Re: Dune newbie questions
Weren't the first three novels written at the same time? I seem to recall Herbert mentioning he had written some of Dune Messiah before he even completed the first novel in one of his introductions.
That was my understanding of it. The last two novels were the first part of a never completed trilogy, also, and the fourth novel was, I understand, designed as a bridge between those (though it works quite well independent of the latter duology).
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