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Index to our previous shows

  • Shows from September, 2002
  • Shows from August, 2002
  • Shows from July, 2002
  • Shows from June, 2002
  • Shows from May, 2002
  • April 20, 2002 - Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert
  • Shows from March, 2002
  • Shows from February, 2002
  • Shows from January, 2002
  • Shows from December 2001
  • Shows from November, 2001
  • Shows from October, 2001
  • Shows from September, 2001
  • Shows from August, 2001
  • Shows from July, 2001
  • Shows from June, 2001
  • Shows from May, 2001
  • Shows from April, 2001
  • Shows from March, 2001
  • Shows from February, 2001
  • Shows from January, 2001
  • Shows from November - December, 2000
  • Shows from September - October, 2000
  • Shows from July - August, 2000

  • Kevin Anderson and Brian Herbert

    On Saturday - April 20th, 2002 - our guests were Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert, authors of Dune: House Corrino, the latest in their series of prequels to Frank Herbert's book Dune.
    For the last three years Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson have been writing a trilogy of books that form a prequel to Frank Herbert's Dune series. And now that they have finished the last book in this trilogy we arrive at the beginning where it all started. We now know the back story for all the characters who appear in Dune, we understand more of the political and social background that lead up to Dune and the stage is set for the events that will play out in that novel and its sequels.

    All I can say is that I want more! Dune: House Corrino is a really good book that maintains the high standards that Brian and Kevin have set for themselves. It neatly ties together all of the plot strands that they wove through the previous books and sets the stage for Dune and all the books that follow. How can I say anything other than that this book is most highly recommended.
       Dune - House Corrino cover - Copyright © 2001 by Bantam Books
    Cover Copyright © 2001 by Bantam Books
    And now Brian and Kevin are hard at work on the story of the Butlerian Jihad, which will tell the tale of the conflict between humans and thinking machines and which explains why the universe of Dune includes Kings and Princes but no computers. I can hardly wait.
    Dogged Persistence - cover Copyright © 2001 by Golden Gryphon Press.  Click on this image to go to the Publisher's page for this book to learn more about it and to order it online.
    Cover Copyright © 2001 by Golden Gryphon Press
    Hopscotch - cover Copyright © 2002 by Bantam Books.
    Cover Copyright © 2002 by Bantam Books

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    • Click here to listen to a previous interview that we did with Kevin Anderson and Brian Herbert concerning Dune: House Harkonnen.
    • Click here to listen an interview that we did with John Harrison, the director of the Dune mini-series that aired on the SciFi Channel in 2000.
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    Links for more information relating to this show

    Kevin Anderson, Brian Herbert and Dune
  • Click here to go to the official web site for Dune.
  • Click here for a web site discussing Dune : House Atreides.
  • Click here for the Museum Arrakeen web site or here for a web site discussing the 1984 Dune movie.
  • Click here to go to the official Kevin J. Anderson Web Page.
  • You can learn more about Kevin's book Dogged Persistence by going to the book's page at the Golden Gryphon web site. {You'll be able to order a signed copy on-line there.} You find out about other books from this fabulous small press by going to their main web page.
  • And if you enjoyed this show and would like to know when other interviews are uploaded to the Hour 25 web site, then send an email to me at wwjames@earthlink.net and I will add your name to the free Hour 25 Newsletter mailing list. That way you'll get a brief notice in your email every time a new show gets uploaded to the web.

    The Shenzhou Project
  • Click here to go to the Go Taikonauts! web site, an unofficial web page covering the Shenzhou project and other aspects of China's space program.
  • The Encyclopedia Astronautica is a fabulous reference source for information about various space projects, including China's current activities. You can read more about the Shenzhou spacecraft and view many pictures of it at their Shenzhou web page. Check our their Chinese Space Station web page or their Chinese Lunar Base web page to learn about China's plans for Space Stations and Lunar exploration in the coming decades.
  • This web site has some great pictures of a model of the Shenzhou spacecraft.
  • Click here to go to the web site for the China Great Wall Industry Corporation to learn more about the launch vehicles used for China's space program.

    Other Space and Computer News
  • I find Jerry Pournelle's web site, The View from Chaos Manor, to be one of the most fascinating places on the web. It is filled with news and opinions from Jerry and many other folks and more than once has alerted me to a new computer virus or some other late breaking computer problem - such as Dell Computer's use of non-standard hardware. I don't always agree with Jerry's politics - though I do more often than either of us might imagine - but I always find him to be interesting and thought provoking. Go there and give his site a look. I think you'll find it interesting. Highly recommended.
  • While we were taking a break from doing Hour 25, Space Adventures and the Myasishchev Design Bureau (MDB) in collaboration with the Cosmopolis XXI Suborbital Corporation announced that they will be building a sub-orbital rocket that will be used to provide tourist access to space. For more information about this project check out this web page from Space Adventures or this other Space Adventures web page or read this article produced by Aviation Week.
  • To view real time images of the Sun and see some of the comets discovered by the SOHO orbiting observatory, you should go to their web site or view this NASA web page showing the comet discovered by an amateur astronomer using data from the SOHO spacecraft. For more information about Sun-grazing comets and how to discover them over the Internet, check out this NASA web page

    ISS News
  • The Florida Today web site has a very interesting report about the causes of the ISS budget problems and their impact on the space program. It makes very interesting reading.
  • Click here to view the press kits for various ISS missions.
  • Check out the NASA International Space Station web page or the Boeing web page to learn more about this project.
  • A great source of news about Russian space activities, including their work on the ISS, can be found at the Russian Space Web.
  • Do you wonder where the Space Station is right now? You can use your browser to view real time maps showing the location of the ISS by going to this link at the NASA Space Link web site or here at the Johnson Spacecraft Center. Please note that your browser must support Java to make use of this satellite tracking software.
  • You can find out when the ISS - or many other spacecraft - can be seen from your location by going to this NASA web page. Please note; your browser must support Java for this application to work.

    For On-Going Updates on Space News
  • The Reusable Launch & Space Vehicle News web page that is part of the Hobby Space web site is a really good place to watch for news about, well... Reuseable Launch Vehicles and related subjects. I check it out just about every day and often find news there that doesn't show up anywhere else. Give it a look. {And while you're there be sure to check out some of the site's other pages. Wow! Is there a lot of information there.}
  • The Space Today web site is a great place to find space news from all over the 'net.
  • The Spaceflight Now web site carries real time information about current space missions and presents a lot of space and astronomy news. This is the place I go to when I want up to the minute information about current space missions. Do I need to say more?
  • The NASA Watch web site is another great place for getting information about current space missions. Check there also for news about other 'goings on' within NASA. Highly recommended.

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