unlimited The Featherbedders The GM Effect Escape Felicity

30 review for The Worlds of Frank Herbert

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jacob

    Well that ended on a silly sexist note. Sadly it had a lot of sexist notes to it throughout. All the sad earmarks of using fake science to back up prejudice instead of allowing science to free you from the grip of prejudice. Happens often in Vintage SciFi but normally FH doesn't get tripped up by it. This collection he did. Well that ended on a silly sexist note. Sadly it had a lot of sexist notes to it throughout. All the sad earmarks of using fake science to back up prejudice instead of allowing science to free you from the grip of prejudice. Happens often in Vintage SciFi but normally FH doesn't get tripped up by it. This collection he did.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sam Cooke

    A collection of short stories, especially by an author you vehemently enjoy, is hard to give a rating to. Some of these were clever, others painfully slow, and sadly some were sexist. Alas, sexism is not a stranger to vintage Sci-fi, but it is not something I have come to expect from Frank Herbert. Worthwhile to read if you are a die-hard Herbert completist (*raises hand*) and for fans of vintage sci-fi books. The Tactful Saboteur is included in this collection and it is a great short story. Per A collection of short stories, especially by an author you vehemently enjoy, is hard to give a rating to. Some of these were clever, others painfully slow, and sadly some were sexist. Alas, sexism is not a stranger to vintage Sci-fi, but it is not something I have come to expect from Frank Herbert. Worthwhile to read if you are a die-hard Herbert completist (*raises hand*) and for fans of vintage sci-fi books. The Tactful Saboteur is included in this collection and it is a great short story. Perhaps read that one on its own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Philip Wyeth

    A hit-and-miss collection with a few real gems. I didn't read these in order, actually stumbling upon a couple of the better ones first, and thus was disappointed by the inconsistency. BEST: -"By the Book": Perfect mix of efficient world-building, urgent crisis, and unique character's methods to solve it. Very well crafted and paced. -"Escape Felicity": Immersive tale of space travel and the intense thoughts inside an astronaut's mind. The alien encounter was dramatic and resolved cleverly. Hints o A hit-and-miss collection with a few real gems. I didn't read these in order, actually stumbling upon a couple of the better ones first, and thus was disappointed by the inconsistency. BEST: -"By the Book": Perfect mix of efficient world-building, urgent crisis, and unique character's methods to solve it. Very well crafted and paced. -"Escape Felicity": Immersive tale of space travel and the intense thoughts inside an astronaut's mind. The alien encounter was dramatic and resolved cleverly. Hints of fun here too. -"The GM Effect": Imaginative take on genetic memory and its implications across the educational, political, military, and economic spectrums. I predicted the ending, but it was still impactful. GOOD: -"Mating Call": At times weird and intense. Shines with its creativity, but the over-the-top Laoconia character gets repetitive. -"The Featherbedders": Starts off well with tension and an immersive set-up, but too many tone and/or macro-perspective shifts don't make for a completely satisfying result. -"A-W-F Unlimited": Definitely fun, full of creative zingers and social insights, but the dialogue is a bit long-winded and the female characters sound like they were written by Asimov (that's not good). PASS: -"The Tactful Saboteur": A sort-of mystery that falls flat as an exercise in... cross-species understanding? The final trial scene was pedantic and didn't lead to any concrete takeaways, unfortunately. The character Jorj X. McKie appears in a couple of Herbert's books, so people who like Jorj might enjoy this little snack. -"Committee of the Whole": Even more forced than the previous story. A lecture to humanity about its destructive potential in front of Congress. Just hasn't aged well in post-Cold War era. -"Old Rambling House": Alien real-estate entrapment? Just flat every which way, and not saved by what's revealed in the last few paragraphs. Definitely check out the three winners, they're solid.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Zantaeus Glom

