Book Review - The Eyes of Heisenberg, by Frank Herbert

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Book Review - The Eyes of Heisenberg, by Frank Herbert

Postby Omphalos » 25 Apr 2010 21:45

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Frank Herbert's 1966 dystopic medical thriller The Eyes of Heisenberg is, like many of his other novel length stories, an expansion on an earlier short story. This book found its genesis in Herbert's 1956 Galaxy-published short story Do I Sleep or Wake. It is the story of a far-future race of human drones that are watched over by a benevolent yet distanced cadre of genetically modified immortals called the Optimen. At least, that is how it seems. The ordinary people of this world - The Folk - feel comfort from the presence of the Optimen, who promised to guard them and make their lives whole. "They are the power that loves and cares for us," the Folk say. It takes little time for Herbert to make clear that the catchy slogans of the Folk really don’t reflect reality. The Optimen live gilded lives in enormous castles and though they were once as human as the Folk over which they rule, they remember little of the mortal lives they lived 8,000 years prior. The Eyes of Heisenberg is the story of two groups of immortal post-human powers who vie for control of the world, and a group of ordinary humans who seek to recapture the most basic of human rights; the right to reproduce...Please click here, or on the book cover above, to be taken to the complete review..

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Re: Book Review - The Eyes of Heisenberg, by Frank Herbert

Postby SandChigger » 25 Apr 2010 22:54

Is reproduction considered a basic human right?

We may have to do something about that.... :twisted:

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Re: Book Review - The Eyes of Heisenberg, by Frank Herbert

Postby Omphalos » 26 Apr 2010 00:11

Believe it or not I think Keanu got it right when he said:

You know, Mrs. Buckman, you need a license to buy a dog, to drive a car - hell, you even need a license to catch a fish. But they'll let any butt-reaming asshole be a father.

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Re: Book Review - The Eyes of Heisenberg, by Frank Herbert

Postby Freakzilla » 26 Apr 2010 14:10

Omphalos wrote:Believe it or not I think Keanu got it right when he said:

You know, Mrs. Buckman, you need a license to buy a dog, to drive a car - hell, you even need a license to catch a fish. But they'll let any butt-reaming asshole be a father.


It's not like he WROTE it. :wink:
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Re: Book Review - The Eyes of Heisenberg, by Frank Herbert

Postby nampigai » 27 Apr 2010 03:32

has the book been re-published? the cover looks new-ish.

That's the only positive thing I can see about the greedy estate. If they believe they can milk the cash cow even more.
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Re: Book Review - The Eyes of Heisenberg, by Frank Herbert

Postby lotek » 27 Apr 2010 05:33

did read it a while ago but I fail to see the right to reproduce as a basic human righht
Pursuit of hapiness, sufficient food and shelter, freedom of movement... ok

Having kids should be only allowed after people are given psychological tests
otherwise this will happen:
Spice is the worm's gonads.

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Re: Book Review - The Eyes of Heisenberg, by Frank Herbert

Postby DuneFishUK » 27 Apr 2010 16:56

nampigai wrote:has the book been re-published? the cover looks new-ish.

That's the only positive thing I can see about the greedy estate. If they believe they can milk the cash cow even more.

They re-printed this one, Santaroga and Green Brain. Then sod-all after that.

I really like the cover on the version I got - great style (and no Herbert Parasites got any money for it) :)

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Re: Book Review - The Eyes of Heisenberg, by Frank Herbert

Postby Omphalos » 27 Apr 2010 18:03

That's the cyborg from the passage I quoted on that cover. Neat-o!


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