    Masterful sf by a witty writer of great skill. Thus far, I have found Frank Herbert's 'aliens' to be the most 'alien', his attention to fine detail is to be lauded; not only did I have great interest and empathy in these myriad beings; due to the depth of Herbert's characterization I was also deeply moved by their plight. It is a real shame that this collection seems to be out of print. (if you write speculative fiction, this is a MUST-READ!) I don't know if Frank Herbert wrote any more short st Masterful sf by a witty writer of great skill. Thus far, I have found Frank Herbert's 'aliens' to be the most 'alien', his attention to fine detail is to be lauded; not only did I have great interest and empathy in these myriad beings; due to the depth of Herbert's characterization I was also deeply moved by their plight. It is a real shame that this collection seems to be out of print. (if you write speculative fiction, this is a MUST-READ!) I don't know if Frank Herbert wrote any more short stories, but if he did I'd love to track them down, as he has a sly wit absent in so many other writer's working in the same idiom. I wasn't hugely taken by the first story 'The tactful Saboteur' but the others were wholly engrossing, and many times his 'alien' dialogue actually made me laugh out loud. Fr what its worth I do hope more people get a chance to read 'The World's of Frank Herbert', as it is a glorious planetoid, and one well worth the trip. The final story 'Escape Felicity' is an absolute hoot!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    A collection of short stories by Frank Herbert. Herbert was an author whose true talent was the novel; unfortunately his short stories just aren't on the same level of interest or excellence. The first short story, The Tactful Saboteur, introduces saboteur extraordinary Jorj X. McKie, the protagonist in Whipping Star and The Dosadi Experiment. The other short stories are interesting, in their way. The GM Effect shows us Herbert playing with the concept of genetic memory, an idea better implemente A collection of short stories by Frank Herbert. Herbert was an author whose true talent was the novel; unfortunately his short stories just aren't on the same level of interest or excellence. The first short story, The Tactful Saboteur, introduces saboteur extraordinary Jorj X. McKie, the protagonist in Whipping Star and The Dosadi Experiment. The other short stories are interesting, in their way. The GM Effect shows us Herbert playing with the concept of genetic memory, an idea better implemented in the Dune series. Escape Felicity was highly reminiscent of the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Clues (or rather, the other way around). Overall, not a bad read. I wouldn't recommend it as someone's first foray into the ... ahem ... worlds of Frank Herbert. Though this is definitely a must-read for any Frank Herbert fan.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Joachim Boaz

    Full review: https://sciencefictionruminations.com... "I have long been a fan of Frank Herbert. In my youth I scarfed down Dune (1965) and all its sequels and cried (metaphorically) when his son Brian Herbert made a mockery of his vision. I even read the more dubious novels in Herbert’s canon: from The Green Brain (1966) to the co-written [...]" Full review: https://sciencefictionruminations.com... "I have long been a fan of Frank Herbert. In my youth I scarfed down Dune (1965) and all its sequels and cried (metaphorically) when his son Brian Herbert made a mockery of his vision. I even read the more dubious novels in Herbert’s canon: from The Green Brain (1966) to the co-written [...]"

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sean Hall

    A mixed bag of stories from 1958-67, some of which I found hard to get into - somewhat lengthy procedural sequences and dialogue exchanges, but every now and then there are unique concepts and fantastic details of a world not our own. I like how Herbert brings into his stories a fascination with insects and his occasional inclusion of the existence of sex and breeding.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Liz Brau

    A fun read for a Herbert fan! Many of the short story ideas you can see in other novels, and the Saboteur short story gives some extra detail to the Pan Spechi (woh, I just got that name - pan species), one of my favorite aliens in Frank's world. A fun read for a Herbert fan! Many of the short story ideas you can see in other novels, and the Saboteur short story gives some extra detail to the Pan Spechi (woh, I just got that name - pan species), one of my favorite aliens in Frank's world.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Philip Athans

    Faltered a bit in attempts at humor but this short collection of short stories showcased a few ideas further expanded upon in Dune and other novels. Of value, like most short story collections, primarily for the super fan.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Aaron the Pink Donut

    Not his best work. This collection will appeal only to those die hard completest of Herbert's Work Not his best work. This collection will appeal only to those die hard completest of Herbert's Work

  11. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    Some clever ideas in there, but I just don’t love short stories. I like the tactful saboteur the best I think.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nathan

    Being a long time fan of an author has certain difficulties, especially if your desire to love their work comes up against mediocre examples of it. It's happened to me with even some of my most beloved writers. Yet, after my initial resistance I have no choice but to call it like it is. I'd loved Herbert's Dune series for many years. They're such deep, imaginative, relevant works of fiction, let alone Sci-fi. Yet as I've managed to scrape together some of his earlier and more obscure works, I've Being a long time fan of an author has certain difficulties, especially if your desire to love their work comes up against mediocre examples of it. It's happened to me with even some of my most beloved writers. Yet, after my initial resistance I have no choice but to call it like it is. I'd loved Herbert's Dune series for many years. They're such deep, imaginative, relevant works of fiction, let alone Sci-fi. Yet as I've managed to scrape together some of his earlier and more obscure works, I've found myself often disappointed. Some of his stand alone novels, like the Dosadi Experiment, really do stand alone, having satisfying breadth and depth. But I have to honestly say that the short stories found in Worlds of Frank Herbert barely seem like they were written by the guy. Every story seemed underdeveloped with little to no payoff. Somebody must have wacked him with the talent wand halfway through his career because these early short stories certainly weren't promising. I'd like to think they just contain a complexity that I somehow missed, that the fault is in me, not in Herbert. But I suspect otherwise. I'm just thankful that he eventually became worthwhile.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jobby

    I always love reading stuff by Frank Herbert. This book has 8 short stories by him. Some are set in the far future while others feel like they are almost modern day. They are all clever though and all get you thinking. The first story, Tactful Saboteur, features the familiar character of Jorj X McKie, who was the main character in the novels Whipping Star and The Santaroga Barrier. Mating Call must have the freakiest ending (a grim twist to it). I also really enjoyed Old Rambling House and The Fea I always love reading stuff by Frank Herbert. This book has 8 short stories by him. Some are set in the far future while others feel like they are almost modern day. They are all clever though and all get you thinking. The first story, Tactful Saboteur, features the familiar character of Jorj X McKie, who was the main character in the novels Whipping Star and The Santaroga Barrier. Mating Call must have the freakiest ending (a grim twist to it). I also really enjoyed Old Rambling House and The Featherbedders, both of which have Frank's nice little signature twist. A-W-F Unlimited is probably the weakest story of the collection but does provide some light relief in the midst of the other stories. Overall a really enjoyable read. Which is what you'd expect from Frank Herbert.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    This was an excellent selection of way, way out there Herbert stories. The experience was only lessened by having already read a few of the stories in other collections. I enjoyed the collection so much that I have already passed it on, and also I have (once again) randomly discovered that one of the short stories is linked to a short novel I already own an old paperback copy of (oh, the days before spellcheck) and have begun reading.

  15. 5 out of 5

    nick

    how id rate each story (1)2 (2)3 (3)1 (4)3 (5)4 (6)2 (7)3 (8)2 (9)2.5 there where moments when it was to silly & uncreative. choppy & randomly shoved together. vaguely making out dated points. If youve read anything by him before then this will be disappointing, though its still worth reading.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    Some good vintage Herbert here. Especially 'The Tactful Saboteur', introducing Jorj X McKie, later star of 'Whipping Star' and 'The Dosadi Experiment'. From memory, that was the first Herbert short I read and 'Dune' the first novel. Made me a lifelong fan. Some good vintage Herbert here. Especially 'The Tactful Saboteur', introducing Jorj X McKie, later star of 'Whipping Star' and 'The Dosadi Experiment'. From memory, that was the first Herbert short I read and 'Dune' the first novel. Made me a lifelong fan.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Andrewcharles420

    Love the author, but this compilation of short stories really has nothing to offer. Has all the worst aspects of short stories--just a hint of a good idea in every other story with 30 pages of irrelevant wrapping around it to provide context, and no plot or character development.

  18. 5 out of 5

    *Kashi*

    Excellent collection! Love the "Mating Call" and "Tactful Saboteur" Excellent collection! Love the "Mating Call" and "Tactful Saboteur"

  19. 4 out of 5

    Norman Howe

    Science-Fiction

  20. 4 out of 5

    Louise Armstrong

    A bit dated and like so much old SF, not much of interest for girls.

  21. 5 out of 5

    bluetyson

    The Worlds Of Frank Herbert by Frank Herbert (1970)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brian Conway

  23. 4 out of 5

    Scotroyal

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sonny Luca

  25. 5 out of 5

    Blake

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jim

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  28. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ken

  30. 4 out of 5

    Todd Mcintosh

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